Trinbago Knight Riders registered just a second victory his Caribbean Premier League in their defense of the title from last season.
In the 11th match of the tournament, the Knight Riders showed some good awareness to pick wickets up in regular intervals to sneak a victory over the Amazon Warriors who were set a meager target of 152.
Martin Guptill made a good start to the chase scoring a half-century in just 40 balls but the chase failed to gather any momentum in the middle overs as the Knight Riders managed to strangle their opponents to cross the line with just 7 runs to spare.
C Lynn, J Mohammed, and A Bramble were also out cheaply and could not provide the resistance that was needed for the Warriors as they lost 9 wickets for just 144 in the stipulated 20 overs.
They lost wickets at regular intervals as the Knight Riders made sure that there were no partnerships that would hurt them late in the innings. Sunil Narine and S Benn were both exceptional giving away just 50 runs in overs and also picking up 3 wickets. Both bowlers bowled at crunch times and the Warriors were never able to settle into the chase as they kept throwing away the wickets and gifted the two points to the Knight Riders.
This after Martin Guptill, the skipper of the Warriors side, won the toss and chose to field, a decision that seemed vindicated after the first innings.
The Knight riders were off to a slow start after scoring 36 off the first 6 overs and also losing A Devcich cheaply.
Hashim Amla and Colin Munro looked to steady the ship but Munro went for 18 trying to increase the run-rate as Umar Akmal came onto the field to help his side to a challenging total.
He stuck with Amla, who went in the 18th over for 64 as he ended his innings unbeaten on 23. Amla’s wicket looked like it would slow down the scoring rate but a brisk innings from D Bravo bought them back on track.
Bravo who came in the 18th overtook two sixers of Adam Zampa and then another of Sohail Tanvir before he was out on the last ball of the first over as he played a superb innings of 25 from just 8 balls to help his side to a respectable total of 151.
Denesh Ramdin also played a decent role in lifting the score past 150 scoring two fours in the last over and though it was not a huge total, some good bowling performances by the bowlers saw them move into the 3rd place in the points table with 4 points from 5 games.
Hashim Amla was awarded the Man of the Match for his 64 as he helped the Knight Riders inflict the first defeat this season on the Guyana Amazon Warriors who are still at the top of the table with 8 points from 5 games.
Here is the brief scorecard:
Trinbago Knight Riders:
H Amla: 64 (54b 6*4); D Bravo: 25 (8b 1*4, 3*6)
R Emrit: 2/32; V Permaul 1/29
Guyana Amazon Warriors:
M Guptill: 50 (40b 1*4, 4*6); C Lynn 21 (18b 4*4)
P Devcich: 2/17; S Narine 2/25