CPL 2020, Match 15, SLZ vs SKN: Mohammad Nabi's career best performance demolishes Patriots
27 Aug 2020
The Trinbago Knight Riders continued their winning run to make it 5 out 5 in the Caribbean Premier League 2020. The TKR defeated Guyana Amazon Warriors in a nervy low scoring game to give themselves an unassailable at the top of the table. After restricting the Warriors for a meek 112/7 in 20 overs, they chased down the target in 18.2 overs with 7 wickets remaining.
In a pitch that was difficult to bat on Tim Seifert and Darren Bravo showed their class to see of good spells and convert any looseners thrown at them. The Warriors tried their best to keep the batting at check, but with such a poor score to defend, they were never going to come out of it on top without picking wickets.
Earlier sent to bat in the first innings, the home team imploded with nothing going their side on the day. Unable to manage the turn and bounce off the surface, the Warriors batting submitted to Kharry Pierre who took 3 wickets for 18 runs.
A lot has been said about the approach of the Guyana batting and their inability to keep the scoreboard ticking. The same came in the forefront again with all of their batsmen finding it difficult to get off strike.
The ever-optimistic Guyana captain Chris Green said after the game that it was a difficult wicket to bat in, and the lost the game after Ross Taylor was run out by Tim Seifert's superb diving effort. Green was of the opinion that, the event hurt their momentum and they could not get on from there to build a respectable total. He praised his team's grit that kept them in the game for a long time but admitted that there are areas that they need to improve.
Guyana will not be looking back happily at the highlights reel of this game. Batting mainstays Nicholas Pooran, Sherfane Rutherford, Brandon King and Chandrapaul Hemraj all were dismissed by regulation deliveries that could have been negotiated on any other day. While on the other hand, the TKR managed to negotiate tough spells to grind out a win.
With today's loss, Warriors are stuck at the bottom half of the table with just 2 wins out of their 6 games and would look to change the momentum if they are to stay in the competition.
Trinbago Kinght Riders: 115/3 (18.2 overs)
Guyana Amazon Warriors: 112/7 (20 overs)