A great recovery with the bat was not enough for the Jamaica Tallawahs as defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders picked up a much-needed win on Sunday (September 5). Veteran batsman Lendl Simmons hit five sixes off 70 balls off 45 balls as he chased down the Knight Riders.
In the second over of the chase, Imad Wasim trapped him in the plumb and Sunil Narine’s opening batting did not last long. The next four overs hit at least one boundary as the Knight Riders finished the powerplay at a height. Except for Chris Green Simmons, the Tallawahs were given a chance to miss them. Although Simmons and Colin Munro batted carefully after adding just 2 runs in four overs after the powerplay, they eventually changed gears with a quick ascent with the required run rate.
After reaching the fifties by collecting two short deliveries behind the fence, Simmons firmly converted Edwards’ figures into four overs as well as 21 runs in two overs. Although the two-set batsmen were out four balls after their centuries, veterans Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo completed the formalities. Both batsmen hit a boundary off Fidel Edwards and Simmons then tore the one-year-old Seamer in one over, which changed the course of the game.
The Talawahra made a terrific start with the bat, scoring just 11 runs in their top five combinations. Kenner Lewis went into the very first over of the game and Robbie Rampal used his deception to add two scalps in the space of three balls to further damage the batting team. As the procession continued, Jason Mohammed and Rovman Powell also became cheaper and threw their dugouts into complete chaos. Seeing what happened in the powerplay in the evening, the Knight Riders are hopeful that the chase will be easier with 17 balls left.
Imad and Carlos Brathwaite began to recover and were both able to keep their feet on the accelerator despite the initial scratching. Imad was the opening attacker, scoring 10 of 16 runs for Brathwaite at one point. In the 1st over, Isru Udana hit a boundary hat-trick to find the strong all-rounder. Imad hit a six in that over to gradually increase the run rate. After the powerplay was over, there were only 15 runs on the board, with five frontline batsmen already back in the pavilion. The Talawahs at the time needed a huge contribution from their three all-rounders for their contribution, and all three of them took the step.
He was certainly not disappointed as Udana was again taken to the cleaners. As Russell grew older, he ended the innings with a six in the last over as his 8-ball 20 helped the Talawahs post to 144 – which was never achievable in the beginning. Surprisingly, the batting team saw their speed surpass six in the 17th over for the first time, as Brathwaite noticed Udana for the second time. Although they had lost Imad by then, the stage was set for a big finish from Andre Russell.
scores: Jamaica Tallawahs 144/7 in 20 overs (Carlos Brathwaite 58, Imad Wasim 42; Akeal Hosein 2-12, Ravi Rampaul 2-26) lost to Trinbago Knight Riders 145/3 in 17.1 overs (Lendl Simmons 70, Colin Munro 34; Imad Wasim 2-19) by 7 wickets