Gayle-led Vancouver Knights win Global T20 League title
An unbeaten fifty run knock from Saad Bin Zafar guided Chris Gayle led Vancouver Knights to clinch the title of inaugural Global T20 Canada pushing aside West Indies B by seven wickets.
Vancouver reached 148-3 with 15 balls to spare in reply to West Indies B’s 145 all out in 17.4 overs.
Zafar plundered eight boundaries and three sixes in his match-winning 48-ball 79 run innings and was adjudged man of the match.
When Chris Gayle already back in the pavilion scoring 2 runs, Zafar and Rassie van der Dussen joined in the crease when Vancouver was in big trouble at 22-3.
A fourth-wicket partnership worth 126 runs between Bin Zafar and Rassie van der Dussen steadily progressed Vancouver to the winning target. Van der Dussen added 44 from 41. Green claimed 2 for 20 to be the West Indies B leading wicket-taker.
Earlier, being sent in to bat after losing the toss, the West Indies B openers failed to deal with the pace of Cottrell restricting the opponent team to 145.
Cottrell struck early to remove Sheldon Springer (10) in the second over, before returning to claim his opening partner Justin Greaves (16) in the fourth.
For West Indies B, only Fabian Allen smashed 41 from 23 balls, managed to tackle Knights’ bowling attacks. Cottrell who returned to remove lower order batsmen DC Green (9) and Jeremiah Louis (2) ended with the innings best figures with the ball after taking 4 for 29.
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“This was surreal. It was a bit intimidating to play under Gayle because I’m a big fan and 10 years ago I took a picture with him,” said Zafar. “But he’s been a supportive captain. He trusted me and gave me responsibility and I’m glare-Global I could live up to it.”
“Saad’s job was to consolidate the innings for us, but he actually brought it home,” said Gayle. “Everyone played a role for us in this tournament and I’m very happy with Saad’s performance in the final.”
“Happy to be on the winning side, but I can’t take away anything from West Indies B,” said Gayle. “They’ve beaten everyone in the tournament and they made it to the final. I do want to commend my players for pulling this off. Our batting and bowling has been excellent throughout.”
The tournament in Canada managed to bring together some of the most exciting players in the T20 format from around the globe. The drawcards included Australians Steve Smith and David Warner, who are serving 12-month bans from international cricket imposed by Cricket Australia for their involvement in ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March.