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Sandeep plays crucial role in Tigers' first victory

Jul 04, 2018 | Saleena Shrestha |
Nepal's Sandeep Lamichhane came up with another excellent performance with tight bowling figures of 1-16 playing a crucial role in Montreal Tigers' first victory in the Global Twenty20 Canada on Wednesday.
At the Maple Leaf North-West ground in King City, Tigers defeated Edmonton Royals by 15 runs in a match where Sandeep once again began with a wicket maiden in his four-over spell.
Electing to field first, Edmonton restricted Tigers for an average total of 129-6 in 20 overs. But Tigers bowlers did extremely well in their defence, skittling out Royals for 114 runs in 19.1 overs lifting their team to fifth spot in the six-team tournament.
The victory also kept Royals alive in the race to reach the second round. Luke Ronchi topscored for Royals with 30 off 19 balls. Shaiman Anwar made 24 and Kevin O’ Brein made 15 for the team. 
While it was Sandeep who tightened the screws up front after he was introduced in the third over, man-of-the-match Peter Siddle demolished Royals batting order returning the figures of 4-13 from 3.1 overs. 
Skipper Lasith Malinga and Kevon Cooper also took two wickets each. 
Jet-lagged by a 20-hour flight from New Delhi to Toronto, Sandeep had a horrendous start after he was smashed for 57 runs the match against West Indies 'B'. But he bounced back in the second game taking 1-19 but still couldn't avert the team's 18-run loss against Vancouver Knights.
On Wednesday, he was even better after he got rid of Andre Fletcher (nine) in the first over he bowled. Royals collected five runs from his second over and seven in the third. His fourth and team's 12th over just went for four runs.  
Earlier, Moises Henriques almost played a lone hand collecting a run-a-ball 50 for the Montreals hitting five fours and a sixe, while Nazbullah Zadran (22 off 17) and Sikandar Raza (20 off 17) were two other batsmen to contribute in double figures. 
Wayne Parnell returned the figures of 3-15 in his four-over spell while Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Hassan Khan had a wicket each for Edmonton. 
Tigers will now compete against Toronto Nationals on July 8Sunday.


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