CPL 2020: Knight Riders book semi-finals berth at half way mark

Trinbago Knight Riders maintained a clean slate with a fifth win in as many matches, while Mohammed Nabi produced a five-wicket haul for St Lucia Zouks on a day when the winners were not stretched in the Hero Caribbean Premier League.

The winning run has assured the Knights a semi-finals berth as the league reached its halfway mark.

The Trinbago Knight Riders reached the halfway mark of the league stage of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020 with a perfect record of five wins in five matches as they outplayed Guyana Amazon Warriors by seven wickets with fine all-round team performance.

Trinbago put Warriors in to bat and got an early break when Sikandar Raza clean bowled Brandon King off the second over of the innings. Off the very next delivery, but from the other end by Khary Pierre, Warriors’ Chandrapaul Hemraj was deceived and in the same over Nicholas Pooran was bowled by Pierre leaving Amazon Warriors 12 for 3.

Despite Shimron Hetmeyer’s 26 off 30 balls, Ross Taylor’s 26 in 23 and Keemo Paul’s unbeaten 28 in 26, Warriors were never really solidly placed as they ended the innings at 112 for seven, which could still have been a challenging score on a tricky track. Taylor’s run out by an alert keeper Tim Seifert was a blow.

Pierre took three for 18 and it could have been a four-wicket haul as Colin Munro dropped a sitter to give Hetmyer a six. Trinbago had done well to limit Warriors to 112 despite a back spasm forcing opening bowler Ali Khan out of the game early. Kieron Pollard filled in well with one for 15 in three overs.

Even though Amazon Warriors bowlers Hemraj and captain Chris Green started well, Lendl Simmons opened up when Imran Tahir came into the attack and hit him over midwicket for six and then Tion Webster cut Hemraj for four then lofted a straight one for six. And then Naveen-ul-Haq bowled a good over but was let down by a four down the leg-side. Trinbago had begun well at 32 for no loss off five overs

Tahir broke through for two wickets in two balls in the sixth over, sending back Simmons with a googly and then a big leg-break ended Munro’s stay with the first ball. Darren Bravo denied Tahir the hat-trick.

After 10 overs Trinbago were 51 for two but soon after Webster left. Yet they stayed the course and needed 35 off the last 36 balls.

Tahir and Keemo Paul bowled well and put some pressure but Bravo cleared the ropes off a Naveen full toss and Seifert smashed the first ball of Tahir’s last over for six. The shackles were off and then Seifert sealed the win with two fine fours.

Star player Sunil Narine was once again not missed.

Scores: Trinbago Knight Riders 115/3 (Seifert 39*, Webster 27, DM Bravo 26*, Simmons 19; Tahir 2/25, Green 1/15) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 112/7 (Paul 28*, Taylor 26, Hetmyer 26; Pierre 3/18, Pollard 1/15, DJ Bravo 1/23, Raza 1/30) by 7 wickets

Player of the match: Khary Pierre

Points Table:

Team P W Loss Pts RR
Trinbago Knight Riders 5 5 0 10 0.768
St Lucia Zouks 6 4 2 8 0.59
Barbados Tridents 5 2 3 4 0.091
Guyana Amazon Warriors 6 2 4 4 0.085
Jamaica Tallawahs 5 2 3 4 -0.361
St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots 5 1 3 2 -0.818

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