Trinbago Knight Rider look unstoppable at the moment as they showcased superior skills with bat and ball to beat Jamaica Tallawahs by 36 runs in the 24th game played in the Caribbean Premier League.
Kumar Sangakkara won the toss as Jamaica Tallawahs opted to bowl first. The decision turned out to be not so good with Brendon McCullum firing on all cylinders with the bat. He looked in ominous form as he batted the whole innings to score 91 runs off 62 runs to see Trinbago post a mammoth score of 209 runs on the board. Despite defiant innings from Kumar Sangakkara in the chase, Jamaica simply had to no answers to Trinbago, who are looking a cut above the rest as a side in the competition.
Sunil Narine perished for a duck as Krishmar Santokie got Jamaica Tallawahs off to a great start with the ball. But New Zealand’s duo of Brendon McCullum and Colin Munro had other ideas as they added 92 runs in just eight overs to see Trinbago in a great position to post a big score on the board.
McCullum looked aggressive from outset as he took 14 runs off Kesrick Williams first over. Garey Mathurin was also not spared as Trinbago batsman went after him to see Trinbago score 58 runs inside the Powerplay overs. Colin Munro stay at the crease came to end as he was dismissed by Rovman Powell after scoring 42 runs off 24 balls.
Darren Bravo came to the crease and did not let the momentum slip in the innings. He added 63-runs with McCullum to see Trinbago’s run-rate climb up to ten runs an over. McCullum launched an assault on the bowlers as it rained fours and sixes in the last six overs of the innings. He eventually fell short of a well-deserved century after being dismissed by Kesrick Williams in the 18th over of the innings.
Javon Searles and Dwayne Bravo added more runs in the final over of the innings to see Trinbago post 209 runs off their 20 overs.
Jamaica Tallawahs got off to worse possible start as they lost their in-form player Glenn Phillips for a duck in the first over. Lendl Simmons and Kumar Sangakkara led the fightback as they put on 87 runs in just 8 overs to keep Jamaica well in the hunt to chase down the target. Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse conceded a lot of runs in their first spells as Jamaica looked in complete control for a moment in the game.
Robert Frylinck was the man who provided the all-important breakthrough for Trinbago to see the back of Jamaica’s captain Sangakkara in the ninth over of the innings. Lendl Simmons also could not stay much longer as he departed in the next over after scoring 32 runs off 19 balls. Despite some cameos from Andre McCarthy and Rovman Powell, Jamaica lose momentum in the next set of 10 overs to lose the game by 36 runs.
McCullum was named man of the match for his stupendous show with the bat.