The Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) sent the Guyana Amazon Warriors crashing to their third defeat in as many matches last evening at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Colin Munro continued his excellent run of form with another glorious exhibition of power hitting, thumping the hapless Warrior attack for 70 not out, as the Trinbago unit knocked the required target of 157 in 19 overs.
Munro came to the wicket on the second ball of the TKR innings as Brendon McCullum was dismissed for a duck. After that hiccup, it was all Munro and Sunil Narine, 23, who hammered the bowling, as the score raced to 79 before Narine fell to Steven Jacobs.
Munro flayed the Warriors for five 6’s and five 4’s, and received excellent support from Darren Bravo, 17, and Denesh Ramdin, whose innings of 42 off 23 balls included three 6’s and three 4’s. Munro and Ramdin added 56 off 28 deliveries to complete the TKR victory, which never seemed in doubt with Munro at the wicket.
Earlier, the Warriors invited to bat by Dwayne Bravo who won the toss, were given a flying start by Chadwick Walton and Martin Guptill, who hammered the TKR attack for 40 runs off 3.1 overs, before the latter fell for 24. Guptill’s innings came off 14 balls and included two 6’s and two 4’s.
Walton’s dismissal off Kevin Cooper’s bowling left the Warriors on 77 for 3 in the ninth over. Walton’s sparkling knock of 36 included four 6’s, and set the stage for a score in the region of 170 to 175.
It was not to be, as Sunil Narine delivered four tight overs for 16 meagre runs whilst taking two wickets, and Shadab Khan snatched four wickets, including two in vital the eighteenth over, to break the Warriors’ momentum.
The Guyana franchise got useful contributions from Roshon Primus, 23, Sohail Tanvir 11, and the undefeated pair of Keeno Paul, 14, and Rayad Emrit, 11, who added 25 useful runs off the last 13 balls.
Skipper Bravo’s four overs cost 37 runs.
TKR moved to the top of the points table with their third victory in four matches, while their opponents remain joint cellar dwellers with the St. Lucia Stars.