|Munro, Shadab guide TKR to easy win |
JELANI BECKLES Sunday, August 13 2017
BRILLIANT performances from Colin Munro and Shadab Khan led Trinbago Knight Riders to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Guyana Amazon Warriors in the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League at the Queen’s Park Oval in St Clair, on Friday night.
A full house at the Oval witnessed a professional display by the Trinbago Knight Riders, which saw them maintain their position at the top of the standings with their third win of the tournament.
Khan snatched four wickets for 28 runs in four overs to help reduce Amazon Warriors to 156 for seven batting first, before Munro blazed an unbeaten 70 off 47 deliveries to guide Knight Riders to 162/3 with one over to spare.
Amazon Warriors silenced the capacity crowd with some excellent stroke play as they got to 40 without loss after three overs. South African pacer Robert Frylinck conceded 22 runs in his only over of the match forcing TKR captain Dwayne Bravo to bring leg-spinner Khan into the attack. He did not disappoint as he got the wicket of Amazon Warriors captain Martin Guptill for 24 caught by Khary Pierre at long on. The fall of Guptill did not slow down Chadwick Walton as he struck Khan for a six over cover in the same over.
It was 50/2 in the fifth over when Babar Azam was trapped leg before to off-spinner Sunil Narine for two. Medium pacer Kevon Cooper kept the run rate down at the other end, but left-arm spinner Pierre then felt the brunt of Walton who struck the spinner for two sixes in one over.
Dwayne Bravo also kept the run rate down as he tried to take the pace of the ball on a fast paced wicket. After containing Walton and Jason Mohammed for some time, Cooper got the breakthrough when Walton skied a delivery to Brendon McCullum at cover. It was 89/4 when Pierre, who was the Knight Riders best fielder on the night with three catches, held on to a catch inches inside the deep midwicket rope off Khan to dismiss Mohammed for 13.
For the rest of the innings the Knight Riders bowlers kept Amazon Warriors at bay with Roshon Primus (23) and Keemo Paul (14 not out) getting the visitors past 150. Narine was also among the wickets finishing with figures of 4-0-16-2.
Knight Riders was off to a terrible start as McCullum drove the first ball of the innings to Gajanand Singh at cover off left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir.
Munro and Narine then put Knight Riders in control with a 79-run second wicket partnership dominated by Munro. Narine played sensibly, giving Munro the strike as he clobbered the Amazon Warriors bowlers. Off-spin bowler Steven Jacobs and pacer Rayad Emrit conceded a lot of runs as TKR raced to 63/1 after five overs.
Narine rode his luck as he was dropped twice in the seventh over.
Paul dropped a difficult chance running to his right fielding at long off, before Primus dropped an easy caught and bowled opportunity.
Paul made amends when he caught Narine at deep mid-wicket for 23 off Jacobs.
Munro continued his steady innings and brought up his 50 after being joined by Darren Bravo.
Darren was tested by spinner Rashid Khan as the Knight Riders onslaught was halted.
Darren broke the shackles with a straight six off pacer Primus, but the next ball he was caught by wicketkeeper Walton trying to glance a delivery to third man. The score now read 106/3 after 13.2 overs.
Denesh Ramdin joined the party and together with Munro they comfortably took TKR over the line. Ramdin ended the match with two sixes in the 19th over to end unbeaten on 42 off 23 balls with three fours and three sixes. Munro’s knock of 70 included five fours and five sixes.
After the win Munro said, “I think in the power play especially on this surface you got to take the game to the opposition. Myself and Sunil had to take responsibility in the power play and we did that.
We got off to a good start and it was just consolidating through the middle and trying to build partnerships.” TKR played Barbados Tridents at the Queen’s Park Oval last night, and will face St Kitts and Nevis Patriots tomorrow at 8 pm at the same venue.