TkR win


Trinbago Knight Riders raced away to their third win on the bounce as their spin troika tied down bottom-placed Barbados Royals for just 93 for 9 in 20 overs. The Knight Riders lost two early wickets in the PowerPlay but Colin Munro ended any plans of a second-half resurrection for the Royals. The Knight Riders lost four wickets but Munro remained unbeaten on 41 off 47 to see his side through.

Johnson Charles and Kyle Mayers made a flying start for the Royals after Kieron Pollard asked them to bat first. But after four fours in two overs, the opening stand was breached by the left-arm spin of Kharry Pierre, sending Mayers back for 24 off 12 balls. Pierre then had Smit Patel nicking him to Lendl Simmons at slip for a six-ball duck as the Royals stumbled a bit.

Charles looked to kick on after dragging the team to 36 for 3 in six overs but was undone by Jayden Seales’s searing pace in the eighth over. Pierre returned to make another incision into the Royals’ line-up, cleaning up Glenn Phillip with a tossed up delivery to finish with a spell of 3 for 16 in his four overs. The Royals had no real respite even then as Sunil Narine and Akeal Hosein stepped in to cause more batting woes against spin.

Hosein picked two wickets in a single over to leave the Royals reeling at 59 for 7. Azam Khan and Joshua Bishop dragged the side ahead in the hope of getting to three figures but that wasn’t possible. Narine cleaned up Azam for a 21-ball 17, after which Ravi Rampaul bowled an exceptional penultimate over consisting of five dots and a single run. Seales was tight in the final over too, conceding just one boundary and dismissing Jake Lintott. Barbados Royals finished with a paltry 93 for 9.

Mohammad Amir raised early hopes of an incredible defense with the wicket of Simmons on the first ball. He had Tion Webster caught at mid-on off a slower ball to make the Knight Riders a bit queasy in the chase. But up stepped Munro to ease those worries with a steady hand in the company of Darren Bravo. The pair added 39 off 49 balls, without having scoreboard pressure in a small chase.

Bishop aimed to contribute with the ball too, breaking the third wicket stand by snuffing out Bravo and ending Tim Seifert’s stay too. But it came too little too late as Hosein sealed it with two successive sixes in the 17th over to hand Royals their sixth defeat of the season.