Caribbean Premier League 2020: Match 9 and 10 Overview
Two contrasting matches the fifth day of the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with the one being a high-scoring affair while the bowlers dominated the other. The Trinbago Knight Riders locked horns against the Barbados Tridents in the first match of the day. The latter side chose first to the field, and they managed to maintain a lid on the run-scoring of the opposition.
Lendl Simmons and Sunil Narine were struggling to get things going. Nevertheless, after they had been dismissed in the 10th over, the middle-order batsman took over when the score was 63/2 and pummeled the bowlers. Colin Munro took the initiative of scoring 50 off just 30 balls for the first time. The main attack came when Kieron Pollard got to the crease. Together with Darren Bravo, the TKR skipper took on the opposition attack.
They added 98 runs together to drive the Knight Riders to 185 runs for the loss of three wickets in the last seven overs. Pollard stayed unbeaten on 41 with only 17 four and four-six balls, while Bravo scored 54 * off 36 with four fours and as many maximums.
Johnson Charles and Shai Hope began the chase well with the Tridents scoring 68 runs in eight overs. Yet once they split the opening relationship, it was all one-way traffic. Hope couldn’t get on after the powerplay when either of the middle-order batsmen did not pass the 10-run mark. It was the 34 off 21 of Jason Holder who breathed life in the game, but it was too late by then.
The Tridents could only hit 166 runs in their 20 overs losing the game by 19 runs for the loss of six wickets. Spinners did the trick again, in their 10 overs, conceding just 50 runs.
St Lucia Zouks keeps on impressing.
This season St Lucia Zouks seems to have found their winning mojo. They continued to impress in the CPL 2020 10th match, with their limited resources. Since losing the toss, the Guyana Amazon Warriors had done a decent job early on with the ball. Everything looked grim for the Zouks at 42/3 in the 7th over. But it was Roston Chase’s partnership with Mohammad Nabi that rekindled the innings.
We also added 57 runs before Nabi (24) came out. Nevertheless, Chase managed to play his game and stitched Javelle Glenn (19) for another 43 points. The Zouks finally managed to post 144 runs on the board with Chase scoring 66 off 51 deliveries in 20 overs. Imran Tahir was the best bowler choosing 3/22 for the Warriors.
Early on in the chase, the Warriors were in tatters. At 7/3 in the fifth over they were left reeling and eventually, the fans got to see a classic Nicholas Pooran. With Chandrapaul Hemraj and Keemo Paul, he revived the Innings. But the sluggish beginning meant the Warriors were still behind in the chase. Yet Pooran ensured they would have a chance before the penultimate was over.
Kesrick Williams cast over the left-hander in the 19th with the opposition needing 21 runs. It was the last nail in the coffin as the fighting knock of Pooran’s 68 runs went in vain. Only for the loss of eight wickets, the Warriors could hit 134 runs. Scott Kuggeliejn (3/24) proved to be the Zouks’ best bowler and helped them to register their third consecutive victory.