Akeal and Ravi Powerplay won in Knight Riders
By Sangeeta Viswas
on Mon Sep 06 2021
Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein and right-arm pacer Ravi Rampaul won the Powerplay Blitz at Knight Riders. After the Powerplay reduced Jamaica Tallawahs to 15 for 5 as Trinbago Knight Riders went on to record seven wickets from that opening order. Win at Warner Park.
Imad Wasim and Carlos tried their best to bring back the honour in Tallawah’s innings with an 83-run partnership. But the 145-run target looked increasingly weak during Lendl Simmons’ spirited 70 off 45 balls. Knight Riders’ 17-ball chase helped.
Kieron Pollard’s decision to bowl first was immediately upheld by Akeal Hosein. A wicket-maiden Including a wicket gift from Kenner Lewis. who gave a half-tracker to Colin Munro at backward point. While Lewis’s dismissal was a matter of placement. As pressure from the dot ball resulted in an overambitious release shot depressing.
Hayden Ali tries a good length delivery over the stumps and drops Simmons to a summit edge at short third man. Kirk McKenzie scored two runs in three balls for Ravi the third man gave Denesh Ramdin a comfortable lead.
Jason Mohammed chased down a ball that was not abundant to drive and Simmons patted Hosein to Simmons. The Powerplay with his third catch again. A quick take at slip as Rovman Powell struck Sunil Narayan was driven to run. With a duck in eight balls.
Anticipating a record low total output, Imad and Brathwaite ditched the top order and showed that the monsters of the pitch were a figment of their presumption. Brathwaite eventually completed his second CPL half-century of his career, but attempts to increase the run rate resulted in the death of both in the final four overs.
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The only thing that looked like it would render the Knight Riders’ winning charge useless was a Dark Storm system breach during the innings break. Only two overs were bowled before play was halted moments after Narayan was given lbw after a reverse sweep to Imad.
The delay lasted 49 minutes but once the Super Sooper had done its job, there was no more risk of play being blocked.
Instead, Simmons was threatening the stands with every subsequent smoky strike. His innings could have been halted for 17 when Miguel Pretorius hit a short-ball trap at deep square leg off the final ball of the Powerplay. But Chris Green gave a straight opportunity.
Simmons then continued to coordinate on the boundary, smashing consecutive sixes off Edwards in the 13th to score a 37-ball half-century under a 102-run partnership with Munro. Both fell short on purpose as Pollard and Darren Bravo took the Knight Riders safely across the line.