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Global T20 Canada: Yuvraj Singh walks off after bizarre dismissal, watch video

Yuvraj Singh had a tough outing with the bat in his first match since announcing international retirement.

cricket Updated: Jul 26, 2019 16:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
File image of former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh.
File image of former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh.(REUTERS)
         

Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh had a hard outing in his first cricket game since retirement. Playing for Toronto Nationals in the opening game of the Global T20 Canada tournament, Yuvraj could only get 14 runs in 27 balls before he was stumped out in Rizwan Cheema’s over. He stepped up on the swinging delivery, got an edge and the keeper dropped it on to the stumps. Yuvraj was still in the crease as per the replays, but the batsman had already walked off the field before the replays were checked as the square leg umpire had raised his finger.

 

In the match, Vancouver Knights won the toss and elected to field. Yuvraj came on to strike after the dismissal of Callum McLeod for 17, who was dismissed by Saad Bin Zafar. This incident occurred in the 17th over, by the end of which Knights had reached 119/4.

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Chasing 160, Knights lost their openers with just 36 runs on the board. Chris Gayle (12) and Tobias Visee (20) were sent back to the pavilion by Mark Montfort and Jeremy Gordon, respectively. Chadwick Bolton and Rassie van der Dussen stitched together a match-winning partnership and the duo mixed caution with aggression to take Knights safely over the line by eight wickets and 16 balls to spare.

Bolton and van der Dussen had put up an unbeaten stand of 126 runs, which saw both batsmen bringing up their respective fifties. Bolton and van der Dussen remained unbeaten on 59 and 65, respectively. Earlier, Henry Klaasen knocked of 41 runs off just 20 balls which enabled Toronto Nationals to put up a score of 159 runs on the board after being asked to bat first.

This was his first match since announcing his retirement from international cricket last month. The left-handed batsman was given a special permission by the BCCI to participate in global T20 leagues after he had formally written to the BCCI seeking the board’s permission to play.

“He wrote to the board. I don’t see an issue in him getting the nod to play in overseas leagues now that he has retired from international cricket and IPL,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by PTI.

Apart from Yuvraj, several international stars such as Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle, Heinrich Klaasen, etc also were included in the playing XI of the two teams.

((With agency inputs))