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Sunil Narine's miserly spell and explosive knock lead TKR to victory
CPL 2020

Sunil Narine's miserly spell and explosive knock lead TKR to victory

Guyana Amazon Warriors 144/5 in 17 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 63*, Ross Taylor 33; Sunil Narine 2-19)

Trinbago Knight Riders 147/6 in 16.4 overs (Sunil Narine 50, Darren Bravo 30; Naveen ul-Haq 2-21, Imran Tahir 2-40)

Trinbago Knight Riders overcame a few stumbling blocks in the Caribbean Premier League 2020 opener as a stunning all-round performance from Sunil Narine helped them defeat Guyana Amazon Warriors by four wickets.

The match was reduced to a 17-overs -a-side contest after rain delayed the start of the encounter at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.

Narine first stole the show with the ball by preventing the opposition from scoring freely and taming them to a modest total of 144-5 in their allotted overs.

Shimron Hetmyer was the standout batsman for the Chris Green-led Guyana, managing to slam a well-crafted 63 not out from 44 deliveries.

Hetmyer initially took time to settle and discover fluency as Ross Taylor on the other end stabilised the innings following the loss of openers for cheap scores.

Taylor's dismissal off the bowling of Narine then shifted the onus on Hetmyer, who picked up the scoring rate and accelerated in the death overs on the sluggish surface.

Narine finished his four-over spell with two wickets for 19 runs and was ably supported by fellow spinners Sikandar Raza and Fawad Ahmed as they too dried up the flow of boundaries.

The Knight Riders' chase failed to get off to a flying start since Lendl Simmons found it tough to make use of the fielding restrictions in the Powerplay.

He was subsequently dismissed by medium-pacer Naveen-ul-Haq for a sedate 17 to give the young Afghan his maiden CPL wicket.

The entry of Colin Munro alongside Narine completely altered the momentum of the chase as the two feasted on the wayward lengths from the bowlers.

Munro's brief seven-ball stay at the crease was lit by a couple of towering maximums and a gorgeous boundary while Narine immediately took the attack to Imran Tahir, plundering 17 runs in his first over of the season.

Narine reached his half-century in just 27 balls but was out on the very next delivery when an ill-timed slog off Tahir landed in the hands of the fielder.

A mini-collapse from the home side threatened to derail their prospects of a win but Dwayne Bravo stood calm and hit a four to finish proceedings in the final over with two balls to spare.