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Indomitable Knight Riders pummel Tallawahs to storm into CPL final
CPL 2020

Indomitable Knight Riders pummel Tallawahs to storm into CPL final

Trinbago Knight Riders brushed aside Jamaica Tallawahs with utter ease to make it 11 wins on the trot and have given themselves a shot at claiming their fourth Caribbean Premier League title.

The expansive margin of victory achieved by the Knight Riders afforded a rather 'no-contest' outlook to the first semi-final as spinners dominated proceedings on a sluggish track at Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

Jamaica were dismantled by the left-arm spin duo of Akeal Hosein and Khary Pierre, who shared five wickets between them.

Hosein set the tone for Trinbago's commanding influence over the game by a slew of drifters in the first six deliveries of the innings.

The 27-year-old shattered the stumps of Jermaine Blackwood on the fourth ball before Pierre struck in the second over by inducing a tame stroke from the in-form Glenn Phillips.

The audacious move to promote Mujeeb Ur Rahman to No. 3 for the first time in his T20 career reaped no rewards for the Tallawahs as the Afghan was forced to make his way back to the pavilion without troubling the scorers.

Asif Ali's woeful run across the season following his heroic CPL debut continued as he departed off the bowling of Hosein to leave his side in tatters at 25-4.

The rebuilding process initiated by Nkrumah Bonner and skipper Rovman Powell did not last too long as the former was castled by a deceptive googly from the veteran Fawad Ahmed.

To make matters worse for Jamaica, the usually destructive Andre Russell met his demise via an erroneous decision from the umpire. The T20 maestro was given out caught at slip off Sunil Narine but the ball flipped his pad and the unavailability of DRS added to his misery.

Jamaica eventually crawled past the three-figure mark and posted a middling total of 107-7 in their 20 overs.

Mujeeb briefly lifted the Tallawahs' hopes of earning an elusive win by bamboozling Narine with a ball that skidded off the surface to disturb his stumps.

The early blow was compensated by an unbroken 97-run partnership between Lendl Simmons and Tion Webster to help Trinbago surmount the target with five overs to spare.

The ruthless style of Knight Riders' emphatic triumph has been a hallmark of their flawless campaign this season as they hope to ultimately clinch gold.