The Trinbago Knight Riders continued their winning streak at the Hero Caribbean Premier League even without some star players like Sunil Narine who was being rested and Colin Munro injured.
They turned in another superb all-round display to bowl out the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots inside 19 overs for a paltry 77 and chases down their modest target inside 12 overs. That completed a perfect 10 for 10 record in the league stage of Hero CPL. In the other match of the day, St. Lucia Zouks beat Jamaica Tallawahs by 11 runs.
As Patriots skipper Rayad Emrit decided to bat first Kieron Pollard had Akeal Hosein and Sikandar Raza open the bowling. Chris Lynn did hit Hosein for a six but two balls later he failed to clear deep midwicket and after three overs, the Patriots were 13 for 1. Bottled-up Evin Lewis faced 19 dot balls in his 24 ball innings and the Powerplay score 27 for 2 in six overs.
Ben Dunk too fell to a top-edge, Pravin Tambe taking an outstanding catch at short-third man off his fellow leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed. Tambe got a wicket of his own, trapping Joshua da Silva leg before and Fawad trapped the promoted Imran Khan in a similar fashion for a duck. At halfway the Patriots were 36/5, and every over had been bowled by spinners.
Denesh Ramdin showed intent to hit smashing Fawad for a flat six but the Patriots were losing wickets fast. After 14 they were 64 for six. Fawad picked up two wickets in his last over.
Patriots were 75/9 off 17 and they just passed their lowest ever Hero CPL total of 75 in 2016. Phillips soon ended the innings out of its misery and it was the first innings in CPL history where a team did not hit a single four.
Chasing 78 for a win, Knight Riders’ Tion Webster hit two fours off Sheldon Cottrell in the first over of the chase. With Narine and Lendl Simmons rested, Amir Jangoo got another game and he did not allow many dot balls and gave the strike to the fluent Webster, who hit Imran for two more fours to take the Knight Riders to 27/0 off four overs and then 42/0 off the Powerplay.
Webster helped Knight Riders past the opening stand of pair 50 for the first wicket all season but Jangoo fell to Emrit next ball to end the stand at 54. Seifert joined Webster, and the Knight Riders coasted to 63/1 at halfway. Seifert finished the innings in style with a six.
As Knight Riders had a maximum of 10 points from the League games, Patriots had just three.
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 77 all out (Ramdin 19, Emrit 15, Lewis 12; Fawad 4/21, Hosein 2/25, Phillip 1/3, Raza 1/6, Tambe 1/9, Ali Khan 1/10) lost to Trinbago Knight Riders 78/1 (Webster 41*, Jangoo 19, Seifert 16*; Emrit 1/14) by 9 wickets.
Player of the match: Fawad Ahmed
|Trinbago Knight Riders||10||10||0||0||20||1.29|
|Guyana Amazon Warriors||10||6||4||0||12||0.6|
|St Lucia Zouks||10||6||4||0||12||0|
|St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots||10||1||8||1||3||-1.5|