Sunil Narine during his Player of the Match performance at the Queen’s Park Oval on Wednesday evening.
By Prior Beharry
THE sold-out crowd at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain on Wednesday evening got their monies worth as the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) ended their three-game losing streak with a 26-run victory over the Amazon Warriors.
Sunil Narine’s all-round performance of 26 runs from 20 balls, batting at number six again, and taking two wickets for nine runs from his four overs, earned him Player of the Match.
Warriors skipper Shimron Hetmyer won the toss and elected to field with 21-year-old off-break bowler Junior Sinclair making his debut.
The decision immediately paid dividends with Romario Shepherd getting Tion Webster LBW for a first-ball duck.
Nicholas Pooran who opened again like the previous night against the Barbados Royals mustered 15 from seven balls that included two fours and a six all off Shepherd who had the last laugh. Pooran then edged a wide delivery to keeper Heinrich Klaasen.
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Colin Munro top scored with a patient 42 from 37 balls that included five boundaries.
Narine, giving up the opening role for the second time in as many matches, made 26 with captain Kieron Pollard getting to 16 before he was bowled by the pick of the Warriors bowlers – Tabraiz Shamsi. The South African ended with figures of four for 36 from his four overs.
When it was Guyana’s turn, Paul Stirling, a late replacement for Shai Hope, didn’t trouble the scorers being caught by Andre Russell who made no mistake this time as he did 24 hours earlier having dropped Rahkeem Cornwall in the first over when TKR lost to the Royals.
Hetmyer held out to Daryn Dupavillon at Third Man off the bowling of Russell. When he left the equation was 70 runs from 61 balls for Guyana.
Keemo Paul was gone for a golden duck, trying to hit Akeal Hosein in the first ball of his second over. Hosein returned from injury and in the wake of making the West Indies World Cup squad said after the games he was not yet 100% fit, but managed three scalps of the Warriors. Russell also took three wickets.
In the end, the Warriors were bowled for 124 chasing TKR’s score of 150 – their highest in the competition thus far.
The win means that TKR moves to fourth on the table with five points from the cellar position.
The Warriors now go to the bottom but have only played five games compared to the rest of the teams with six with the exception of St Kitts and Nevis Patriots who have been on the field seven times.
Trinbago Knight Riders 150/8 (Munro 42, Seifert 27; Shamsi 4/36, Shepherd 3/22) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 124 all out (Hemraj 28, Hetmyer 20; Russell 3/16, Hosein 3/36) by 26 runs.
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