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Rampant Munro, bowlers extend Trinbago Knight Riders' unbeaten run
CPL 2020

Rampant Munro, bowlers extend Trinbago Knight Riders' unbeaten run

Trinbago Knight Riders 184/4 in 20 overs (Colin Munro 65, Kieron Pollard 33*; Carlos Brathwaite 2-36)

Jamaica Tallawahs 165/6 in 20 overs (Andre Russell 58*, Glenn Philips 41; Fawad Ahmed 2-21)

Trinbago Knight Riders continued their unbeaten run in the Caribbean Premier League with their seventh win on the trot in Tarouba. Setting Jamaica Tallawahs an imposing 185 to win, the Knight Riders' spinners strangled the opposition thereafter to pick up a 19-run win on Tuesday (September 1).

After Sunil Narine's 11-ball 29 set the ton upfront, Colin Munro and Keiron Pollard accelerated in quick time at either ends. After ducks in his last two games, Munro blazed away to a half-century before being sent back for 65 off 54 balls. But it was Pollard's blitzkrieg of an unbeaten 33 off 16 balls that provided them the late impetus they needed to finish with a strong total of 184/4.

Opener Chadwick Walton's duck didn't help their cause at all, but Glenn Phillips took matters into his own hands to keep them afloat. His useful 41 off 31 balls had his end secure but he didn't find a solid partner to take the game back to the Knight Riders. He added 64 runs with Nkrumah Bonner (26) to still keep them in the chase, but the asking rate steadily increased. Jamaica needed 115 runs off the last 10 overs. When Andre Russell came to the middle, Jamaica's required run rate was close to 13 with Dwayne Bravo and Narine being left with 5 of the last 7 overs.

Russel belted a 23-ball fifty, with five fours and four sixes, but it was too late for the Tallawahs. It was the powerplay that made the difference. Chasing a stiff target, they not just lost two wickets - Walton and Jermaine Blackwood - in the first two overs against the two left-arm spin of Akeal Hosein and Khary Pierre, but also managed to score just 35 runs in the powerplay. They eventually fell short as Jamaica picked up their fourth loss in the CPL.