CPL 2020 1st Semi-final: Trinbago Knight Riders storm into final as they beat Jamaica Tallawahs by 9 wickets

Trinbago Knight Riders have stormed into CPL 2020 final after beating Jamaica Tallawahs by 9 wickets in the first semi-final on Tuesday.

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Trinbago Knight Riders

The semi-final match between Trinbago Knight Riders and Jamaica Tallawahs ended in a one-sided affair as the former registered their eleventh consecutive win of the tournament on Tuesday. With the win, the Knight Riders have stormed into the finals, while Jamaica’s journey in the tournament has come to an end.

Jamaica Tallawahs looked no match to Trinbago Knight Riders, who just had plenty of resources to look up to. In pursuit of the 108-run total, Lendl Simmons and Tion Webster stitched a match-winning 97-run partnership for the second wicket. Simmons scored 54 runs off 44 balls, while Webster hammered 44 off 43 balls as the duo helped the side hand a comfortably nine wicket-victory over Tallawahs.

After putting on a low total on the board, Jamaica needed early wickets to put some pressure on Pollard and Co. Mujeeb Ur Rahman did get the early breakthrough in the form of Sunil Narine. However, Lendl Simmons and Tion Webster then steadied the ship and made sure they take the team home without any further breakthrough.

Jamaica Tallawahs managed 107 runs in 20 overs in the first innings

Earlier, Jamaica were off to a worst possible start as they lost their first four wickets for just 25 runs inside first 5 overs of the innings. Skipper Rovman Powell and N Bonner showed some fight but didn’t last too long. The fifth-wicket departed in the 12th over in the form of a well set N Bonner. He was the top scorer for the side in the game with 41 runs to his name.

Jamaica’s star, Andre Russell came at number seven but didn’t stay for too long either. He got out off Sunil Narine for just 2 runs. He was caught at slips, though, replays showed that the ball had hit the pads and not the bat.

Jamaica Tallahwahs, in the end, managed to score just 107 in 20 overs. Spinners bowled exceptionally well for the Knight Riders. Akeal Hosein was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets to his name. Khary Pierre took two, while Narine and Fawad Ahmed took one wicket apiece.

Pollard and Co. will now face the winners of second semi-final clash between the Warriors and Zouks, in the CPL 2020 final on 10th September 2020.

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