The Trinbago Knight Riders were powered to yet another 200-plus score by a mesmerizing half-century by Lendl Simmons and would have probably gone into the break thinking that the match was beyond the Knight Riders’ grasp. The batsmen of Trinbago Knight Riders did put the team in a stable position to secure their fifth win on the trot Carlos Brathwaite and Evin Lewis had other ideas.
Evin Lewis having scored 45 off just 21 deliveries and Carlos Brathwaite with his brilliant 64 off 30 balls did not let the pressure succumb them as they needed 19 off the final over to secure the chase and were just moments away from making a historic turnaround.
Jimmy Neesham, who was tasked to defend those runs has been a victim of weird things lately and he made mistakes with two-foot faults and so did his team who were generally sloppy in the field. RayadEmrit made no mistake in making the best out of these opportunities and smashed the final ball to the boundary to restore parity in the scoreboard and take the tie to a thrilling Super Over.
Skipper Carlos Brathwaite, who had led the spectacular chase took the responsibility to deliver in the Super Over upon himself and hammered USA’s Ali Khan all over the park to fetch 18 runs in the over and turning the tables on Trinbago Knight Riders who needed 19 runs from just 6 deliveries just like the equation Saint Kitts Nevis and Patriots had to solve in the final over of the normal game.
Buoyed by his rampant batting performance, this time, Brathwaite took charge of the ball despite Patriots’ coach Robin Singh insisting on Alzarri Joseph. Carlos Brathwaite was in a zone of his own and had no qualms defending the score as he shut the lid on Patriots and completed a wonderful night for himself and his team with an insane performance in Saint Kitts.
Lendl Simmons managed to mesmerize for the Trinbago Knight Riders for the third game in a row, following up his 63 off 39 against Saint Lucia Zouks and 86 off just 42 deliveries versus Jamaica Tallawahs with a captivating 45-ball 90 against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots. His innings included nine fours and six sixes and he has been an integral force behind his team standing at the pole position in the table.
Having won the toss, Carlos Brathwaite decided to put the Trinbago Knight Riders to bat. They had few issues in getting off to a rampant start as Simmons and Mark Deyal flew off the blocks. Akeem Jordan and Sheldon Cottrell were both punished brutally which prompted Brathwaite to bring himself into the equation as early as the fourth over of the game. He was not shown mercy either as he went for a couple of boundaries but Brathwaite succeeded in getting the breakthrough as he dismissed Deyal at 21. Simmons’ batting remained undeterred however and he hit RayadEmrit all over the park in the very next over while Knight Riders’ hero from the previous game- Colin Munro – tried to pick things up from where he left off.
TKR managed 76 runs in the first six overs and Simmons completed yet another half-century in just 26 deliveries. Brathwaite desperately needed another breakthrough but couldn’t find the answer in his bowlers who took a beating as the new pair on the pitch slammed 46 in four overs following PowerPlay taking the Knight Riders’ innings to 122 for 1 in just 10 overs. Simmons smashed Alzarri Joseph and Mohammad Hafeez to five sixes before departing in the 12th over to Cottrell.
The bowling side was desperate to regain control of the game and almost staged a coup with a couple of quick wickets of Munro and Pollard but Darren Bravo and Jimmy Neesham ensured that chaos wouldn’t prevail as they brought stability to the innings once again. As many as 60 runs arrived in the last 30 balls with Bravo and Neesham at the helm as the Knight Riders finished at 216 for 4.
The first sign of intent from the hosts arrived in the fourth over from Evin Lewis when he ripped Jimmy Neesham apart and hit him for three fours and three sixes in a 31-run over. St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots lost two wickets early on but had 67 runs on the board by the end of PowerPlay which was a good initial set-up for them.
Following the PowerPlay, the side struggled to find boundaries for a while but as Evin Lewis and Mohammad Hafeez departed, Brathwaite arrived in the pitch and ensured that the momentum of the innings wouldn’t fizzle out. Just like Evin Lewis, he identified Neesham as a target to hit big runs and also punished SeekuggePrasanna and Anderson Phillip.
From 93 for 4 after ten overs, Brathwaite and Shamarh Brooks took the side to 155 for 4 in the next 5 overs and did not let the TKR bowlers slack and rest on their laurels. The game, however, had yet another twist up its sleeve as both Brooks and Brathwaite departed in the next two overs, giving Trinbago Knight Riders a sniff of victory. However, cricket hardly works that way and Fabian Allen 5and EmritRayadcaused carnage by laying into Pollard in the 18th over bringing the required runs to 25 in 12 balls.
Despite Ali Khan bowling a stupendous penultimate over, conceding only six runs and taking Allen’s wicket, TKR and Neesham in particular, cracked under pressure as Emrit took 18 runs in the last over to push the game to a Super Over.
Brief Scores: Trinbago Knight Riders 216/4 in 20 overs (Lendl Simmons 90; Carlos Brathwaite 2-48) tied with St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots 216/7 in 20 overs (Carlos Brathwaite 64, Evin Lewis 45; Anderson Phillip 3-38). St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots won the Super Over.
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