Sunil Narine and Rashid Khan lead their teams to Victory in the Opening Matches of CPL 2020

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Sunil Narine and Rashid Khan lead their teams to Victory in the Opening Matches of CPL 2020

The heroes of CPL 2020 start with a bang

Wednesday, 19th August 2020

After a forced hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, T20 cricket was back with plenty of action as cricketing stars showcased brilliant all-round performances on the opening day of the Hero Caribbean Premier League.


Sunil Narine and Rashid Khan were in top form as they gave quick fire performances that meant a winning start for their individual teams.


The weather looked like a dampener and delayed the match between Trinbago Knight Riders and Guyana Amazon Warriors, but it soon cleared up and made way for the action to kick start at the Brian Lara Stadium.


Although the stadium missed it usual crowd because of the pandemic, there was no dearth of action as Guyana Amazon Warriors got thrashed by Trinbago Knight Riders by 4 wickets in a 17-overs-per-side match giving the winning team a 2-point headway in the campaign.


After TKR captain Kieron Pollard won the toss and opted to field, mystery spinner Sunil Narine got into action with the new ball. Pakistani fast bowler Ali Khan gave a team a breakthrough as early as the first over when he got Brandon King out for 0. Narine soon followed by picking up the wicket of Chandrapaul Hemraj in the fourth over.


Narine again showed his magic when he snapped a 50-run partnership between Shimorn Hetmyer and Ross Taylor by getting the wicket of the New Zealand batsman for 33 in the tenth over.


He then went on to open the batting for his team with Lendl Simmons with a target of 145 runs. He got a slamming 50 from just 28 balls with 4 sixes and 2 boundaries before he was finally taken down by Imran Tahir.


The Barbados Tridents team saw a stellar performance by Rashid Khan who alongside Mitchell Santner made some crucial runs for the team as Khan got 26 from 20 balls, Santner made 20 off 18 balls.


Rashid also got the wickets of Denesh Ramdin and Jahmar Hamilton and stalled precious runs by giving away just 27 runs to the opposite team.



Source: Indian Express

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