Brampton, August 2nd 2023: The final day of the league phase of Global T20 Canada saw the Surrey Jaguars down the Mississauga Panthers to secure the top berth on the points table. The Jaguars chased down their target with ease after they bundled out the Panthers for a meager score of 56, powered by great spells from Sandeep Lamichhane, Matthew Forde and Iftikhar Ahmed. In the second match of the day, the Vancouver Knights defeated the Toronto Nationals by 25 runs, catapulting themselves into the second position on the point table. Their victory was spearheaded by the crafty bowling of Harsh Thakker and Corbin Bosch. With the day’s results, Surrey Jaguars, Vancouver Knights, Montreal Tigers and Brampton Wolves secure the top four positions to find themselves in the playoffs.

The Mississauga Panthers were asked to bat first after the Surrey Jaguars won the toss. The Panthers had a lackluster start, with the early dismissals of Mihir Patel (0), along with Cameron Delport (4) and Shreyas Movva (17), who were scalped in quick succession by Matthew Forde. At the end of powerplay, the innings was in trouble at 30/3. However, the innings further disintegrated between the sixth and ninth over, where the Panthers lost four wickets and only scored four runs. Left arm spinner, Ayaan Khan flummoxed Shoaib Malik (5), and  leggie, Sandeep Lamichhane dismissed the dangerous Azam Khan (2) and Tom Cooper (0) in quick succession. Nikhil Dutta (10) made a vital contribution but was sent back to the pavilion by Iftikhar Ahmed.  James Neesham (9*) stuck around to the end but the Panthers eventually bundled out for a low total of 56, with Sandeep Lamichhane and Iftikhar Ahmed mopping up the tail.

Mohammad Haris (37*) anchored the comfortable run chase for the Jaguars with an unbeaten innings. Haris cracked boundaries at will, rapidly chipping away at the paltry target. Jatinder Singh (2) and Litton Das (10) departed in the powerplay, but Iftikhar Ahmed (8*) joined Mohammad Haris to ensure the Jaguars reached their target with ease, winning with eight wickets and eleven overs remaining.

The Toronto Nationals elected to field first. The Knights lost an early wicket when Fakhar Zaman was dismissed by Faheem Ashraf. At the end of the powerplay the Knights were 49/1 as Mohammad Rizwan (27) extended his purple patch along with Corbin Bosch (30), putting together yet another good partnership of 62 runs. The innings staggered when Shahid Afridi secured the crucial wickets of Rizwan and Rassie Van Der Dussen (2). Najibullah Zadran (15) looked menacing but departed in the fourteenth over. Harsh Thaker played an unbeaten cameo and with a contribution from Riyaan Pathan (10) in the death overs, the Knights finished at 128/7.

With the Toronto Nationals needing to chase their target in 18.3 overs to secure a playoff position, they responded in full throttle. Nicholas Kirton (19) found himself three boundaries in the first over. However, the pursuit of a high run rate proved costly as the top order collapsed within the powerplay. Spinner, Harsh Thaker bagged Kirton and Hamza Tariq (14) in the fourth over, while Junaid Siddique dismissed Gerhard Erasmus (3) and Sikandar Raza (0) in the fifth over. Soon after Shahid Afridi (1) was also dismissed after he miscued a shot of Corbin Bosch. At the end of the powerplay the Nationals were in hot water at 45/5. Darren Bravo (28), who came in at number three, tried to steward the innings, even striking two consecutive sixes of Harsh Thaker before perishing in the same over as the pressure continued to mount and the wickets continued to fall around him. Zaman Khan (14) threatened to pull off a heist, with a couple of boundaries, but the Nationals were bowled out for 103 in 15.5 overs, resulting in a 25-run victory for the Vancouver Knights

Upcoming Fixtures  
The eagerly anticipated playoffs will begin on Friday when the Surrey Jaguars take on the Vancouver Knights in Eliminator 1 for a berth in the finals, while the second match of the day will feature Montreal Tigers and Brampton Wolves in Eliminator 2. The losing team from Eliminator 1 will take on the winner of Eliminator 2 on Saturday for a place in the finals.

Where to watch:
Matches will be live streamed on FanCode and cricket lovers in India can also watch the matches live on Star Sports 2 (HD)

Brief Scores:
Mississauga Panthers – 56/10 (Shreyas Movva – 17 runs in 14 balls, Nikhil Dutta – 10 runs in 15 balls, Sandeep Lamichhane – 3/6, Matthew Forde – 2/8, Iftikhar Ahmed – 2/13

Surrey Jaguars – 59/2 (Mohammad Harris – 37* runs in 23 balls, Iftikhar Ahmed – 8 runs in 9 balls, Usman Qadir – 1/21, Cecil Parvez – 1/20)

Jaguars won by 8 wickets (with 66 balls remaining)

Vancouver Knights – 128/7 (Corbin Bosch – 30 runs in 26 balls, Harsh Thaker 23* runs in 18 balls, Sikandar Raza – 2/15, Shahid Afridi – 2/16, Farhan Malik – 1/14)

Toronto Nationals- 103/10 (Darren Bravo – 28 runs in 26, Nicholas Kirton – 19 runs in 11 balls, Hamza Tariq – 14 runs in 10 balls, Zaman Khan – 14 runs in 9 balls, Harsh Thaker – 4/29, Corbin Bosch – 3/11, Junaid Siddique – 2/30

VK won by 25 runs

About Cricket CanadaCricket Canada is the official governing body for the sport of cricket in Canada. It is a not-for-profit organization recognized by the International Cricket Council and the Government of Canada.About Global T20 CanadaThe primary objective of Global T20 Canada is to promote the sport of cricket in Canada and around the world. This is achieved by providing world class cricket broadcast, both on television and internet platforms, hosting the sports diverse fan base in the stadium and in communities where they otherwise never get to see their cricket heroes play in person.


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