Vancouver Knights became the inaugural Global T20 Canada champions by defeating West Indies B by seven wickets in the final on Sunday at Maple Leaf Cricket Ground, King City.
After being asked to bat first, the impressive yet prone to imploding Windies side collapsed to 53 for five in 7.4 overs, including their mainstays Brandon Kings, Sherfane Rutherford and Nicholas Pooran who together could only contribute 25 runs. By the end of 14th over, Windies were 105 for seven and then followed a brilliant Fabian Allen cameo of 41 off just 23 balls, including 3 fours and 3 sixes. But soon after he left, Windies were bowled out 145 in 17.4 overs, at least 25 to 30 runs short of par score.
Sheldon Cottrell had another brilliant day with the ball as he returned with the figures of 4 for 29 in 3.4 overs. Australian leggie Fawad Ahmed took 3 wickets for 24 while Canadian Saad Bin Zafar took two.
In reply, Knights openers Chadwick Walton and Chris Gayle were back in the hut inside two overs with Ben Dunk following them back in the hut eight balls later. For a moment the game looked poised but a brilliant 126-run partnership between Saad Bin Zafar and South African Rassie van der Dussen helped them chase down the target with 15 balls to spare and seven wickets in hand. Saad Bin Zafar top-scored with 79* while van der Dussen finished at 44*.
Saad Bin Zafar was adjudged man of the match for his brilliant all-round performance, while Lendl Simmons was declared the player of the tournament.