CPL 2020, Match 3, JT vs St Lucia: Preview, Probable playing XI and Prediction
18 Aug 2020
The Caribbean Premier League returned for its 2020 edition to provide a thrilling, high octane encounter in its inaugural game at the Brain Lara Cricket Academy on Tuesday, 18 August. In a rain-affected 17-over game, the Trinbago Knight Riders won their opening match by 4 wickets in a nail-biting finish to the game, a trait that has become quite proprietary to the Caribbean tournament. Sunil Narine pulled off an excellent performance picking up two wickets and scoring a quickfire 50 in the top order.
Chasing a decent total of 145 runs, the Trinbago Knight Riders, touted as one of the title contenders failed to take off. Lendl Simmons never looked settled during his time on the crease and lost his wicket to young Afghan Naveen ul Haq cheaply for 17. The stopgap momentum continued throughout the chase with Colin Munro, Kieron Pollard losing their wicket in crucial stages of the match.
Despite the fall of wickets, Knight Riders stayed on course with the run rate, courtesy, Sunil Narine who erupted like a volcano and scored a shot-laden half-century of 27 balls.
While Narine perished soon after, he put his team at a position from where they could go on to seal an easy victory.
Needing 23 from the last three overs, Knight Riders lost Kieron Pollard and Tim Seifert in quick successions to put them in a spot of bother. While the bowlers have to be commended for doing their job, a special mention would have to go to Brandon King for taking to outrageous catches to create chances out of thin air.
Needing just 5 from the last over, TKR despite losing Darren Bravo sealed the victory with just 2 balls remaining.
Sent to bat first after losing the toss, Guyana lost both their openers in quick succession. While Brandon King succumbed to Ali Khan in the first over, Chandrapaul Hemraj put a dolly back to Sunil Narine in the fourth over.
Just when everything looked to go wrong for Guyana the experience of Ross Taylor and resilience of Shimron Hetmyer came into play and both batsmen added crucial 50 runs off 35 balls to give the innings some stability.
Considering the uncertainties about the pitch and the slightly damn conditions, Guyana did exceeding well to post 144 runs in 17 overs, led by Hetmyer’s 63 off 44 balls.
Sunil Narine was the pick of the bowlers in the first innings and scalped two wickets in his registered four overs giving away just 19 runs. If not for him, the Hetmyer-Taylor partnership could have launched an irreparable attack on the Trinbago bowlers.
Guyana Amazon Warriors: 144/5 (17/17 overs)
Trinbago Knight Riders: 147/6 (16.4/17 overs)