CPL: Knight Riders proceed profitable streak

Tarouba, September 3

Opener Lendl Simmons blasted a 63-ball 96 as Trinbago Knight Riders put their would possibly on show but once more, outplaying St Kitts & Nevis Patriots by 59 runs to safe their eighth successive win within the Hero Caribbean Premier League right here.

In the opposite match, Guyana Amazon Warriors crushed St Lucia Zouks by seven wickets to leap to the second place within the factors desk.

With Knight Riders resting their star gamers Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine, Simmons obtained into the act and smashed seven fours and 6 sixes to single-handedly energy the group to 174 for 4. Darren Bravo (36) was the one different batsman to succeed in double figures.

TKR misplaced opener Amir Jangoo (6) early and Colin Munro (9) was retired damage after being hit on the hand with the full on 29.

Knight Riders had been then carried via by Simmons (96) and Bravo (36) as they placed on 130 runs.

Simmons was extreme on all bowlers although Jon-Russ Jaggesar and Dominic Drakes managed to maintain the Knight Riders boundary-less between the Powerplay and midway drinks after they had been 68 for one.

Bravo ended the 35-ball streak with out a boundary. Simmons too broke free, pulling Rayad Emrit for one more six, earlier than mentioning 50 off 42 balls with a single. That set the stage for a splash because the Knight Riders had been 125 for 1.

Bravo additionally hit Drakes for six, mentioning the 100 partnership off simply 66 balls.

Simmons pulled one other six and Bravo smashed a 4 via extra-cover, making the 16th over extremely productive.

Alzarri Joseph began the 18th properly however Simmons bludgeoned two sixes to get into the 90s and the group previous 150.

Sheldon Cottrell lastly obtained Bravo within the 19th over and Drakes obtained two wickets in two balls in 20th when Simmons, 4 wanting a century, pulled to Cottrell and Tim Seifert’s edge was properly caught by Lynn.

Raza survived the hat-trick ball and stand-in captain Dwayne Bravo smashed a six off the final ball to take the full to 174.

Defending the full, Khary Pierre dismissed harmful Evin Lewis (5) – caught by the 48-year-old Pravin Tambe for an athletic catch.

Chris Lynn (34) and Joshua da Silva (29) every hit a six off Pierre, with the latter additionally sweeping him for 4, however even an over of 18 solely took the Patriots to 34 for one after six overs.

Tambe and Anderson Phillip then tightened the screws because the Patriots wanted virtually 12 an over on the midway mark.

Tambe bowled 4 overs for 12 and took one wicket, making it an uphill job for Patriots. Raza returned with figures of three for eight as Patriots may handle solely 115 for seven.

In the opposite match, Shimron Hetmyer (56) smashed an unbeaten fifty whereas the bowlers turned in one other tremendous efficiency as Guyana Amazon Warriors outplayed St Lucia Zouks by seven wickets with greater than six overs to spare.

Put in to bat, Rakheem Cornwall hit two sixes and two fours in a 13-ball 21 however not one of the different batsmen may consolidate on begins as Zouks laboured to a lowly 109 for 7 in 20 overs.

The Amazon Warriors blended seam and spin to good impact as Zouks misplaced wickets at common intervals.

Even the usually reliable Najibullah Zadran (19) and Mohammed Nabi (13) had been unable to haul them out of hassle. The regular Naveen ul Haq and Keemo Paul took two wickets every.

Chasing the full, the Warriors had been aided by Scott Kuggeleijn who sprayed wides on each side in a nine-ball first over. The bowler, nevertheless, returned to dismiss Brandon King (5).

Chandrapaul Hemraj and Hetmeyer then took them to 58 for two earlier than Nabi cleaned up the previous.

Hetmeyer and Nicholas Pooran (10) then ensured it was easy crusing.

Hetmyer attacked Chemar Holder mercilessly, pulling his first two balls for sixes and following up with three fours in a row together with an impressive cowl drive, a sq. lower and a punch over mid-off as Warriors zoomed to 82 for 2 in 10 overs.

The 24-run over had diminished the straightforward chase to a stroll within the park. PTI

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