Former India teammates Yuvraj Singh and Manpreet Gony combined to deliver a thrilling win for Toronto Nationals in their second match of Global T20 Canada 2019 against Edmonton Royals on Saturday in Ontario.
In the season opener against Vancouver Knights, Yuvraj was struggling with a back issue as he made just 14 from 27 balls before getting dismissed in a bizarre fashion.
However, the southpaw came up with much-improved effort in his side’s second match at Brampton. He smashed 3 sixes and as many boundaries in his 21-ball 35 that helped the Nationals successfully complete a 192-run chase in 17.5 overs.
Yuvraj showed glimpses of his vintage self in the ninth over of the innings when he crafted Pakistan spinner Shadab Khan for a glorious flat six over mid-wicket to leave the bowler stunned.
It was a low full toss from the Pakistan leg spinner and Yuvraj got underneath the ball before depositing it into the stands over wide long-on. Shadab straightened his line on the following delivery but Yuvraj was equal to the task sweeping it past fine leg for another boundary.
Shadab was dumbfounded by the brilliance from Yuvraj on back-to-back deliveries and all he could do was laugh it off and acknowledge the greatness of the veteran Indian batsman.
Later, Yuvi’s dismissal triggered a mini-collapse as the Nationals lost four more wickets in a space of just 24 deliveries while adding 40 runs. It was, however, Manpreet Gony’s late blitz that got the Nationals’ over the line with two wickets in hand. Gony struck 33 runs in just 12 balls with three sixes and three fours at a strike rate of 275 as the Nationals secured victory with seven deliveries to spare.