After losing four consecutive games in the ongoing season of the Global T20 Canada, Edmonton Royals returned to winning ways by recording a strong performance against Winnipeg Hawks. In the 13th game of the Canadian T20 frenzy, Royals decided to bowl first after winning the toss. Hawks’ batters posted a mammoth total of 195 on the board which was later chased courtesy of a heroic batting effort by Royals.
A major talking point of the game was the performance of stand-in skipper Mohammad Hafeez who produced his first meaningful batting outing.
Losing Navneet Dhaliwal early in a stiff chase, the Pakistani veteran portrayed his class to form a 99-run partnership with Anshuman Rath. The 38-year-old cricketer smashed his first half-century of the tournament to strengthen Royals’ position.
Not only that, Hafeez bowled two economical overs giving away only 14 runs which allowed Royals to keep Hawks under 200. While Rath flew away with the player of the match award, Hafeez’s all-round show was pivotal to aid Royals to register their first victory of the 20-over event.