After losing to the Guyana Warriors in their first match, the Trinbago Knight Riders won their second game versus the Barbados Royals by 6 wickets. The defending champions gained 2 points from the match and finally got their 2021 CPL campaign underway. Here’s how the match went down.
The Barbados Tridents won the toss and elected to bat and made a reasonable start in the PowerPlay with Charles and Phillips biding their time before Isuru took them out with his 5 wicket haul. This run saw 2 openers and Holder eliminated in quick succession to each other. Azam and Shai tried to rebuild the innings, but their hopes were also dashed, and Sunil put an end to Kyle’s stay on the field.
Isuru then proceeded to deliver a critical blow to the Royals by eliminating Perera and Azam in the same over. This was also his 5-wicket run. Ravi Rampaul closed things off at the tail to restrict the Royals to just 122, a lead they hoped would get them the win.
Despite having to chase down 123 to win, Pollard’s side kept playing hard. Mohammad Amir put on a great bowling display making a 3-over spell in the PowerPlay eliminating Sunil, Lendl, and Colin Munro. However, they were still 38 for 4 in the 8th over, but the experienced duo of Pollard and Ramdin made an unbroken stand of 87 in 9 overs. This sealed the win for them, with Pollard making a 29 ball half-century. Ramdin had taken a blow on the arm from Thomas but still choose to support Pollard in making this spectacular run.
The Riders captain’s ability to change gear gave his side a great advantage and helped them recover from their opening match loss to the Guyana Warriors and a dicey start. The Royals’ loss was also sealed by a loose first over from Walsh, with Holder not confident about giving the leg spinner another bowl.
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