It’s been remarkably close in the Global T20 Canada Cricket League and things are only going to get more competitive moving forward as teams get into their groove. While Brampton Wolves and Montreal Tigers are reigning supreme at the top of the ladder, other teams are not too far behind and a good result for teams placed in the bottom four can make all the difference.
Up next in the tournament, we have the Vancouver Knights set to take on Montreal Tigers in what will be an important match for both these sides. Vancouver Knights will want to win here to move higher on the ladder whereas Montreal Tigers will be targeting the top of the table spot, which they will get if they manage to win here.
The match between the two sides is to be played on 25th July 2023 at the CAA Centre, Brampton. Given the context of this match in the larger scheme of things and the way the two sides have played so far, it is expected to be a cracker of a match. Definitely not the one to miss out.
Vancouver Knights vs Montreal Tigers Head to Head
The Montreal Tigers are gearing up for their third encounter against the Vancouver Knights, desperately seeking their maiden triumph over their rivals. Their previous showdown in 2019 concluded in a no-result, adding to the anticipation of this upcoming match. It the only completed match between the two, Vancouver Knights emerged on top. Having said that, it was long ago and should hold little significance coming into this one.
Vancouver Knights vs Montreal Tigers Canada GT20 Live Telecast and Streaming
The tournament will have massive coverage across the globe with major channels and streaming services covering it. Locally in Canada, the tournament will be streamed for free on CBN. It will also be available on Hotstar Canada and Free Sports TV.
Indian subcontinent viewers can catch the action live either on Hotstar or live on TV on Star Sports Network.
Viewers in England and the USA can watch it live on Willow TV. In Australia, the match will be telecasted and streamed on Fox Sports and Free Sports Network respectively.
VAK VS MOT TEAM PREVIEWS
Vancouver Knights got off to a rather poor start but quickly bounced their way back into the tournament. They are now placed fourth on the ladder with one win from two matches and a win here will lift them to the third spot, largely because of their poor net run-rate, which is -0.229.
The Knights were, in particular, poor with the bat in their first match as they conceded 151 runs in 15 overs before failing to chase that target. Their skipper – Rassie van der Dussen played a valiant knock only to end on the losing side.
The Knights were set to chase a target of 152 runs, but despite skipper Rassie van der Dussen’s impressive half-century of 51 runs from 24 balls, they fell agonizingly short, managing to accumulate only 142/4. Van der Dussen fought valiantly to keep his side in the hunt, but their hopes were dashed by an exceptional final over from Zaman Khan. Displaying nerves of steel, Khan successfully defended 13 runs in the last over, conceding a mere three runs and dismissing van der Dussen on the final delivery, securing a thrilling victory for the Nationals.
In their second match though, their bowlers bounced back to produce a remarkably good performance as they restricted Mississauga Panthers for 158. The Knights’ bowlers, led by Corbin Bosch, deserve credit for their disciplined bowling performance in the first innings. Bosch claimed 2 wickets, while Ruben Trumpelmann, Nawab Singh, and Harsh Thaker each contributed with a wicket, restricting the Panthers to a challenging yet achievable total.
In their pursuit of 159 for victory, the Vancouver Knights exhibited a strong batting display. The opening pair of Fakhar Zaman and Vritiya Aravind provided a steady start, setting the stage for the standout performance of Harsh Thaker. Thaker’s exceptional innings of 75 runs off 54 deliveries, adorned with 9 boundaries, anchored the chase brilliantly. Rassie van der Dussen also played a crucial role, contributing 31 runs off 22 balls, including 1 four and 2 sixes. Despite facing some challenges during the middle overs, the Knights maintained their composure, and a late six from Corbin Bosch ultimately sealed a comfortable victory.
Harsh Thaker’s remarkable batting display earned him the well-deserved ‘Player of the Match’ award, as his match-winning innings propelled the Vancouver Knights to an exciting triumph.
After a poor performance in the first match, the Knights bounced back in a stunning manner. They have an excellent side on paper with batters as well as the bowlers doing stupendously well. If they can continue doing the same in the upcoming match as well, the Montreal Tigers will have their work cut out.
Montreal Tigers have undoubtedly been one of the best sides of the tournament, having played two games and coming out on top in both of those. They are second on the points table, right behind Brampton Wolves, who have played three and won two. A win here for the Tigers will push them to the top of the points table and that is exactly what they will be aiming for here.
Tigers started their campaign against Surrey Jaguars and did an excellent job as they won the match by five wickets. Their batsmen and bowlers both contributed pretty well in the match with Shakib Al Hasan leading the pack beautifully.
Shakib Al Hasan was brought into the game in the fifth over and quickly made an impact by getting Liton caught off his fourth delivery, claiming his first wicket in the league. Throughout the match, Shakib proved to be a valuable asset, taking two more wickets and finishing with excellent figures of three for 18 in four overs, playing a crucial role in limiting Surrey Jaguars to 136 for six.
Not just with the ball, Shakib showcased his skills with the bat too, as he hammered a rapid 26 runs off just 13 balls. His innings included four boundaries and a six, helping the Montreal Tigers successfully chase down the target with nine balls to spare. Although Shakib’s performance was stellar, it was a collective effort from Dilpreet Singh, Dipendra Singh Airee, and Carlos Brathwaite that ultimately led the Tigers to victory.
In their latest encounter against the Mississauga Panthers, the Montreal Tigers’ batsmen looked in control right from the start. They comfortably achieved the target of 141 with 25 balls to spare, thanks to an outstanding half-century scored by Chris Lynn.
The Tigers’ run chase began with a slight setback when Muhammad Waseem departed early for just 4 runs in the second over, with the team’s score at 12. Nevertheless, skipper Chris Lynn and Shakib Al Hasan joined forces to steady the innings, forging a quick 60-run partnership. However, Usman Qadir dismissed Shakib in the ninth over after the latter had contributed 36 runs from 24 balls, including five boundaries and two sixes.
Sherfane Rutherford played a crucial cameo of 27 runs, but he fell in the 15th over when the team was just 10 runs away from victory. Meanwhile, Chris Lynn remained unbeaten throughout and skillfully guided the Tigers to triumph. His exceptional innings of 64 runs off 45 balls, featuring nine boundaries and a six, was instrumental in securing the victory for the Tigers.
All in all, the Tigers have hit all the right notes so far in the competition with batting as well as bowling both contributing remarkably well. As demonstrated in the first match, they bat deep and that could be a game-changing strength to have. Unless they make blunders in the field, they are going to be a very hard team to get past.
VAK VS MOT BETTING TIPS
It is an important match for both the sides but for contrasting reasons. While the Knights will want to get into the thick of the things at the top of the ladder, the Tigers will be eying the top of the table. Both sides are coming off a win from their previous match and will be fairly confident of repeating the same here. However, given that the Tigers have been an overall better side between the two and have a battery of versatile all-rounders, we would be banking on them to get home here. Bet on the Montreal Tigers to register a win.