DUMINY FIFTY, WALSH FIVE-FER DOWNS DEFENDING CHAMPIONS
Sun, 29th, Sep 2019
Duminy put in a performance of a lifetime, the fastest ever fifty in CPL history, two late wickets and a stunning catch earned the South Africa a much deserved Man of the match award against the defending champions TKR. Duminy’s all-round master class was matched by young American Hayden Walsh, who picked three wickets in four balls, finishing the match with 5/19, the best bowling performance in CPL 2019.
Barbados Tridents chose to bat after winning the toss and got off to a big start. Jonathan Carter, promoted to open ahead of English opener Alex Hales, put together 110 with Johnson Charles for the first wicket, the second best by an opening pair this season and the only hundred-run partnership at the Kensington Oval this year.
Though Carter started slow, even conceding a maiden over to Sunil Narine, Charles was able to take over the scoring as he reached a half-century off just 33 balls. Once the pair reached 100 in 13 overs, Carter took the attack to the Knight Riders, smashing Narine for back-to-back fours to reach his maiden CPL half century.
Post the openers dismissals, the Knight Riders thought they were back in the game, but Duminy had just arrived to the party. Despite scoring just three runs in his first five, he was able to reach his fifty in just 15 balls. In the 18th over, he scored three sixes and boundary off Ali Khan. In the following over, Jimmy Neesham came into the war path of Duminy.
The South African blasted five boundaries in the first five balls, including two sixes. The Tridents collected 49-runs from the 18th and 19th over, and Captain Pollard came on to bowl the final over himself. The Windies all-rounder was able to pick Duminy, but not before he hurled a huge six off his first ball. By the end of the innings, the Tridents reached 192, their third score of over 190 in the CPL, and their first since the 2017 season.
The job was not yet done though. TKR got off to a blinder, courtesy Sunil Narine and Lendl Simmons who got them to 29/0 in just the first two overs. But Holder and Gurney came back well picking one opener each in consecutive overs.
Colin Munro also came out all guns blazing quickly racking up 23 off 13 balls, but it was JP Duminy who got the Tridents back in the game with a moment of brilliance. Munro lofted one towards mid-off, and Duminy came running from long-on to take a brilliant catch to reduce TKR to 69/3.
The American Hayden Walsh then sealed the game for the Tridents in the 11th over. First he picked Kieron Pollard and James Neesham off consecutive balls. Sri Lankan Seekkuge Prasanna kept off the hat-trick ball but was dismissed off the next ball, three wickets in four balls for Walsh.
His figures off 5/19 is the third best bowling figures in the whole of the CPL. Now Barbados Tridents have three bowlers in the best bowling in CPL list, Shakib al Hasan is at the top of the list, Raymon Reifer is at the fourth position with Walsh in the third position.
TKR were finally dismissed for 129 with 14 balls to spare. The Tridents won by 63 runs, TKR’s highest margin of defeat in terms of runs in five years and the Tridents fifth best in terms of runs in CPL history
Brief Scores: Barbados Tridents 192/5 in 20 overs (JP Duminy 65(20), Johnson Charles 58(39) beat Trinbago Knight Riders 129/10 in 17.4 overs (Hayden Walsh 5/19) by 63 runs.