Colin Munro, Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard all came to the party as Trinbago Knight Riders thumped Barbados Tridents by 19 runs in Match No. 9 of the Caribbean Premier League 2020 at the Brian Lara Stadium on Sunday (August 23). Trinbago, who are still unbeaten in the tournament, moved to the top of the table with six points to their name, while the defending champions Barbados
Opting to field, Barbados seamers managed to keep Trinbago openers quiet before the next three batsmen wreaked havoc. Munro slammed a 30-ball 50 before Bravo (36-ball 54*) and Pollard (17-ball 41*) added 98 runs in the final seven overs. Trinbago smoked 69 runs in the last four overs as Darren and Pollard went berserk and knocked every bowler out of the park. Trinbago finished at 185/3 in 20 overs, setting a daunting target for Barbados.
In response, Johnson Charles (33-ball 52) kept his team in the game for the first six overs but didn't get any support from other batsmen. Jason Holder (19-ball 34*) and Ashley Nurse (12-ball 21) played entertaining cameos but Barbados could only manage 166/6 in their 20 overs.
After the start was delayed for 30 minutes due to the wet outfield, Barbados seamers Holder and Kyle Mayers didn't allow Lendl Simmons and Sunil Narine to play their natural game. The two seamers didn't bowl anything on their radar as the two openers could only score two runs in the first two overs. Having scored two fifties in the first two games, Narine struggled to get going and could only get off the mark in the fifth over.
Simmons took it upon himself to get the scoreboard moving and finally broke the shackles by smashing two boundaries in the space of four deliveries. He then hammered Holder for a maximum over deep square leg and just when he was starting to get a move on, the right-handed opener mistimed a pull straight into the hands of the mid-on fielder. Simmons scored a run-a-ball 21 before falling to Holder in the fifth over.
Trinbago were 27/1 in five overs and were in a desperate need for some quick runs, and that's when Munro put his hand up. The left-hander from New Zealand didn't waste any time and went after Mayers in the final over of the powerplay, smacking him for three fours and a six. With two left-handers at the crease, skipper Holder got Nurse (1/20) into the attack and the offspinner kept it tight and gave nothing away in his first three overs.
Munro greeted Rashid Khan with a six but Narine continued to struggle. The opener could only score 8 off 16 before he was knocked over by Raymon Reifer in the ninth over. Munro however kept the attack going and completed his half-century in the 13th over. Munro smashed Nurse for consecutive boundaries in his last over but the offspinner had his revenge in the same over. Munro hit seven fours and two sixes before miscuing one to deep mid-wicket.
Coming in at No. 5, Pollard had no other option but to start attacking from the word go. Rashid didn't look at his usual best and struggled to get his line and length right and Darren made the most of it. The stylish left-hander was 18 off 22 at one stage but he managed to turn things around in the 17th over when Mitchell Santner was introduced into the attack for the first time. In his next 14 deliveries, Darren slammed 36 runs.
Darren welcomed him with a four and six before Pollard tonked the final delivery of the over for a one-handed six. Trinbago accumulated 19 from that over and kept building on that momentum. The runs kept flowing as Barbados bowlers looked clueless against Darren and Pollard. The two then smashed Reifer for 20 in the 18th over before clobbering 30 more in the final two. In the process, Darren also went past 3000 runs in T2O cricket. A total of four fours and six maximums were hit in the last four overs as Trinbago posted the highest total of the CPL 2020.
In reply, Charles came out all guns blazing and didn't allow any Trinbago bowlers, except Narine, to settle in. The dynamic right-handed opener thumped 46 in the powerplay, with all of his runs coming through the leg side. Meanwhile, Shai Hope ensured Charles had most of the strike in the first six overs, in which Barbados managed 59 runs. Narine only conceded seven in his first two overs, while the remaining four overs of the powerplay went for 53, with Jayden Seales being taken out for 20 in just one over.
Charles got to his 13th CPL fifty in the eighth over but with not much coming from the end, the right-hander had to keep playing his shots and that eventually led to his downfall. After blasting four fours and three sixes, Charles was knocked over by legspinner Fawad Ahmed in the eighth over. Corey Anderson (2) and Mayers (1) couldn't contribute much as Barbados lost three wickets in the space of seven runs. Barbados missed a trick by not sending Rashid up the order as the lack of power-hitters in the middle-order hurt them.
Both Hope and Jonathan Carter couldn't find boundaries as the required run-rate went over 14 by the end of 14 overs. Carter's misery came to an end in the 15th over when paceman Ali Khan knocked him over for a 13-ball 8. The pressure kept building on Barbados as the equation came down 76 off 30 deliveries. Meanwhile, Narine made things even more difficult for Barbados by giving away just 17 off his four overs. In his final over, the offspinner also got rid of Hope who made 36 off 38.
With 54 needed off 12 deliveries, Holder smoked Dwayne Bravo for 19 runs in the penultimate over. Both Holder and Nurse tried their best but the match was almost over by the time they arrived at the crease.
Trinbago will next play St Lucia Zouks on Wednesday, while Barbados will take on St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Tuesday.