Four wickets’ victory against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots has put Trinbago Knight Riders in the semifinals. The match was power-packed, and the game turned out to be an easy win with Kieron Pollard and Ali Khan playing their best throughout. The match was enthralling to watch as it did not look good for the Riders at the beginning of their innings. Knight Riders were at 52 for 3 in the ninth over. The target set by St Kitts & Patriots was a decent score of 148 runs. But the Riders looked like they were struggling to chase the target.
The trajectory of the match changed when Kieron Pollard picked up the bat. He scored a whopping 51 runs in just 22 balls, earning the Player of the Match title. The Trinbago Knight Riders would be finishing third if not for Kieron’s fantastic performance. The Riders will be facing fourth-placed St Lucia Kings in the first semifinals, while third-placed Patriots will face Guyana Amazon Warriors in the second semifinals.
The Patriots entered the pitch with willow. Joshua Da Silva ensured a steady start for the Patriots. The wicketkeeper cum batter maintained a good momentum even after Chris Gayle got holed out, scoring only five runs. Da Silva managed to score 50 runs off 45 balls, but other players couldn’t hold for long to form a good partnership with him in the innings.
Sherfane Rutherford and Dwyane Bravo scored 25 runs and looked like they would play fiercely in the death overs but were sent out within the ten balls after scoring 25 runs. With this, the Patriots lost four wickets and barely managed to reach 150. With a final score of 147 runs for seven wickets, the Patriots were ready to defend their score. Ali Khan from TKR took three wickets of the starting lineup giving only 19 runs.
With Trinbago Knight Riders batting, Pollard entered the match later on. Kieron hit two sixes off the first two balls he faced. Jon-Russ Jaggesar couldn’t apply any pressure on Pollard, and the latter went on to score 23 runs from the over. In just 20 balls, Pollard hit a half-century, creating a new record for the fastest fifty in Knight Riders’ history.
After scoring 51, he got holed out, losing his wicket. But that short but fiery performance was more than enough for the Riders to touch victory. Isuru Udana entered in the 19th over scoring a quick 25 from 16 balls, not out.
Fawad Admad from the Patriots took two wickets, giving only 16 runs bringing the Patriots closer to victory. But Pollard’s performance overshadowed that achievement. Udana and Ali Khan took important wickets early on. Coupled with Pollard’s batting performance, the Trinbago Knight Riders glided to their victory very easily, losing only six wickets. The match turned out to be an easy win as the lower batting order played through after the massive push by Pollard. The final score of 150 put the Trinbago Knight Riders in the semifinals.