Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) ended their league game with an all-win record crushing the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots by nine wickets in the Caribbean Premier League encounter. While TKR topped the table with 10 wins from as many matches, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St Lucia Zouks and Jamaica Tallawahs completed the semifinals. In the first semifinal, TKR will compete against fourth-placed Jamaica, while Guayana and St Lucia compete in the other semifinal.
Playing without their first match winner Sunil Narine, TKR threw the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots out for a paltry 77 within 19 overs and chased their modest target within 12 overs losing a single wicket.
In the other game of the day, St. Lucia Zouks beat Jamaica Tallawahs by 11 points.
For TKR skipper Kieron Pollard had Akeal Hosein and Sikandar Raza open the bowling. Chris Lynn 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.
Downsized Evin Lewis got 19 point balls in his 24 ball innings and the Powerplay scored 27 for 2 in six overs.
Ben Dunk fell to the top too, Pravin Tambe took an excellent catch on fellow leg spinner Fawad Ahmed’s short third man.
48-year-old Tambe got his own wicket, trapping Joshua da Silva’s leg before and Fawad similarly trapping newly promoted Imran Khan for a duck.
Halfway through, the Patriots were 36/5, and everyone was thrown by spinners. Denesh Ramdin showed intent to hit Fawad for a flat six, but Patriots quickly lost wickets.
After 14 they were 64 to six. Fawad picked up two wickets on his last time. Patriots were 75/9 of 17, and they just passed their lowest-ever Hero CPL total of 75 in 2016.
Phillips quickly ended the innings of their misery and it was the first innings in CPL history in which a team didn’t hit a single four.
In the chase of 78 for a win, Knight Riders’ Tion Webster skipped two fours from Sheldon Cottrell in the first over of the chase.
With Narine and Lendl Simmons at ease, Amir Jangoo got another game and he didn’t allow many point balls and slapped the flowing Webster, who hit Imran two more fours to take the Knight Riders to 27/0 with four overs and then 42 / 0 from the Powerplay.
Webster helped Knight Riders get past the opening pair of 50 for the first wicket all season, but Jangoo fell on Emrit’s next ball to end the score at 54.
Seifert joined Webster and the Knight Riders ran to 63/1 halfway through. Seifert ended the innings in style with a six.
Short scores: Trinbago Knight Riders 78/1 (Webster 41 *, Jangoo 19, Seifert 16 *; Emrit 1/14) defeated 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) with 9 wickets Player of the match: Fawad Ahmed
St Lucia Zouks 145/6 (Najibullah 35, Chase 32 *, Cornwall 32; Mujeeb 2/28, Lamichhane 1/20, Edwards 1/24, Permaul 1/27) defeated Jamaica Tallawahs 134/9 (Phillips 49, Kirton 25, Blackwood 25; Glenn 3/16, Zahir 3/25, Williams 2/27) with 11 runs Player of the Match: Zahir Khan.
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