The Tridents, and specifically Hayden Walsh, had been excellent with the ball to skittle the Zouks, however handle to lose regardless of not even being bowled out.
Joshua Bishop got here in for his second senior T20 sport, changing the injured Mitchell Santner, and simply as he had in his first match, final 12 months towards the identical opposition, he dismissed Rakheem Cornwall within the first over. Andre Fletcher’s innings was dramatic however temporary – he smashed Holder for six first ball, however the Tridents captain trapped him LBW second – and after eight balls the Zouks had been 12/2.
Bishop bowled a formidable second over, beating each Leniko Boucher and Roston Chase and having Chase dropped at level. Holder confirmed religion in Walsh after his mauling by the hands of Kieron Pollard yesterday, and Walsh ought to have dismissed Boucher however Shai Hope missed a easy stumping. Rashid Khan was as correct as ever, and the Zouks reached the Powerplay at 35/2.
Boucher was frenetic earlier than Walsh bowled him with a faster ball. Chase was capable of free his arms and sweep Ashley Nurse for 4, however Walsh was visibly rising in confidence and beat Chase within the flight with a slower googly to bowl him. Nurse continued, Rashid once more held again for the second a part of the innings, and the Afghan pair went boundary-less. The Zouks reached midway at 58/4.
Nabi for as soon as failed, skying a flighted Walsh googly to the captain at long-off, and with him gone Rashid returned and troubled each Najibullah Zadran and captain Daren Sammy. Bishop’s return over was additionally correct, and a frantic Sammy ran himself out to depart his crew 65/6 within the 13th. Javelle Glen although began in type with a big six that landed on the roof.
Najibullah late-cut Rashid with simply sufficient tempo to search out the boundary, however the remainder of the over went scoreless. Nurse acquired a 3rd over with two left-handers on the crease and picked up Glen, albeit it was a full toss whipped straight to Walsh at deep midwicket.
Holder went to his seamers Nyeem Young and Raymon Reifer, and a stressed Najibullah fell to the latter due to low catch by Joshua Bishop at deep sq. leg. Reifer acquired a second due to Walsh expertly judging a mistimed Scott Kuggeleijn pull to juggle and maintain close to the rope.
Rashid was, predictably, too good for the tail and completed his spell with the wicket of his countryman Zahir Khan. Young with a good over of 0/three was the one one of many Tridents bowlers to not take a wicket, they usually hadn’t even wanted all 20 overs.
Hope and Johnson Charles began cautiously. The first aerial shot did not come till the 4th over, Charles nearly holing out to mid-on, however a smattering of fours noticed the Tridents rating at a run a ball. Hope fell LBW to ball from Williams, however the Tridents reached the Powerplay at a gradual 34/1.
That grew to become 37/2 when Zahir bowled Kyle Mayers with a magnificence that turned from center to take off-stump, the no.three once more struggling towards wrist-spin. Williams and Zahir snuck by way of just a few tight overs, and even Charles’ third boundary was a managed leg look. Williams wasn’t giving up, beating Holder’s waft to select up a second LBW, however on the drinks break the Tridents had been 48/three and wanted barely over 4 an over.
The Tridents although continued to bat nervously – Chase and Glen, the latter bowling for the primary time in senior T20 cricket, had been tidy, and the leg-spinner Glen acquired his first wicket when Charles sliced to long-on the place Williams took catch.
The Tridents instantly discovered themselves 67/Four off 14, and Zahir, Nabi and Chase bowled tidily towards a nervy Nurse and Corey Anderson. When Nabi beat Anderson within the flight and bowled him, the Tridents discovered themselves instantly 5 down and needing over a run a ball. Sammy gave Glen the nod for the 19th, and Rashid fell clubbing the leg-spinner to Nabi, leaving Chase 9 to defend off the final over.
Nurse fell to catch from Najibullah, however most significantly Chase began with three dot balls. Reifer missed a full toss and solely managed three off two balls, leaving Young needing to hit his first ever ball in Hero CPL over the ropes to seal a win that appeared a formality at nearly each stage.
He could not do it, and whereas the Zouks bowlers deserve enormous credit score, for the second day in a row the Tridents discovered themselves questioning how on earth that they had misplaced.
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