Munro half-century takes TKR top, keeps Amazon Warriors winless

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — New Zealander Colin Munro blasted his second half-century in four outings as Tribago Knight Riders kept Guyana Amazon Warriors winless with a seven-wicket victory in their Caribbean Premier League contest here Friday night.

Set 157 for victory at Queen's Park Oval, TKR coasted to their target off 19 overs with Man-of-the-Match Munro slapping an unbeaten 70 and former West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin getting an unbeaten 42.

Sunil Narine, better known for his mesmerising off-spin, once again entertained with 23 in the opening slot.

Earlier, Amazon Warriors tallied 156 for seven of their 20 overs after being sent in, with opener Chadwick Walton top-scoring with 36 and his partner and captain, New Zealander Martin Guptill, scoring 24.

Once again, Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan wreaked havoc with four for 28, while Narine chipped in with two for 16.

The victory took TKR top of the standings on six points, while ensuring Amazon Warriors lost their third straight to stay fifth in the six-team standings without a point.

Amazon Warriors, looking to break their losing streak, were handed a fairly solid start by Walton and Guptill, who put on 40 off 19 balls.

Walton faced 23 balls and clobbered a four and four sixes, while Guptill struck a pair of fours and sixes in a 14-ball cameo.

Once Guptill holed out to Khary Pierre at long on off Shadab, however, Amazon Warriors lost wickets steadily to decline to 97 for five in the 13th over, before Roshon Primus (23) and Sohail Tanvir (11) added 34 for the sixth to rally the innings.

TKR then had the worst possible start to their run chase when New Zealand star Brendon McCullum perished to a catch at point by Gajanand Singh off seamer Sohail Tanvir.

But Munro stepped up, punching five fours and five sixes off 47 balls, as he anchored two half-century stands to see TKR to victory.

He put on 79 for the second wicket with Narine, whose 22-ball knock included a four and a six before adding a further 56 in an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership with Ramdin, who struck three fours and three sixes in a fluent 23-ball innings.

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