Pakistan medium pace bowler Kaleem Sana outlasted superb Windies all-rounder Andre Russell as the Winnipeg Hawks dethroned the Vancouver Knights to claim the Global T20 Canada title via a Super Over on Sunday.

In the thrilling encounter, the Hawks, led by an industrious 90 from 45 from Shaiman Anwar, put 192 for 8 on the board during their time at the crease.  In pursuit, the defending champions were in early trouble following the dismals of opener Chadwick Walton and then Tobias Visee with just two runs on the board. 

With the Knights continuing to lose wickets at regular intervals it seemed the Hawks were well on their way to victory when Russell came to the crease, with the team struggling at 140 for 5 and only three overs to go.  The big West Indian, however, had other ideas.  Russell clobbered a dominant 46 from 20 deliveries but saw the Knights fall just short of overhauling the target as Saad Bin Zafar was run out on the last ball of the final over, leaving the teams tied on 192.

Just like he was in the final over, Sana was given the responsibility during the one-over eliminator and although the West Indian clobbered him for six on the first delivery, he recovered to have Russell caught on the boundary by Dwayne Smith on his fourth.

Having claimed 4 for 29, Russell took the ball to defend his team’s 9 runs but was unable to do so.

A blistering century from veteran West Indian batsman Chris Gayle counted for nothing as Vancouver Knight’s Global T20 Canada encounter against Montreal Tigers was abandoned due to rain.

The 39-year-old struck a magnificent 122 as Vancouver powered to 276 for 3 in their turn at the crease.  The big West Indian blasted seven boundaries and an astounding 12 sixes as the team posted the second-highest total in T20 cricket.

Gayle was well supported by opening partner Tobais Visee who scored a quick-fire 51 runs from 19 balls.  South Africa’s Rassie Van der Dussen also got in on the act after smashing 56 from 26 balls.  The Tigers were, however, unable to reply after the game was called off due to persistent rain.  The Knights, who are currently third in the table, were looking for their second win of the campaign having lost their previous encounter.

 

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