Glenn Phillips was the one standout for the Jamaica Tallawahs because the power-hitters struggled for fluency, and Sunil Narine’s second consecutive 50 did the majority of the work because the Knight Riders took their time concerning the chase.
Ali Khan and Jayden Seales began fantastically after Knight Riders captain Kieron Pollard put the Tallawahs in. Walton spliced Ali Khan to sq. leg and Kirton was trapped in entrance by Seales – remarkably, this was the primary LBW of the CPL 2020.
Phillips and Tallawahs captain Rovman Powell each hit their first ball for sixes, however a flamboyant Dwayne Bravo catch gave Ali Khan the wicket of Powell. Asif Ali coming to the crease within the third over can’t have been a part of the Tallawahs’ Plan A.
A mini-recovery ensued as Phillips took Seales for a pair of boundaries, and Asif welcomed Khary Pierre to CPL 2020 with an infinite straight six. Narine bamboozled Asif 5 balls straight however discovered himself hammered into the stands for an impressive six.
Narine had his revenge, bowling Asif with a misleading faster ball. The Tallawahs crawled to 63/four at midway, and it acquired worse when a Fawad googly fully deceived Brathwaite. The leg-spinner’s first two overs tonight contained a outstanding 11 dot balls.
Phillips broke the spell off Fawad to come back out of his post-Powerplay stoop and attain 50 off 34 balls. The Tallawahs had been cautious to see off Narine, however at 90/5 with six overs to come back, the acceleration needed to come sooner or later, and as soon as Phillips fell making an attempt to whip Seales over deep sq. leg the onus was all on Russell.
Ali Khan delivered a near-perfect over, closing by practically holding a spectacular return catch off a ferocious drive from Ramaal Lewis, who got here into the Tallawahs XI for Veerasammy Permaul. In fact the American was fortunate to flee together with his tooth intact.
Thanks to a positive diving catch at mid-off from Colin Munro, a stressed Russell fell having confronted a very good variety of deliveries for underneath a run a ball for the second sport operating. Remarkably, he hasn’t but hit a six on this yr’s CPL.
The last over noticed Fidel Edwards, into the workforce for Oshane Thomas for his first CPL sport since 2015, run out as he sacrificed himself to save lots of Lewis, however the all-rounder could not handle a boundary. Ali Khan and Dwayne Bravo’s loss of life bowling was excellent, and the Tallawahs whole felt sub-par.
Edwards and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman troubled the highest order, with Lendl Simmons dropping his form off the paceman and gifting a catch to mid-off. After four overs the Tallawahs had Trinbago nerves jangling, however Narine’s eyes lit up when inexperienced off-spinner Lewis got here into the assault. 14 runs got here off the over, Munro and Narine each drove Russell for 4 by means of cowl, and 38/1 off the Powerplay meant issues had been a lot calmer within the Knight Riders dugout.
Narine has constructed his popularity as a hitter of spin, however he was extreme on the tempo of Russell, with the spotlight an impudent inside-out 4 on one leg. He introduced up a 35-ball 50 off the final ball of the 10th over, at which level the Knight Riders wanted simply 71 off 60 with 9 wickets in hand.
Munro’s was a curious innings – he managed simply 16 off his first 24 balls, however 14 of them had been boundaries, and it wasn’t till the 17th over that he breached a run a ball. This all-or-nothing strategy was a function of the chase, and the Knight Riders will wish to handle their excessive dot-ball proportion as they transfer by means of the match.
Mujeeb was glorious, and deserves enormous credit score for holding a skied return catch off Darren Bravo regardless of keeper Phillips practically taking him out with a full-length dive. But Narine’s belligerence and Munro’s anchor function meant that, though the Tallawahs will rue just a few missed alternatives, the Knight Riders all the time had the chase firmly underneath management.
This sense of ease was underlined when Pollard had time to dam out an Edwards over in an finally useless try and steer Munro to 50, and the Knight Riders go into the weekend sitting fairly atop the standings.
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