TKR Bowlers Bulldoze Through Patriots To Make it 10/10
Brief Scores: Trinbago Knight Riders 78 for 1 (Webster 41*, Jangoo 19, Emrit 1-14) beat St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots (Ramdin 19, Emrit 15, Ahmed 4-21, Hosein 2-25) at 77/10 by 9 wickets.
Toss: SKNP Won, chose to field
Man of The Match: Fahad Ahmed
The Patriots won the toss and chose to bat first, perhaps the only bright moment for them in the entire match. The Knights approached the match with major changes in the squad, notably giving DJ Bravo and Lendl Simmons some much-needed rest.
Akin to the previous outings, our bowlers began the match brightly, giving away little to no runs. This pressure evidently got to the Patriots openers as Chris Lynn became the first batsman to depart while trying to hit Akeal Hossein for a six in the 3rd over. It didn’t take much time for the 2nd wicket as fell prey to an excellent delivery from Sikandar Raza.
The highlight moment of the match came in the 7th over when Ben Dunk was caught by Pravin Tambe off Fawad Ahmed’s delivery. Pravin Tambe, the oldest player of the tournament displayed an age-defying athleticism to pull of a spectacular catch, a moment which epitomized the hunger and desire shown by the Knights throughout the tournament.
Tambe once again contributed to Tridents’ misery, this time with the ball, trapping Imran Khan leg before wicket. The Tridents’ day went on to become even worse post this point. The Knights pulled apart their batting line-up, which offered little to no resistance. The Tridents ultimately collapsed at 77 runs in the 19th over, the lowest total (in 20 overs) by any team in #CPL20.
It was perhaps the best bowling performance by any team in the tournament. All the Knights bowlers ended up with at least wicket, and didn’t give away single boundary, a record in #CPL20. The pick of our bowlers was Fawad Ahmed, who ended the match with his career best CPLT20 figures of 4 for 21 and bagged a well-deserved Man of the Match award.
While the Tridents were deprived of boundaries, the Knights kicked-off the chase with one. Tion Webster and Amir Jangoo opened the batting for us and kept the scoreboard ticking with ease and urgency, seemingly oblivious to the low required run rate. The Knights lost the first wicket in 9th over, when Amir Jangoo was caught behind off Emrit’s delivery. But by that time, the match was all but over. Seifert joined Webster at the crease and continued scoring with ease and he clinched the victory for Knights in style with maximum in the 12th over.
The game was a testament of the ruthlessness and decisiveness of the Knights who completely outplayed the Patriots at every stage of the match. Perhaps, the only disappointment for the Knights would be that the low score of the Tridents denied a maiden #CPL20 for Tion Webster, who remained unbeaten at 41.
With the 10th consecutive victory, Knights have become only the second team to record an unbeaten finish to the league stages of CPLT20. The quality and quantity of the victories shows how dominant the Knights have been in #TheHomeRun
DJ Bravo (on the 10th consecutive win): " "It's not something we envisioned. We just spoke about having to play 12 games and having to be as good as we can be for 12 games. All credit to the support staff. The guys, everyone who game out, deserves it. First job is to qualify and now it's just to come out and take it as we've taken it over the last few games. Each and every person has come into the campaign and gave us something. We have a pretty good idea of what our combination is. It's just about guys coming out and executing to the best of their ability"."
Fawad Ahmed (Man of The Match): " It was a mixed form for me in the tournament - but in this game, I've come well and it's a really good sign for me. Taking wickets gives you a lot of confidence, especially going into the semi-finals. To win 10 out of 10, it's an amazing team performance. You can tell we have a lot of different match winners in the team. That's the secret to our performance, a lot of players are performing well, three-four bowlers, four-five batsmen. We are missing two of our players - Munro and Sunil, hopefully Sunil will be fit for the semi-final..