CPL 2021 | GAW s JT: Romario Shepherd's all-round performance shows exit gate to Tallawahs
13 Sep 2021
Trinbago Knight Riders ended the league stage of the CPL 2021 on a positive note after beating St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by 4 wickets as they chased down a target of 148 runs in 19 overs to move to the top spot in the points table.
TKR, Patriots and Guyana Amazon Warriors have the same number of points and wins under their belt but the Knight Riders are sitting at the helm as they have a better net run-rate.
The Warriors follow Trinbago at number two while Patriots and Saint Lucia Kings are at number three and four respectively.
TJR started the chase in a steady manner as Lendl Simmons and Denesh Ramdin put 32 runs on the board for the first wicket before Simmons departed for 20 off 17, courtesy a blinder from Fabian Allen.
Ramdin was then joined by Colin Munro in the middle but it took the Patriots just 20 runs to two wickets and reduce Trinbago to 52/3.
Captain Kieron Pollard who walked in at number five took the onus on himself and struck a fine half-century and provided the resistance to the side. The right-handed eventually departed for a 22-ball 51 when the team scorecard read 115.
Later, Isuru Udana held the fort from one end and anchored the side to a win after remaining unbeaten at 25 off 16. Udana’s knock included three maximums.
Fawad Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers for the Patriots as he returned with figures of 2/16 in 4 overs.
Earlier, SKNP managed to put 147/7 in 20 overs as Joshua Da Silva notched up a half-century while Bravo chipped in with a brisk 25 off 13 during the course. Ali Khan scalped three wickets for Trinbago in the innings.
SKNP captain Dwayne Bravo admitted that they needed more runs on the board to defend. “I must say it was a good cricket game, we batted first, we wanted to defend totals, obviously 149 wasn't enough against that batting line-up, happy though that we took it to the 19th over,” he said after the match.
TKR will now play Saint Lucia Kings in the first semi-final on Tuesday in St Kitts while Patriots will take on Guyana on Wednesday at the same venue.