CPL 2018: Munro shines again for Knight Riders in 67-run thrashing of Warriors
Colin Munro went past 400 runs this season (Getty Images)

Colin Munro was once again at his belligerent best, setting the platform for Trinbago Knight Riders’ 67-run hammering of Guyana Amazon Warriors. Munro’s 56-ball 90, and a 36 from Denesh Ramdin forged a 135-run partnership that got the defending champions to 170, a target that in the end would prove plenty. What followed was an inspiring show from Knight Riders’ bowlers, as their combined effort shot the Warriors out for 103.

The win helped the Knight Riders reclaim the No. 1 spot, while Warriors net run-rate took a hit to have them placed at three.

The Warriors after winning the toss sent Knight Riders in to bat. They were jolted an early setback when Chris Lynn was out fifth ball of the match for nought. But from there onward, Munro and Ramdin accumulated runs at ease. Munro, as always, was the aggressor, tonking 10 boundaries and four sixes, while the West Indian wicketkeeper was happy playing second fiddle.

Promoted to open the batting, Munro became the first player this season to go past 400 runs and leads Kieron Pollard by over 100 runs in the list. This was his fifth half-century in eight matches. Ramdin, promoted to No. 3, which is usually Munro’s slot, struck four boundaries and one six, and rotated the strike well to give Munro maximum deliveries. From 136/1 in the 16th over, the stage was set for what at one point looked like a total nearing 200, if not in excess, but the wicket of Ramdin resulted in a derailment of progress.

The middle order failed to take advantage. The next five batsmen – Brendon McCullum, Darren Bravo, Javon Searles and Sunil Narine – fell in quick succession, with only captain Dwayne Bravo’s unbeaten 12 off six getting them a reasonable total to defend. Sohail Tanvir, wicket wickets of Lynn, Searles and Narine, was the pick of the Warriors’ bowlers, finishing with 3/27.

The Warriors chase was a far cry from that of a team having already qualified for the Playoffs. Ali Khan generated some serious pace and broke the back of Warriors’ batting, sending back Luke Ronchi and Shimron Hetmyer in his first spell. He later returned to snuff out Imran Tahir to finish with 3/22, as no one except Jason Mohammed and Roshon Primus, could hang around. The Warriors lost four wickets inside the Powerplay and went on to lose more at regular intervals which severely dented their progress. Primus’ unbeaten 36 off 30 ensured that that Warriors jaywalked their way past the 100-run mark.

With three league matches left, two of which feature the Knight Riders, skipper Bravo underlined the importance of the win.

“These two points are important. Top of the table clash. We wanted to play good cricket and entertain the fans. We didn’t get runs at the end, but they bowled well and we had a good partnership up front. 170 was a good total. We wanted to secure a place in the top two. Colin is a world-class player and he has a lot of hunger for runs, he has been the best overseas player this season,” he said.

Munro was the obvious choice for the Man-of-the-Match award.

Good to get a bit of confidence that you have done well against an opposition – talking about his run against Guyana. They bowled in my areas and I was lucky enough tonight. I don’t take much of risks against the wrists spinners, I know I can make up against the other bowlers. It’s nice to bat up the order when the ball is hard and new,” said the New Zealander.

Brief scores: Trinbago Knight Riders 170/7 (Colin Munro 90; Sohail Tanvir 3-27) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 103 (Roshon Primus 36; Ali Khan 3-22) by 67 runs.