CPL 2020: Sunil Narine masterclass helps TKR chase down a thriller against resilient Guyana Amazon Warriors
18 Aug 2020
Defending champions Barbados Tridents showed true class to defend their opening game of the 2020 Caribbean Premier League against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots after registering a fighting win by six runs on Wednesday, 19 August.
Playing the second match of the opening day doubleheader, Tridents restricted the flow of boundaries and took wickets in regular intervals to make life impossible for Patriots on the pitch.
Rashid Khan and captain Jason Holder led by example defending a meagre total of 153 and despite the bowlers finding it exceptionally difficult to grip the ball under heavy dew, the Tridents bought up their ‘A’ game to win the tie comfortably.
Despite being in advantage from the toss Patriots lost the game in key situations letting lose the grip of the game whenever they seemed to be on top.
After restricting Tridents for 153, none of the Patriot batsmen barring Joshua Da Silva built stayed long enough in the crease to build something sustained and let go of what once seemed like an open and shut game.
Earlier in the evening, sent to bat first after losing the toss in overcast conditions, defending champions Barbados Tridents had the worst possible start. While one of the key attributes to their team was that they bat deep, but losing Jhonson Charles, Corey Anderson and Shai Hope in a space of six balls derailed them beyond repair; or so it seemed for the time being.
Visibly rusty on the return of international cricket, Charles got his stumps uprooted trying an ugly lofted shot over the mid-wicket. Anderson got hit on the helmet on his first ball and looped a simple catch to point on the next delivery. While Sheldon Cottrell marched through these two, Hope unnecessarily shimmied down the pitch against veteran Sohail Tanvir and sliced the ball up to the fielder in covers.
Within three overs, Tridents were struggling at eight for three.
Tridents would have sunken into oblivion if not for some ballistic counter-attacking partnership form Kyle Mayers (37) and Jason Holder (38). From 8/3 in 2.3 overs, Tridents went to 69 in the seventh. Just when the partnership looked settled Mayers picked out Jahmar Hamilton standing in the sweeper cover.
Wickets kept falling in regular intervals but some late flourish from Rashid Khan (26) and Mitchell Santner (20) combined with the Tridents letting them off the hook, took the batting team to a respectable total of 153/9 in 20 overs.
Sheldon Cottrell, Sohail Tanvir and Riyad Emrit bowled exceptionally as a unit picking a total of six wickets, while Ish Sodhi and Alzarri Joseph had a day to forget giving away 48 and 40 runs respectively, which ended up being the difference-maker in the game.
Rashid Khan, Jason Holder and Mitchell Santner came back to put up a clinical performance and Rashid swung the game towards the Tridents in the 18th over picking up the crucial wickets of Dinesh Ramdin and Hamilton in successive deliveries.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots: 147/5 (20 overs)
Barbados Tridents: 153/9 (20 overs)