Trinbago Knight Riders post first win in title defense of the CPL
Trinbago Knight Riders:
H Amla: 81 (54b 5*4, 4*6); D Bravo: 66* (46b 3*4, 4*6)
A Hosein: 2-18; R Rampaul: 2-33
S Taylor: 37 (37b 3*4, 2*6); N Pooran: 33 (12b 2*4, 3*6)
S Narine: 2-21; K Cooper: 2-42
The 3rd game in the 2016 edition of the Caribbean Premier League gave the Trinbago Knight Riders, the defending champions their first victory in their defense of the title against the Barbados Tridents in Port of Spain on Friday.
Kieron Pollard, the skipper of the Tridents side won the toss and chose to field and had a great start to the innings as A Hosein picked up the dangerous Brendon McCullum for just 1 in the second over.
The left arm spinner cleaned up Colin Munro in his second over for just 6 leaving the Knight Riders reeling at 19-2.
It went from bad to worse for the batting side as Ravi Rampaul, a local lad got Bravo and Umar Akmal in the 5th over and gave away just the one run that saw the Knight Riders end their first quarter of the innings at 20-4.
However, Dwayne Bravo and Hashim Amla seemed to calm things down as they slowly and steadily took the score past 50 in the 10th over.
By this time both batsmen were set at the crease and looking good to take their side to a respectable total.
The next 5 overs saw a boundary every over as Amla moved close to his fifty and Bravo playing a proper second fiddle moving into the 30’s. And it was clear that both batsmen were going to launch into the bowling with just 5 overs left and just 94 runs on the board.
Amla took 19 runs of Parnell’s 17th over while David Wiese went for another 17 in the next as both batsmen went past their 50’s in style. The last two overs produced another 29 runs as the duo put on 150 runs, a record partnership for the 5th and the highest in the CPL.
Amla reached 81 before he was out on off the last ball of the innings while Bravo stayed unbeaten at 66 as they put on 76 runs in the last 5 overs to lift the target to 171.
The Tridents put on a show in the first 5 overs in reply as they raced away to 36-0 until Kevin Cooper got the wicket of K Hope in the 6th over spoiling the good start that he gave along with Taylor.
Shoaib Malik and Taylor put on a decent partnership but could not score quickly enough to keep up with the required run rate. Taylor went for 37 trying to take on Sunil Narine leaving the batting side at 67-2 in the 11th over.
This time, the required run rate was above 11 and though AB de Villiers and Mailk tried their best to get some quick runs, the Knight Riders were smart in their bowling changes and never let the Trident dominate the game.
And when Suleiman Benn picked up Malik for 28 just two balls before Kieron Pollard gave away his wicket in the first ball trying to take on Cooper saw the batting side needing 71 of the last 5 overs, with 6 wickets in hand.
In the 16th over, Bravo got AB de Villiers, the Tridents’ only hope in the game and then ran D Wiese out in the space of 3 balls leaving the chase too hard for the lower order.
Though N Pooran played a cameo of 33 of just 12 balls brining the required rate down, his wicket in the 18th over to Cooper all but sealed the game.
The Tridents, in the end, managed to reach 159 in 20 overs losing just by 11 runs and helping their net run rate but it will be a game they should have won after the start in the first innings.
Hashim Amla was given the man of the match for his extraordinary innings of 81 to lift the Knight Riders to the 170 mark.
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