Narine, Rashid shine on opening day of CPL


Tarouba (Trinidad and Tobago), August 19

Brilliant all-round performances from Sunil Narine and Rashid Khan gave their respective groups a profitable begin on the opening day of the Hero Caribbean Premier League right here.

While Trinbago Knight Riders ended Guyana Amazon Warriors’ 11-match profitable streak, beating them by 4 wickets in a match diminished to 17 overs, Barbados Tridents edged out St Kitts & Nevis Patriot by six runs on the Brian Lara Academy right here on Tuesday.

In the opening match, Narine’s 50 in 28 balls after taking two for 19 in his 4 overs have been the important thing for Trinbago, although, in the long run, they wanted Bravo brothers, Darren (30) and Dwayne (six not out), to see them by with two balls to spare in opposition to Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Shimron Hetmyer scored 63 not out of simply 44 balls for the Warriors.

Kieron Pollard’s choice to bowl first in a match shortened by rain to 17 overs every paid off Ali Khan had final yr’s CPL prime scorer, Brandon King, slicing a shot to level for a duck.

The Knight Riders’ spinners known as the photographs and it was solely within the seventh over, that Ross Taylor (33) smashed the primary six, of the match.

Taylor and Hetmeyer placed on 50 for the third wicket, earlier than Narine ended the stand dismissing Taylor. Young Hetmeyer and Nicholas Pooran, the 2 West Indies internationals, performed out Narine well.

Amazon Warriors have been 89 for 3 with 5 overs left and three massive overs 13th (16 runs), 14th (12 runs) and 17th (15 runs) helped them set a goal of 145.

The Amazon Warriors bowlers started tightly pinning the Knight Riders’ openers Narine and Lendl Simmons to only 9 off the primary three overs.

Kiwi Colin Munro (17) was wanting harmful with a 4 and a six off successive deliveries within the seventh over earlier than Romario Shepherd despatched again Munro with Brandon King taking an outstanding diving catch.

Even although Warriors stored a examine on him, the big-hitter Narine with a 4 and a six helped his workforce to a helpful 17 runs within the ninth over. Narine continued together with his massive hitting with two sixes within the 10th over and shortly Knight Riders have been 81 for two requiring 64 off the final 48 balls for a win.

When Narine reached his 50 in 27 balls, he celebrated by taking the knee and elevating a fist in honour of the Black Lives Matter motion.

Pollard and Bravo carried on earlier than the latter was dismissed by Naveen ul Haq within the remaining over, however Knight Riders have been near getting house.

In the second sport, Michael Santner (20 and a pair of for 18) and Rashid Khan (26 and a pair of for 27) carried the day for Barbados Tridents and helped them to a profitable begin over St Kitts & Nevis Patriots of their title defence.

Tottering at eight for 3 after the primary 15 balls, Tridents’ skipper Jason Holder (38) and Kyle Mayers (37) helped restore the harm with a 61-run stand for the fourth earlier than the lack of one other three wickets in a span of 14 deliveries had them reeling at 69 for six.

The depth of their line-up confirmed as Santner (20) and Afghan all-rounder Rashid Khan (26 not out) helped them cross the 150-mark and set a goal of 154 for Patriots.

Patriot bowlers Sohail Tanvir and Sheldon Cottrell have been spectacular within the closing levels, gifting away solely seven runs of their mixed fourth overs. But Rashid lashed out with late boundaries and pulled Tridents previous 150.

The CPL, which is a closed-door occasion this yr, is the primary main T20 league happening amid the COVID-19 pandemic. PTI    



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