Hong Kong T20 Blitz 2017: Video : Dwayne Smith Scores 31-Ball Ton As Kowloon Cantons Begin Tournament With A Win
Just days after retiring from international cricket, West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Smith scored a century off only 31 balls to help Kowloon Cantons register a comfortable eight-wicket win over City Kaitak in their inaugural game of Hong Kong T20 Blitz.
Batting first, City Kaitak posted an imposing total of 199/6 in their allotted 20 overs. However, they did not begin their innings on a good note as former Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan was dismissed for a second-ball duck. Their misery was further compounded when they were reduced to 68/4 in 9.1 overs. Kyle Coetzer and Chris Jordan then added 125 runs for the fifth wicket to help their team post a big total of 199 runs.
But in the end, the score did not prove enough as Kowloon Cantons chased down the total inside 15 overs. Cantons openers Smith and Babar Hayat (10) fired on all cylinders right from the start and added 39 runs off only 12 balls before the latter was dismissed by Rayad Emrit. CS Macleod (6) also failed to contribute much with the bat but Smith and his compatriot Marlon Samuels shared an unbeaten partnership of 142 runs off only 58 balls to take their team home comfortably. Smith’s stunning knock off 121* was studded with seven fours and 13 maximums. Samuels, on the other hand, remained not out on 59 off 33 balls.
Kowloon Cantons 204 for 2 in 14.3 overs (Dwayne Smith 121*, Samuels 59*; Riyad Emrit 1 for 45, Chris Jordan 1 for 39) beat City Kaitak 199 for 6 in 20 overs (Kyle Coetzer 87, Chrus Jordan 75*; Yasir Arafat 2 for 43) by 8 wickets.
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