By Ravendra Madholall in Toronto
Pakistan high-profile opening batsman Mohammad Rizwan struck an impressive, unbeaten 68 to inspire Vancouver Knights to a convincing nine-wicket win against Montreal Tigers on Tuesday when action continued in the 2023 Global T20 at Brampton Sports Park, Ontario, Canada.

The diminutive right-handed Rizwan caressed ten fours and a six to help his team reach 103 with 31 balls remaining in response to Tigers’ modest 99 all out in the penultimate over.

Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan scored 68 runs from 54 balls in Vancouver Knights win. Photo: Pal Pillai/Focus Sports/ GT20

Bowling with menacing pace, left-arm quickie Ruben Trumpelmann snatched 3-8 from his four maximum overs to capture the player-of-the-match award.

Rizwan and Corbin Bosch also shared an eventful, unbeaten 82-run second-wicket stand that drained enthusiasm out of the Tigers.

Vancouver Knights lost Fakhar Zaman for 4 but once Rizwan and his fellow right-handed Bosch linked up, the innings never lacked momentum on a benign pitch.

Bosch was left not out on 28 which contained three fours from 29 balls while Rizwan occupied the crease for 54 deliveries.

Jamaican and West Indies dynamic all-rounder Andre Russell was the wicket-taker having bowled Zaman.

Earlier, Vancouver Knights won the toss and without hesitation elected to bowl.
The decision was vindicated as they picked up wickets at regular intervals leaving the table-topper Montreal Tigers tottering at 28-4.

They lost skipper Chris Lynn without scoring while Dilpreet Singh and Guyanese sensational batting talent Sherfane Rutherford departed for 14 and 01 respectively.

Opener Muhammad Waseem provided some resistance by scoring a defiant 28.

As wickets continued tumbling in perfect conditions for cricket, Dipendra Singh Airee scored a fighting 24 while Russell (12) and his fellow West Indian Carlos Brathwaite (08) perished in quick succession.

Trumpelmann, who removed the inform Rutherford taken by skipper Rassie van der Dussen at mid-on also accounted for Russell and Brathwaite.

Another seamer Junaid Siddique also bagged three wickets but conceded 27 runs off 3.3 overs and Bosch with 2-16 from four overs as well to complement a fine all-round show.

Meanwhile, in the preceding fixture, Surrey Jaguars surged to a dominant six-wicket triumph over defending champions Brampton Wolves with 11 balls unused.

Reuben Trumpelmann
Reuben Trumpelmann picked up 3 for 8. Photo: Pal Pillai/Focus Sports/ GT20

Brampton Wolves took first strike at the invitation of Surrey Jaguars and only struggled to an inadequate 128-9 from the allocation of 20-overs. Jaguars achieved victory in the 19th over, courtesy of a solid, unbeaten knock of 59 from Bangladesh experienced batsman Litton Das. He batted with fluency and maturity too and got useful support from captain Iftikar Ahmed who helped formalized things with 38 not out.

For Brampton Wolves, Colin de Grandhomme stroked 34 to be the principal scorer. Ammar Khalid, Ayaan Khan and Matthew Forde grabbed two wickets each for the victorious combination. Das copped the player-of-the-match award.

The six-franchised tournament is slated to continue Wednesday with another double-header then the first Qualifier Friday morning and the Eliminator to be followed at 3:30 pm.

The competition is set to culminate Sunday with action commencing from noon.

Despite the defeat, Tigers still roaring at the top with nine points from seven games while Knights have moved up to number 4 with seven points from six encounters. Jaguars are occupying the number 2 spot with eight points in their six outings while Wolves are also on eight points but played seven games to be in 4th position. Toronto Nationals and Mississauga Panthers are languishing at 5 and 6 respectively.