Yet another superb Shadab Khan bowling effort to go with Colin Munro’s unbeaten 47-ball 70 guided Trinbago Knight Riders to a seven-wicket win over Guyana Amazon Warriors in their Caribbean Premier League 2017 match at Queen’s Park Oval on Friday (August 11).
After being asked to bat, Guyana failed to capitalise on the breezy start they received from Chadwick Walton and Martin Guptill, their openers, and struggled against the spinners to finish on 156 for 7 in 20 overs. Munro then took charge and led his side to a victory with one over to spare. Trinbago finished on 162 for 3, handing Guyana their third consecutive defeat of the season and strengthening their position at the top of the table.
Walton and Guptill, the captain, gave Guyana a 40-run stand in just 3.1 overs with Guptill finding the fence on two occasions and going over it twice too. The assault ended when Shadab got rid of the New Zealand opener for a 14-ball 24.
After watching Babar Azam, the No. 3, fall to Sunil Narine in the very next over for just two, Walton smoked Khary Pierre for two consecutive sixes to bring back the momentum in Guyana’s favour.
With the pacers leaking runs from the other end, Dwayne Bravo, the Trinbago captain, brought back Kevon Cooper and the right-arm medium-pacer didn’t disappoint. Cooper sent the dangerous looking Walton back to the dugout for a 23-ball 36, his innings studded with a four and four sixes.
Guyana couldn’t recover from there and lost Jason Mohammed and Gajanand Singh cheaply to the spin duo of Shadab and Narine respectively. Roshon Primus did provide some stability with his run-a-ball 23, but the spinners along with Cooper made sure that Guyana didn’t go too far, even though Keemo Paul and Rayad Emrit wielded the long handle well in the last two overs to get their side past the 150-run mark.
Shadab finished with 4 for 28, which took him to the top of the wicket-takers’ charts for the season with eight wickets against his name.
In the second half, Sohail Tanvir sent Brendon McCullum back for a golden duck and Narine was joined by Munro, and the New Zealander announced his arrival with two sixes and a four in Tanvir’s second over.
Narine took the back seat and allowed Munro to do the big-hitting, falling for 23 in 22 balls to Steven Jacobs after a 79-run stand in just 44 deliveries.
Having lost Darren Bravo with 106 on the board, Munro got support from Denesh Ramdin and slowly gave Trinbago the advantage. The Trinbago batsmen played out Rashid Khan with caution, the Afghanistan legspinner giving away just 18 runs in four overs, but he failed to get a wicket, crucially.
Having negated the Rashid threat, Ramdin hit three fours and three sixes en route his 23-ball 42 not out, while Munro kept at it merrily, hitting five fours and five sixes in an entertaining innings that took him to 178 runs for the season, well ahead of Kieron Pollard’s 146 at No. 2.
Brief scores: Guyana Amazon Warriors 156/7 in 20 overs (Chadwick Walton 36; Shadab Khan 4-28, Sunil Narine 2-16) lost to Trinbago Knight Riders 162/3 in 19 overs (Colin Munro 70 n.o., Denesh Ramdin 32 n.o.) by 7 wickets.