CPL: Knight Riders continue winning streak
Opener Lendl Simmons blasted a 63-ball 96 as Trinbago Knight Riders put their might on display yet again, outplaying St Kitts & Nevis Patriots by 59 runs to secure their eighth successive win in the Hero Caribbean Premier League here.
In the other match, Guyana Amazon Warriors crushed St Lucia Zouks by seven wickets to jump to the second place in the points table.
With Knight Riders resting their star players Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine, Simmons got into the act and smashed seven fours and six sixes to single-handedly power the team to 174 for 4. Darren Bravo (36) was the only other batsman to reach double figures.
TKR lost opener Amir Jangoo (6) early and Colin Munro (9) was retired hurt after being hit on the hand with the total on 29.
Knight Riders were then carried through by Simmons (96) and Bravo (36) as they put on 130 runs.
Simmons was severe on all bowlers even though Jon-Russ Jaggesar and Dominic Drakes managed to keep the Knight Riders boundary-less between the Powerplay and halfway drinks when they were 68 for one.
Bravo ended the 35-ball streak without a boundary. Simmons too broke free, pulling Rayad Emrit for another six, before bringing up 50 off 42 balls with a single. That set the stage for a dash as the Knight Riders were 125 for 1.
Bravo also hit Drakes for six, bringing up the 100 partnership off just 66 balls.
Simmons pulled another six and Bravo smashed a four through extra-cover, making the 16th over highly productive.
Alzarri Joseph started the 18th well but Simmons bludgeoned two sixes to get into the 90s and the team past 150.
Sheldon Cottrell finally got Bravo in the 19th over and Drakes got two wickets in two balls in 20th when Simmons, four short of a century, pulled to Cottrell and Tim Seifert’s edge was well caught by Lynn.
Raza survived the hat-trick ball and stand-in captain Dwayne Bravo smashed a six off the last ball to take the total to 174.
Defending the total, Khary Pierre dismissed dangerous Evin Lewis (5) – caught by the 48-year-old Pravin Tambe for an athletic catch.
Chris Lynn (34) and Joshua da Silva (29) each hit a six off Pierre, with the latter also sweeping him for four, but even an over of 18 only took the Patriots to 34 for one after six overs.
Tambe and Anderson Phillip then tightened the screws as the Patriots needed almost 12 an over at the halfway mark.
Tambe bowled four overs for 12 and took one wicket, making it an uphill task for Patriots. Raza returned with figures of three for 8 as Patriots could manage only 115 for seven.