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CPL 2019

Trinbago pummel Jamaica as records tumble in CPL run-fest

Trinbago Knight Riders posted the highest total in T20 franchise cricket and the third-highest overall in the Caribbean Premier League clash against Jamaica Tallawahs to maintain their unbeaten run in the season.

Colin Munro and Lendl Simmons smashed rapid fifties while a blazing cameo from Trinbago skipper Kieron Pollard allowed the visitors to achieve the record total of 267-2 in their allotted 20 overs.

While the home side did put up some fight, largely spearheaded by Glenn Phillips' 32-ball 62, Jamaica ended 41 runs short of Trinbago's gargantuan total.

Knight Riders began their batting assault with a breezy opening partnership between Simmons and Sunil Narine.

The two raced to 55 in just 5.2 overs before Narine was dismissed trying to slog-sweep Afghan spinner Zahir Khan.

Simmons was then joined by New Zealander Munro as they combined to add 124 for the second wicket, each of them repeatedly clearing the boundary fence by some distance.

Both of them survived scares after the Tallawahs fielders failed to hold onto their chances.

Simmons contributed with 86 off 42 deliveries featuring five maximums as he was eventually run out in bizarre fashion on a free-hit.

Meanwhile, Munro led the carnage from the other end depositing the ball in the stands eight times during his unbeaten 50-ball 96.

Pollard, recently appointed the West Indies' white-ball captain, unleashed a late flurry of boundaries to boost Knight Riders to 267 - 11 runs short of Afghanistan's 278-3 against Ireland.

Days after being at the receiving end of the record chase versus St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Jamaica's bowlers were again subject to clobbering to all parts of the ground.

In reply, Phillips and Tallawahs skipper Chris Gayle stitched a lively opening partnership but suffered a setback when Mohammad Hasnain rocked the chase with two quick strikes.

Jamaica never took off and although Ramaal Lewis struck a swiftly-paced 37 not out, his lusty blows came at a time when the asking rate had climbed to over 20 runs an over.

Trinbago have strengthened their No.1 position on the points table with the run-fest seeing the match aggregate tally up to 493 - the second-highest ever in T20 cricket.

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