Montreal Tigers registered a five-wicket win over Surray Jaguars to clinch the title of Global T20 League Canada this year.
Dipendra Singh Airee, who made his first-ever appearance in the international franchise league, achieved a sensational victory in the final held on Sunday.
Airee’s Montreal Tigers clashed with Sandeep Lamichhane’s Surrey Jaguars for the title, setting the stage for an exciting showdown between two talented Nepalese players. And it was Airee who finished in a winning side after a thrilling final match.
Invited to bat first, Jaguars posted 130/5 in 20 overs. Jatinder Singh played a sluggish inning and remained unbeaten for 56 runs from 57 balls. Mohammad Haris added 23 off 23 balls at the top, while Ayaan Khan produced a blistering knock of 15-ball 26 runs innings, hitting two sixes.
Tiger’s skipper Chris Lynn opted to use only five bowlers, leaving Dipendra out of the attack in the first innings.
In response, the Tigers were 79/4 at 16 overs stage, requiring 52 runs from 24 balls. Dipendra and Sherfane Rutherford collected 27 runs from the next two overs. Dipendra, who was playing on 16(17)*, then was retired and replaced by Andre Russell.
Thirteen runs were required from the last over, and Russell ensured the win by smacking two sixes in the over. Lamichhane went wicketless, conceding 20 runs from three overs.
This is the second time a Nepalese player has been part of the GT20 winning team. Sompal Kami won the title in 2019 with Vancouver Knights.
Sandeep Lamichhane ended up with the fifth-highest wicket-taker grabbing 11 wickets from eight matches.
Similarly, Airee also had an impactful tournament. He scored 143 runs from six innings and also took a couple of wickets. He was superb in the field and was praised throughout the tournament.