‘Russell Muscle bhai sahab’ – Fans react as Andre Russell’s quick-fire cameo takes Montreal Tigers to GT20 Canada summit

Montreal Tigers win GT20 Canada
Montreal Tigers win GT20 Canada (Source: Twitter)

The Global T20 League in Canada reached its conclusion with the Montreal Tigers and the Surrey Jaguars clashing in the final at Brampton. The Tigers won the toss and elected to field first. They dropped an expert bowling performance to restrict the Jaguars to 130/5 in 20 overs. Openers Mohammad Haris with 23 off 22 and Jatinder Singh with 56 off 57 remained the key contributors upfront. Ayaan Khan’s quickfire 26 off 15, including two massive sixes helped the score for the Jaguars. For the Tigers, Aayan Afzal Khan remained the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/21 in four overs. At the same time, Carlos Brathwaite, Abbas Afridi, and Andre Russell returned with one wicket each.

In reply, the Tigers chased the target down in a final-ball thriller. They lost their opener Muhammad Waseem for a three-ball duck. Skipper Chris Lynn with 31 off 35 including three fours and a six and Sherfane Rutherford with 38 off 29, including three fours and two sixes remained key contributors in the run chase. Ultimately, Andre Russell with a quick-fire 20* off 6 balls, including one four and two sixes finished the remainder of the job for them as they became the champions of GT20 League Canada for 2023.

‘We’re here to entertain and put on a show’ – Montreal Tigers skipper Chris Lynn

“I hope everyone in Canada was watching that because that’s what we’re about, that’s why we’re here, to entertain and put on a show,” said Tigers captain Chris Lynn of Australia.”That’s why they’re here; they’re big-game players,” Lynn said of Rutherford and Russell. Notably, the GT20 Canada ended up being a massive success in helping the popularity of the sport in the country. It also provided a great platform for young Canadian cricketers to share dressing rooms with some popular players of the game.

Andre Russell was among the marquee players who participated in the league. Shoaib Malik (Brampton), Harbhajan Singh (Brampton), Shahid Afridi (Toronto), and Chris Gayle (Mississauga) are some other celebrity names. As per reports, a total of 36 Canadian players played in the league giving them a rare chance to shine with some of their role models and heroes in Cricket.

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