Trinbago Knight Riders Jump Ahead on CPL Table
Trinbago Knight Riders Jump Ahead on CPL Table, CricketHighlights
by Kristina Newsam, MyCricketHighlights Writer
Trinbago Knight Riders continued their trend of dominance throughout the Caribbean Premier League, with a smooth victory against Guyana Amazon Warriors, who have not been able to remove the bitter taste of loss from their mouths since the start of the tournament.
The Knight Riders won the toss and opted to bowl first, giving the Warriors a bit of a "head start", to try their hand at setting a high enough target against the looming presence of Trinbago, who seem set on snatching the tournament trophy.
And try they did, as the Amazon Warriors were at 40 without loss after just three overs, establishing a rhythm that the Knight Riders were not rocked by, as they sent in their own king of the ballroom, Shadab Khan, to remind them who exactly was in charge. Shadab, on his first ball, took the wicket of Warriors' captain, Martin Guptill, who went for a googly bowled outside off but slightly misread the direction of his shot, and drove the ball straight into the safe and skillfull hands of allrounder, Khary Pierre, who dove just in time.
Such was the trend of "almosts" by Amazon Warriors, followed by abrupt ends inflicted by Shadab and company; and much to the delight of the Knight Riders, this progressive momentum was transferred unto the bat seamlessly, as the usual threat and Man of the Match, Colin Munro, again carried the weight of the chase in fine style, putting on a heroic display following the sudden dismissal for a duck of wicketkeeper batsman, Brendon McCallum by Sohail Tanvir, with his most unorthodox left-arm medium-fast action.
Munro's brave burden was shared with the fresh Denesh Ramdin, who dealt his part in a joint 56 runs, and even had the last word with a six, to seal the easy win with 8 overs to spare.
The fate of Guyana Amazon Warriors remains precarious at this point, as their consistent losses spell an early exit on the horizon; serving as an obvious contrast to the reputation of Trinbago Knight Riders, who already seem to have the necessary framework in place to press through to the absolute end.