GT20 Playoff 2 Report: Winnipeg Hawks Vs Edmonton Royals

Composed half centuries from Australians David Warner and Ben McDermott alongside a four-wicket haul bowling spell from West Indian Rayad Emrit, were the cornerstones behind Winnipeg Hawks ending Edmonton Royals stay in the competition.

Winnipeg won the toss and asked Edmonton to bat first in this knockout tie and they got a perfect start from New Zealander Luke Ronchi (25) and West Indian Andre Fletcher, as they raced to fifty in just five overs.

Even when Ronchi was dismissed caught by wicket-keeper McDermott, Pakistan’s Agha Salman joined Fletcher and they continued to lay a solid platform for Edmonton’s taking the score to 113/1 at the 10th over halfway stage.

However, Winnipeg would begin their fight back when Fletcher was run by a throw from Tion Webster from the mid-wicket boundary. 

Then Emit would lead Winnipeg’s bowling effort, as Edmonton’s middle-order international players including Pakistani Shahid Afridi (4), South African Farhaan Behardien (18), Shaiman Anwar (16) from United Arab Emirates and Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien (2) all failed to register major scores. Edmonton would only score another 65 runs in the final ten overs, while losing eight wickets.

When it was Winnipeg’s turn to bat Warner and the tournament-leading run scorer Lendl Simmons quickly went on the attack against Edmonton’s left-arm pace trio of Pakistani’s Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan and South African Wayne Parnell, as they raced to 76/0 in seventh over.

The most uncomfortable moment for Winnipeg in their run chase, was when Mark Deyal got hit in the pace by a rising delivery from Irfan and he fell down and required treatment. In between this drama, Warner’s classy innings was ended when hit by a long-hop delivery from Salman to be out caught on the mid-wicket boundary.

 McDermott, whose innings was his second fifty of the competition would guide Winnipeg home without further loss.

Summary Result: Winnipeg Hawks 185/3 in 19.5 overs (Ben McDermott 65, David Warner 55, Lendl Simmons 33) defeats Edmonton Royals 183/9 in 20 overs (Agha Salman 44, Andre Fletcher 41; Rayad Emrit 4-28) by seven wickets