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Shakib’s Montreal beat Litton’s Surrey to clinch GT20 Canada title

Published : 07 Aug 2023 08:16 PM

Surrey Jaguars batter Liton Das couldn't make his presence felt in the grand finale of the GT20 Canada against Montreal Tigers as he managed a 13-ball 12 as Surrey succumbed to a dramatic five-wicket defeat at the CAA Centre on Sunday. 

The Montreal Tigers chased down the target of 131, with five wickets in hand. Jatinder Singh’s (56*) half century and Iftikhar Ahmed's (2/8) crafty spell kept the Jaguars in the mix till the very last delivery, however, Sherfane Rutherford (38*) and Andre Russell (20*) wove a match winning partnership of 29 runs in just twelve balls to bring home the trophy for the Montreal Tigers. 

The Montreal Tigers won the toss and chose to field first. Openers Mohammad Haris (23) and Jatinder Singh (56*) started cautiously and at the end of the powerplay the Surrey Jaguars were 35/0.

Jatinder Singh anchored the innings, with an unbeaten half century. A. Afzal Khan got the Tigers their first breakthrough, when he trapped a well settled Mohammad Haris (23) in the sixth over. Litton (12) joined Jatinder Singh and continued to rotate the strike and minimize risks. At the halfway mark of ten overs the Jaguars were 58/1.