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TKR has another bite today

Two losses in their last two matches must be a worrying sign for the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR), but tonight all that could be forgotten when they oppose the winners of last night?s clash between the Amazon Warriors and Jamaica Tallawahs, looking for a place in the finals.

The TKR went under to St. Kitts/Nevis Patriots at the Brian Lara Academy in Tarouba by 38 runs on Wednesday night. It meant that the Patriots booked a place in the finals that takes place on Saturday night at the same venue.

After a good bowling display had restricted the Patriots to 149 for seven of their 20 overs, the local boys were expected to overhaul that score but the visitors had other ideas.

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With their attention focussed on the people of St. Kitts who were under a serious hurricane watch, the Patriots decided to play one for their fans and came out righting.

The TKR has not looked the same with the departure of the injured Brendan McCullum and on Wednesday night they were left bare at the top, being reduced to 2/2 early in their reply.

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They never recovered as partnerships of note were hard to come by. Anytime, the TKR tried to lay a platform for an expected launch, they lost wickets and it was a situation of going back to square one again and again.

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Their final score of 111 all out included 29 from Darren Bravo and 24 from Dwayne Bravo, who also collected 4/38 when the Patriots batted.

After winning the toss the Knight Riders choose to field first obviously dictated by the fact that this was an unknown strip.

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The dangerous duo of Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis could not hammer the ball as per usual. Lewis fell cheaply and the disciplined bowling by the TKR restricted Gayle to an unbeaten 54 batting through the innings.

Mohammad Hafeez looked sound and carved 21 to kick start the innings after Lewis? departure.

Through the early middle overs Gayle and Brandon King worked hard to keep the scoreboard moving against the Knight Riders frugal spinners, Sunil Narine and Shadab Khan, with both men hitting excellent and valuable sixes against the turn over the leg side.

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It brought the return of pace and Dwayne Bravo for the next wicket – King top-edging a pull shot to fall for a battling 30 off 26 balls leaving the Patriots 90 for 3 after 13.3 overs.

Despite possessing power-hitters Carlos Brathwaite and Mohammad Nabi the Patriots found it difficult to accelerate in the latter stage of the innings with Bravo and Beaton varying their pace regularly and picking up wickets to disrupt any momentum.

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It was indicative of the Patriots struggle that Gayle finished not out but only scored 54 runs from 51 balls.


TKR vs Patriots

Patriots inns

C Gayle not out 54

E Lewis c Christian b Beaton 6

M Hafeez c Ramdin b Cooper 21

B King c Ramdin b Bravo 30

C Brathwaite c Perkins b Bravo 14

M Nabi b Bravo 1

J Carter c Cooper b Beaton 4

D Thomas c Searles b Bravo 8

Extras 11

Total for 7 wkts 149

Fall of wkts: 7, 42, 90, 120, 122, 128, 149.

Bowling: R Beaton 4-1-22-2, J Searles 2-0-16-0, S Narine 4-0-30-0, K Cooper 2-0-12-1, S Khan 4-0-25-0, D Bravo 4-0-38-4.

TKR inns

W Perkins c Thomas b Hilfenhaus 1

S Narine run out 0

C Munroe c & b Cottrell 5

D Bravo run out 29

D Ramdin c Gayle b Brathwaite 19

D Christian lbw Hafeez 4

D Bravo c Hilfenhaus b Cottrell 24

S Khan c Gayle b Shamsi 2

J Searles c Brathwaite b Cottrell 4

K Cooper c Nabi b Gayle 4

R Beaton not out 13

Extras 6

Total all out 111

Fall of wkts: 1, 2, 6, 42, 59, 59, 70, 91, 91, 111.

Bowling: S Cottrell 4-0-17-3, B Hilfenhaus 2-1-13-1, M Nabi 2-0-18-0, C Brathwaite 3-0-18-1, M Hafeez 4-0-11-1, T Shamsi 4-0-25-1, C Gayle 0.3-0-9-1.

Result: Patriots won by 38 runs.

Man of the match: Chris Gayle.

Patriots qualifies for the finals.


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