Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane proves his mettle in Global T20 Canada tournament

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Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane. Image: BCCI.

Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane roared back into form after a fine display for Montreal Tigers against the Vancouver Knights in the Global T20 Canada tournament on Monday.

Lamichhane finished with superb figures of 1-19 from his four overs as he helped restrict Vancouver to 166-6 in King City. However, Montreal batsmen failed to meet the challenge and were bowled out for 148.

It was good game for the 17-year Lamichhane at a personal level as he had been smashed for 57 runs in his first match against West Indies XI.

On Monday, Lamichhane was all over the Vancouver batsmen as the wicket was dry and allowed him to get the ball to grip and turn it square with pace.

He got West Indian batsman Chadwick Walton stumped with a ball that spun right across his swinging bat.

Lamichhane also became the first spinner to bowl a maiden over in the Global T20 Canada tournament. It extends an overall good run in T20s for Lamichhane who picked up five wickets from three games for IPL side Delhi Daredevils.

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Steve Smith and David Warner fail with the bat in Global T20 Canada clash

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Smith was dismissed for just three by Fidel Edwards.

Steve Smith and David Warner were both dismissed cheaply when their respective sides met in the Global T20 Canada on Monday.

Warner’s Winnipeg Hawks secured a 56-run win over Smith’s Toronto Nationals at the Maple Cricket Club in Toronto.

Warner, whose return to cricket with the Global T20 Canada hasn’t gone according to plan so far, made just one run before he was found short of his crease by a throw from New Zealand’s Anton Devich.

The former Australia vice captain has now scored only six runs in three innings in the tournament so far.

Smith’s leg-spin abilities were put to the test on Monday and he was on the receiving end of some punishment from West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. The former Australia skipper was carted for four sixes in a single over by Bravo.

Warner was run-out for just one run as his poor run continued.

Warner was run-out for just one run as his poor run continued.

Led by knocks of 44 and 41 by Lendl Simmons and Bravo respectively, the Winnipeg Hawks posted 164-6 after batting first. In reply, the Nationals were bowled out for just 108 runs inside 18 overs as they fell to a heavy defeat.

Smith could only muster three runs from the 10 deliveries he faced before he was caught by David Miller off the bowling of Fidel Edwards. Tion Webster was the star with the ball for the Hawks, picking up four wickets in the 14 deliveries he bowled.

Both Smith and Warner were handed 12-month bans from international and domestic cricket by Cricket Australia following their roles in the ball-tampering episode which took place in Cape Town earlier this year.

The Global T20 Canada is the first time the pair has returned to competitive cricket since being handed the bans.

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Ball-tamperers face six-Test suspension as ICC unveil tougher sanctions

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Australia's Cameron Bancroft.

The International Cricket Council has adopted tougher sanctions against players who are found guilty of ball-tampering.

Following discussions at its annual conference in Dublin, world cricket’s governing body increased the maximum level of punishment for the offence of “changing the condition of the ball”, so that culpable players can now be banned for six Test matches or 12 one-day internationals.

ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said in a statement: “It is vital that there is a strong deterrent to both players and administrators to ensure we have high standards of conduct in our game. We have more than a billion fans and we must not give any of them any reason to doubt the high levels of integrity within our sport.”

Ball-tampering came under the spotlight when cricket Australia suspended Steve Smith and David Warner from international cricket for a year and Cameron Bancroft for nine months following their actions during a Test against South Africa in March.

Applying its previous code-of-conduct sanctions, the ICC issued a one-Test ban to Australia captain Smith and three demerit points for Bancroft.

Also, Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal was suspended for one Test in the West Indies for altering the condition of the ball.

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