CPL 2021 : Kieron Pollard blitz helps TKR seal top spot.

A rankling fifty from captain Kieron Pollard helped reigning champs Trinbago Knight Riders finish the association phase of CPL 2021 on top of the table. Pollard hit a 22-ball 51 in his side’s last association game against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to assist them with fixing a four-wicket win and set up an elimination round conflict against St Lucia Kings.

Pursuing 148, Knight Riders got going in quiet style, scoring just 14 runs from the initial three overs in the powerplay. Lendl Simmons then, at that point broke free and took on Paul van Meekeren to bring three limits in the fourth finished. SKNP actually stayed in charge of the procedures in the powerplay as Naseem Shah eliminated Simmons and Denesh Ramdin was battling at the opposite end, batting on 9 off 16. Ramdin at long last broke the shackles with a limit off a free-hit yet his wretchedness was finished in the accompanying over by Fawad Ahmed.

Colin Munro then, at that point lost his off stump two balls later, and at that stage, triumph looked fantastical for the batting side as they required 96 from 65. Be that as it may, Pollard flagged his goals from the word go and crushed his initial two conveyances for sixes. Jon-Russ Jaggesar was expected for greater discipline in his after over as Pollard smacked him for three additional sixes and a four to bring 23 runs off the twelfth over that switched things around.

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The condition was brought down to 51 off 48 after that attack and from subsequently, there was just a single champ. Pollard left following scoring his fifty yet regardless of a couple of hiccups toward the end, TKR got through with an over to save. Prior in the evening, SKNP were managed a blow early when Ravi Rampaul represented the enormous wicket of Chris Gayle. Despite the fact that the wicket didn’t prevent the batting side with Joshua Da Silva and Jonathan Carter taking advantage of the powerplay, TKR pulled things ease yielding just 19 runs off the following four overs.

The run rate got destroyed in the center overs with both Silva and Sherfane Rutherford attempting to uphold the speed. Silva at last succumbed to a 45-ball 50 and Rutherford excessively withdrew for a unique 28-ball 25. TKR continued striking at standard stretches to hold the run rate in line as Ali Khan thumped the wood twice in an over. At the point when Dwayne Bravo struck a few sixes in the seventeenth over, SKNP were bound for a complete more than 160. In any case, they oversaw only 16 runs in the last three overs which in the end brought about their defeat.

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Brief scores: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 147/7 in 20 overs (Joshua Da Silva 50, Dwayne Bravo 25; Ali Khan 3-19) lost to Trinbago Knight Riders 150/6 in 19 overs (Kieron Pollard 51, Isuru Udana 25*; Fawad Ahmed 2-16) by 4 wickets

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