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Narine smashes another fifty to set up TKR's second win on the trot
CPL 2020

Narine smashes another fifty to set up TKR's second win on the trot

Jamaica Tallawahs 135/8 in 20 overs (Glenn Phillips 58; Jayden Seales 2-21, Ali Khan 2-25)

Trinbago Knight Riders 136/3 in 18.1 overs (Sunil Narine 53, Colin Munro 49*; Mujeeb Ur Rahman 1-13)

Sunil Narine struck his second successive half-century of CPL 2020 to back up a splendid effort with the ball as Trinbago Knight Riders completed a comprehensive win over Jamaica Tallawahas on Thursday.

Narine was the chief protagonist of the Knight Riders' chase of the 136-run target as he starred in a 75-run stand with Colin Munro following the dismissal of opener Lendl Simmons for nought.

The first four overs of the Powerplay yielded only 14 runs as Munro struggled for timing while Narine was largely kept away from the strike.

Narine then bustled back into business by punishing Ramaal Lewis for two boundaries and a six in the fifth over and injected the impetus with his blazing strokeplay.

Fresh from a magnificent fifty in the season opener, Narine blasted a host of boundaries in subsequent overs to help the Knight Riders acquire a dominant hold on proceedings.

By the time he departed for an electric 38-ball 53, Munro had also begun to free his arms as his first maximum arrived via a full-blooded heave over deep long-on off Sandeep Lamichhane.

Trinbago's pursuit of the paltry target was made easy by a sloppy display in the field from Carlos Brathwaite, who dropped a couple of chances in consecutive overs.

His first drop occurred when Darren Bravo drove the ball straight to him at chest-height off Fidel Edwards. The second spill came off the bowling of Lamichhane with the dangerous Munro making full use of the let-off to plunder the bowling.

Brathwaite's torrid time in the middle was made more miserable when he had to face the wrath of Munro's batting, leaking 21 runs in the 17th over.

The Knight Riders were able to finish the match with 11 balls remaining when the winning run came off a wide from Brathwaite.

Jamaica's batting was troubled by a frequent loss of wickets and an uncharacteristically slow innings from Andre Russell, who crawled to 25 off 26 balls.

Glenn Phillips tried hard to resurrect the innings with a majestic 58 but he failed to get any substantial support on the other end.

Narine and Fawad Ahmed gave away 37 runs in their seven overs as the Tallawahs reached 135-8.