Trinbago Knight Riders 170 for 7 (Munro 90, Ramdin 39, Tanvir 3-27, Shepherd 3-29) won Guyana Amazon Warriors 103 (Primus 36 *, Ali Khan 3-22 , Fawad 2-20 )
The Knights of Trinbago erased the bad memories of some early season problems at the Queen's Park Oval as they returned to the top from the CPL table in an emphatic manner with a 67-race victory over Guyana Amazon Warriors. The hosts claimed to be favorites for repeating as CPL champions behind another half-century Colin Munro, the fourth time he spent 50 in six career innings against the Amazon Warriors.
Munching for runs
New Zealander Munro is on the verge of erasing the CPL season record of one season, which ended Wednesday night at just 23 past the 458 mark set by Chadwick Walton last year. Munro achieved his fifth in eight innings of the season, this time the largest of the lot as part of a second-order association of 135 races with Denesh Ramdin.
After the early loss of Chris Lynn, Munro looted 10 four and four six in his hit. Imran Tahir has been the talisman of Amazon Warriors with the ball, entering the second night at the table of wickets CPL with 13, but Munro smoked him in the third level. He set the tone for a night in which the South African leg runner was without a wicket for the first time this season.
Munro reached 50 in 39 balls, then threw his tickets at full speed in the 14th against Rayad Emrit. The Warriors captain was punished by 19 in the final, including a fourth short man of four fallen and then a six walked 25 yards on the square leg string. Unlike Tahir, going without a wicket has been a regular occurrence for Emrit this season. The 37-year-old finished with 0 for 40 in three overs, his fourth straight game without a wicket, and was in a bad mood on the free-line following the game.
Munro had plenty of time to reach what would have been his second CPL century, but he came out with only 10 shorts, dodging a catch in the 17th final. Ramdin had also dropped four balls earlier to cause a late return on the field by the visitors.
Not the Brazilian
Making his debut in CPL and T20, Romario Shepherd, 23, was the man who finally claimed Munro. However, the Guyanese medium did not stop there. Two balls after removing Munro, he dragged a width of the fold forcing Brendon McCullum to an uncomfortable range, which resulted in an impulsive impulse on the part of a Shimron Hetmyer that was launched from the edge of the deck.
Shepherd continued with a great effort in ninth place, getting Darren Bravo to drag a full delivery on his stumps to further dampen the Knight Riders' efforts in a late climb and finish with 3 for 29. Sohail Tanvir followed his first Lynn's wicket hit rounding the Knight Riders innings with two more in the last two balls, from Javon Searles and Sunil Narine. Considering the unprecedented pursuit of Jamaica Tallawahs on the same ground in the first week of the season, 170 seemed to be well below average at the midpoint, but it ended up being enough.
After a modest comeback with the ball recently, a total of three wickets in his last four games, the American Ali Khan rose in the battle for first place to destroy the Warriors' pursuit early. Four balls in pursuit, Luke Ronchi was hit by the rhythm trying to hit and was given lbw, although the replays showed that the ball seemed to have lost the stump of the leg.
Khary Pierre eliminated Walton who crossed the line in the third before Ali Khan gave a much bigger shot in the fourth. Hetmyer could not get the lift trying to beat a ball of length from his legs just to choose Munro at the limit of the deep square leg.
When Narine induced an advantage for a return catch of Cameron Delport in the sixth, the Knight Riders were well up in 33 for 4. Unlike the Tallawahs record chase led by Andre Russell's century when they had been four. in the Powerplay against Knight Riders, there would be no return of the Warriors. Dwayne Bravo and Fawad Ahmed claimed two wickets each before Ali Khan returned for the final wicket, Tahir trapped on the top in the eighteenth place to secure victory.
Peter Della Penna is a correspondent for ESPNcricinfo in the United States @PeterDellaPenna
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