Akeal Hosein scalped three wickets while Lendl Simmons played an unbeaten knock of 54 runs as Trinbago Knight Riders defeated Jamaica Tallawahs by nine wickets in the first semi-final of the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020 at the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. Now, Trinbago Knight Riders will face the winners of the match between Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Lucia Zouks in the finals of CPL 2020 on Thursday, September 10.
Chasing 108, Trinbago Knight Riders lost the wicket of Sunil Narine (4) in the second over of the innings as he was clean bowled by Mujeeb Ur Rahman, reducing the side to 14/1.
Lendl Simmons and Tion Webster then got together at the crease for Trinbago Knight Riders and the duo put on 97 runs for the second wicket to keep the side on course for a victory.
In the end, Simmons and Webster remained unbeaten on 54 and 44 respectively to guide Trinbago Knight Riders to a win by nine wickets with 30 balls to spare.
Earlier, a spirited bowling performance helped Trinbago Knight Riders restrict Jamaica Tallawahs to just 107/7 in the allotted 20 overs.
Put in to bat first, Jamaica Tallawahs got off to a poor as the side was reduced to 25/4 inside the first five overs. Jermaine Blackwood (0), Glenn Phillips (2), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (0), and Asif Ali (4) all lost their wickets cheaply to put Tallawahs in a spot of bother.
Nkrumah Bonner and Rovman Powell put on a brief stand of 38 runs to pull the innings back for Tallahwahs, but their partnership was ended in the 12th over as Fawad Ahmed clean bowled Bonner (41), reducing Tallawahs to 63/5.
Big-hitting batsman Andre Russell (2) proved really unlucky in the 14th over as he was given a shocker by the on-field umpire on the bowling of Sunil Narine and as a result, he was sent back to the pavilion. He was given out caught at slip but the replays clearly showed that the ball came straight off the pad.
In the final overs, Trinbago Knight Riders were able to maintain tight line and length and as a result, Tallawahs were restricted to a total under the 110-run mark.
Brief Scores: Trinbago Knight Riders 111/1 (Lendl Simmons 54*, Tion Webster 44*, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 1-18) defeat Jamaica Tallawahs 107/7 (Nkrumah Bonner 41, Rovman Powell 33, Akeal Hosein 3-14) by nine wickets.
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