Brief Scores: Trinbago Knight Riders 184 for 4 (Munro 65, Pollard 33* Narine 29, Brathwaite 2-36, Lamichhane 1-20) beat Jamaica Tallahwahs (Russel 50*, Phillips 41, Bonner 26, Fawad 2-21, Hosein 1-18, Narine 1-23) at 165/6 by 19 runs.
Toss: JT won, chose to field
Man of The Match: Colin Munro
The Jamaica Tallahwahs won the toss and sent us in to bat first on a fine sunny day, and what a fine day for batting it was! The playing 11 had two changes, DJ Bravo and Sunil Narine were brought back in with Webster and Raza being given a rest.
We've been sent to bat first in our quest to make it 7/7 in #TheHomeRun— Trinbago Knight Riders (@TKRiders) September 1, 2020
Today's #Playing11 in partnership with @plaympl: @djbravo47 & @SunilPNarine74 back in the side for @SRazaB24 & @WebsterTion. pic.twitter.com/WMEn8gSRx7
Narine and Simmons, walked on to the pitch once again much to the excitement of fans who’ve been inquiring after Sunil. Narine wasted absolutely no time getting started with a boundary coming right of the first ball he faced. A quickfire 29 off 11 later, his wicket brought on Munro who was in no mood to leave the crease early this time around. He stuck around as Simmons (25 off 28) and Seifert came and went. He finally ended up forging a 73 run partnership off 39 balls with Skipper Pollard (33 off 16) and brought up another 50 for himself.
Together Munro and Pollard saw the innings right to the end, with Munro unfortunately losing his wicket on the last delivery but playing a crucial role in putting up a mammoth 184 that would remain unbeaten.
.@manuz05 plays the sheet anchor's role in the stellar first innings as @KieronPollard55 provides the needed acceleration in the end to post an intimidating 1⃣8⃣5⃣ run target! pic.twitter.com/C5t7MqmYFG— Trinbago Knight Riders (@TKRiders) September 1, 2020
Our bowling attack rang true right from the get-go when Akeal Hosein plucked Walton for a Golden Duck off the very first ball of the innings! Shortly after Khary Pierre came in and bagged Blackwood’s scalp rattling the top order. At the end of 10 overs, our bowlers had managed to restrict the Tallawahs to a nifty 70/2.
After the drinks break Fawad Ahmed stepped into the attack sending Bonner and Jamaica’s Captain, Powell, back before they could do any damage at all. DJ Bravo, sporting his new jersey commemorating his 100th CPL wicket swooped in and got Phillips’ wicket before he could touch his 50.
Narine finally struck gold right after, dismissing Asif Ali with an impressively reflexive catch on the return. Looks like that rest time was spent well!
In the end Russel and Brathwaite were left to the mercy of our death bowlers, with DJ Bravo shining once again as the Tallahwahs were kept chipping away at the target, while the balls ran out, with them being 19 runs short.
The 7th consecutive win for the Knights perches us firmly at the top of that points table, giving us the momentum and opportunity to perfect our game over the next three matches to complete #TheHomeRun!
Colin Munro was declared Man of The Match for his crucial knock, and was glad to have overcome the inertia that was building up.
Kieron Pollard (on the win, his own performance and that of the Knights): "Over the years you get to understand your game a bit more. Over the last 18 months I've been quietly working on a couple of things and it has been reaping rewards for me. One of the things is trying to keep that stable base and keeping the face of the bat open. For me, it's about focusing on what I can control and taking emotion out of it. Ali Khan is struggling right now with a niggle in his hamstring. He's working hard to get back & hopefully in the next couple of games or so he can be ready. Our bowlers have been doing pretty well. Our cricket was a bit bad (today) - we dropped a couple of catches, a couple of mis-fields as well. We'll continue to strive for excellence."
Colin Munro (on the win): Never went duck-duck in CPL before, so had a chat with the boys, had a bit of luck, and we scored enough there. (on Pollard’s performance and captaincy) Pollard is a freak! Russell and Polly hit it so well. Polly backs his boys well."