Dwayne Bravo grew to become the primary bowler to achieve 500 T20 wickets, and 100 CPL wickets besides because the Knight Riders confirmed that, even with out Sunil Narine, they’re a formidable group.
The Zouks began aggressively – Andre Fletcher lofted Ali Khan for a six however fell subsequent ball, Pierre taking a fantastic catch at third man. The fit-again Rakheem Cornwall was unfazed and hit the ball after Fletcher’s dismissal for six, and the Zouks flew to 32/1 after three overs.
But then Cornwall drove aerially, Munro took an excellent catch, and on his residence floor Bravo grew to become the founding member of T20 cricket’s 500 Club. He quickly made it 501 – a portentous quantity on a floor with a pavilion named for Brian Lara – by yorking Roston Chase, and after a powerful begin the Zouks had stuttered to 43/three off the Powerplay.
Pollard went with Fawad Ahmed and himself after the Powerplay to maintain the stress on. They did so with aplomb, conceding solely 15 runs in 4 overs and never giving up a single boundary. At midway, the Zouks have been 58/three and hadn’t discovered the fence for 32 balls.
The 48-year-old Pravin Tambe, the primary Indian to play the CPL, solely bought one over, nevertheless it was an eventful one. Najibullah Zadran hit a six and a 4, however Tambe had the final snicker. Najibullah misinterpret the googly and gave Pollard a easy catch at cowl, and Tambe had his personal little second of historical past.
Mohammad Nabi was busy, slicing Pollard for 4, however with Mark Deyal scratchy, Fawad’s over went for simply 4 and Pollard completed his spell tightly, leaving the Zouks trying to find rhythm at 93/four off 14 overs.
Nabi tried to supply it, sweeping Fawad for 4 and launching him for a Hero Maximum, however Fawad completed sturdy by ending Deyal’s struggles. Zouks captain Daren Sammy determined the scenario referred to as for himself, however Pierre returned with one other good over and the Zouks entered the final 4 overs at 109/5.
Sammy had a couple of lusty swings however missed all of them, and was finally trapped LBW by Pierre. That was the final motion earlier than the rain got here, and one wonders what number of runs Nabi being starved of strike took off the Knight Riders’ adjusted goal.
Nabi sparked hope with the ball, trapping Lendl Simmons LBW for a second ball duck. Munro although was constructive, sweeping for 4 then a Hero Maximum to get the Knight Riders up and working. Scott Kuggeleijn did not assist issues for the Zouks, firing down 5 wides in an over that went for 11.
Kesrick Williams was on the cash, as each Munro and emergency opener Tion Webster discovered long-on to go away the Knight Riders three down and with Pollard and Darren Bravo but to face a ball.
Pollard although did not final lengthy – he bought off the mark with an aesthetic flick for 4 off Chemar Holder, however the younger Bajan responded with one which jagged again off the seam to take an inside edge that was very effectively caught by Fletcher. After 4 overs, the Knight Riders wanted 35 off 30 balls however have been 4 down.
Nabi returned, however Bravo and Tim Seifert managed 5 singles off him to maintain the Knight Riders forward of the DLS par. Seifert had solely confronted three balls in the entire event earlier than right now, however was busy and creative. A flick over his shoulder off Kuggeleijn raced for 4, and the Knight Riders wanted 22 off the final three overs.
Darren Bravo introduced up a milestone of his personal off Williams, his 100th CPL six, to cut back the equation to a run a ball. Holder was glorious on the dying within the Zouks’ personal DLS victory towards the Guyana Amazon Warriors and was trusted with the penultimate over right here, however Bravo hammered six No. 101 to make victory a formality. Seifert drove for 4 to complete it with an over to spare and ship the Knight Riders clear on the prime of the desk.
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