The Caribbean Premier League’s weekend was an exciting prospect as two matches with closely matched teams fighting for two points entertained the fans at the weekend.
S Malik: 47 (44b 5*4); AB de Villiers: 45 (32b 5*4, 1*6)
D Bravo: 2/34; S Benn: 2/39
C Munro: 68 (39b 2*4, 6*6); H Amla: 31 (34b 1*4)
W Parnell: 2/41; R Rampaul: 1/34
In the first game, The Trinbago Knight Riders made easy work of a decent total while Jamaica Tallawahs produced a brilliant performance to register one of the biggest victories in CPL history.
At Barbados in the afternoon, Barbados Trident were put into bat by the Knight Riders. The Tridents looked confident with the bat and managed to set up a challenging target of 172 after 3 of the top-4 batsmen managed to get past 30. They were not able to accelerate in the end but would have been happy with the total on the board.
However, Colin Munro’s sizzling 68 of just 39 balls along with cameos from W Perkins and D Bravo were enough to chase the target down. Munro looked in great nick as he was dispatching the ball to all parts of the field with ease as he ran away with the man of the match award for his innings.
This victory took the Knight Riders to the 3rd place, just 4 points off the top of the table with a game in hand while the Barbados Tridents will be kicking themselves to have dropped into the 4th place in the points table.
K Sangakkara: 65 (47b 7*4, 2*6); R Powell: 35 (23b 4*4, 1*6)
K Santokie: 3/24; SS Cottrell: 1/28
J Carter: 23 (20b 1*4, 2*6); E Lewis: 17 (16b 1*4, 1*6)
K Williams: 3/19; D Steyn: 2/5
In the second match, Gayle’s Tallawahs made small work of the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots side who seemed like they never got to the ground.
Having won the toss and asked the Tallawahs to bat, the Patriots dismissed the openers cheaply but were not able to contain the runs in the middle overs. Veteran Kumar Sangakkara played an entertaining innings of 65 of just 47 balls while R Powell, Andre Russel, and Shakib al Hasan all played their part as they lifted the target to 184, thanks to some lusty blows in the last few overs.
The Patriots who set off chasing a target just a few more than what was chased in the morning tried too hard from the start of the innings. Lendl Simmons went early and though E Lewis, Faf du Plessis and J Carter tried to calm things down, the mounting required run rate saw the batsmen go after the bowlers right from the start.
It was completely disastrous come to the end of the innings as the Patriots folded for just 75 runs giving Tallawahs a 108 run victory. 3 of the top 6 batsmen went for 0 as the Patriots now find themselves in a spot of bother having heavily damaged their NRR.
Sangakkara was awarded the man of the match for his fabulous innings as the Tallawahs moved to within a point of the Guyana Amazon Warriors at the top of the table. The Patriots fell to the 5th place in the table and have the second worst NRR in the points table.