CPL 2017: Munro, Shadab keep Trinbago on top

Overseas recruits Colin Munro and Shadab Khan starred in Trinbago Knight Riders’ comfortable seven-wicket win over Guyana Amazon Warriors that kept them on top of the table in the Caribbean Premier League. Knight Riders, who were the joint table-toppers before Friday’s (August 11) contest, opened up a two-point lead following the victory over a side that is still winless in the tournament.

Knight Riders didn’t make the greatest of starts after opting to bowl first. Openers Chadwick Walton and Martin Guptill blazed away to 40 off just the first three overs with Robert Frylinck conceding 22 off his only over. The start forced skipper Dwayne Bravo to introduce Shadab very early into the attack and the move paid dividends with the young Pakistan legspinner striking off his first ball to get rid of the dangerous Guptill.

Even though Warriors also lost Babar Azam immediately to Sunil Narine, Walton kept the scorecard ticking with some big shots. But with a miserly Kevon Cooper ending Walton’s stay at the crease during the halfway mark, Warriors lost momentum. They could never get a partnership going with Shadab striking at regular intervals. The spinners together had a combined spell of 8-0-44-6 and that really applied the brakes on the scoring as Warriors could only manage a modest 156.

Even though Knight Riders lost Brendon McCullum off the very first ball in the run chase, Munro and Narine went on a rampage to help their side post 72 in the powerplay, which effectively appeared to have sealed the chase. Munro, in particular, was brutal as he scored 46 off those runs off just 18 deliveries. Narine was finally dismissed for 23 off a short ball and Warriors used this opportunity to slip in a few quiet overs.

Darren Bravo struggled for timing with Rashid Khan managing to bowl a maiden over to him. Munro, who reached his half-century off 23 balls, struggled to farm the strike as the required rate started mounting. Bravo finally opened up to fetch his first six of the innings but was sent back to the pavilion off the very next ball.

Denesh Ramdin then got the chase back on track with a couple of quick boundaries and with the wicketkeeper-batsman being busy out in the middle, Munro found his touch again to slam his fifth six of the innings. Ramdin then polished off the chase in the penultimate over, where he slammed two sixes.

Brief scores: Guyana Amazon Warriors 156/7 in 20 overs (Chadwick Walton 36, Martin Guptill 24; Shadab Khan 4-28, Sunil Narine 2-16) lost to Trinbago Knight Riders 162/3 in 19 overs (Colin Munro 70*, Denesh Ramdin 42*; Steven Jacobs 1-31) by 7 wickets.

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