GROS ISLET, St Lucia—Trinbago Knight Riders slumped to their second defeat in three outings after their batting suffered yet another meltdown in pursuit of a gettable target against Jamaica Tallawahs, yesterday.
Asked to chase only 154 at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, TKR limped to 119 for eight from their 20 overs to go down by 34 runs, with only New Zealander Colin Munro passing 20 with a top score of 29 from 30 balls.
Their new big-hitting acquisition, all-rounder Andre Russell managed only 17 while feared captain Kieron Pollard was dismissed cheaply for six.
The defeat left the multiple-time champions fourth in the table on three points, above last year’s losing finalists on two points and Guyana Amazon Warriors on a single point.
West Indies star Rovman Powell’s 67 from 49 deliveries had earlier lifted Tallawahs to 153 for seven from their 20 overs after they were sent in.
The Trinbago Knight Riders won the toss and chose to field, Ravi Rampaul made early inroads by removing both openers, Brandon King and Kennar Lewis in the PowerPlay, and were struggling to score runs in the first ten overs before Powell combined with Raymon Reifer in a 90 run partnership stand to aid their side. However, Tallawahs captain Powell would lead by example, hitting ten boundaries in his innings of 67 to take his side to 153/7 after 20 overs.
The right-hander lashed half-dozen fours and four sixes, putting on a precious 95 for the fourth wicket with all-rounder Raymon Reifer (28), after Tallawahs found themselves in a hole at 31 for three at the start of the seventh over.
Reifer played the supporting role, counting four fours in a 26-ball knock before falling in the 17th over and Powell followed at the start of the next over, after completing a 42-ball fifty.
Veteran seamer Ravi Rampaul was TKR’s best bowler with three for 40 despite Powell taking 21 runs off the 17th over bowled by him, while off-spinner Sunil Narine in four overs which cost 11 runs and yielded two wickets.
Trinbago Knight Riders once again utilised Narine at the top of the order but he was bowled in the first over by Mohammad Amir (2-15) with one run on the board.
Munro tried to repair the innings in a 25-run second wicket stand with Tion Webster (5) before holing out in the deep in the 10th over after hitting one four and two sixes and his countryman Tim Seifert (15) put on 21 for the fourth with left-handed Nicholas Pooran (13) before Amir struck again to remove him following at the end of the 12th over as the Knight Riders were unable to build any partnerships, with Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell also falling. In the end, they scored 119/8, falling 34 runs short of their target.
There was a clatter of wickets thereafter as left-arm spinner Imad Wasim (2-20) struck telling blows at the back end. (CMC)