leg-stump half-volley drilled past Brathwaite and Simmons at the non-striker's end through mid-on to the rope to end the match. TKR seal one of the most lopsided semis in CPL history by nine wickets with 30 balls to spare.
That's it from us for the first semi-final at Brian Lara Academy. Check out the report from Sreshth Shah. Come back in about four hours for coverage of the second semi-final scheduled for 5.30 pm local time between Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Lucia Zouks as Danyal Rasool arrives to be my tag team partner once more. For Sreshth, I'm Peter Della Penna. Take care!
TKR captain Kieron Pollard: "Getting this far now, there's still a big picture which is on Thursday. We have to keep it level, enjoy our victory as we've been doing all tournament but still come back Thursday and play a better game than we did today. When you look at their lineup, it's all batsmen who like the ball coming onto the bat. The pitches here in the Caribbean these days give natural variations and they have to manufacture shots. Hence the reason why you saw 16 overs of spin bowling today. Sometimes you need to just sit back and watch these guys. Akeal has been around a very long time. It's good to see these guys using their talent and coming onto the international scene and showing the world what they can do. Coming into this tournament, he didn't start the tournament and he was dejected, but knowing fully well what his role was going to be. He has come in and taken his opportunity and continues each and every game to improve. We haven't seen the other side of him. I think he's a better batsman than a bowler. We have come here and played fantastic cricket throughout the tournament and we need the cherry on top of it. Looking around the dressing room, you don't see overconfidence. You see guys who want to improve each and every time out."
Tallawahs captain Rovman Powell: "[On the impact of the toss] Probably if I won the toss I would have batted also. It's just that we lost four wickets in the Powerplay. The stats show that when you lose four wickets in the Powerplay, it generally ends in defeat. It was a lot of inconsistent cricket. The batters didn't stand up all season. We asked our international batters to bat most of the overs and we just didn't do that. I wouldn't change a lot. The batters just didn't come to the party. Our bowlers handled ourselves very well. Two international spinners handled us very well in the middle overs and even when we started. The pace bowlers were good. The fielding was a little bit off here and there but it was a problem of the batters not scoring enough runs. It's good to see Fidel Edwards back firing and Andre Russell back fit and we wish him the best going off to the IPL."
Akeal Hosein named Man of the Match for his 3 for 14: "It's a great feeling just to be out there to be able to give 100% for my team and be able to perform as well as I did today. It was fun to bowl on. I was getting the ball to swing and spin. I've been sitting in my room telling myself I've been doing pretty decent so far and all I needed was a Man of the Match performance and I'm really glad that I can do that today. [On coming out of the Laventille area south of Port of Spain] A lot of negative things have been said about that particular area. I'm going to say it's the most pleasant area but it just goes to show that there are people who can come out of that area and do well for themselves. I hope that they can reach out and still give a hand and help these people in these sort of areas."
12.55 pm Clinical, disciplined and merciless in the second innings chase just as they were with the ball. The Trinbago Knight Riders juggernaut cannot be stopped in 2020. Tallawahs season ends with a whimper, five-match winless streak and this was the most lifeless display of that stretch. The match really was not what you expect out of a semi-final, one-sided literally from beginning to end. The Knight Riders now await the winner of the second semi-final between Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Lucia Zouks, beginning in four and a half hours from now.
slower ball lands short outside off, slapped with disdain high over mid-off and bounces away. Scores level.
length ball into the legs, flicks this straight to short fine leg.
bouncer wide outside off, called a wide. Could've been given for height or line.
back of a length ball on off stump, defended to cover.
short on the body, laces a fierce pull along the ground to deep square leg.
sizzling drive to bring up his half-century off 43 balls! Good length ball on fifth stump, goes back and across to punch this on the up through extra cover and it dances away to the rope.
Brathwaite into the attack for the first time today.
googly lands short outside off, goes back to play with soft hands through point for another single.
full again and wide outside off, pushed into the covers.
glorious lofted cover drive. Generous flight and generous width landing full on seventh stump, carves this in the air over extra cover and it bounces away to the rope.
full and wide, driven firmly to the sweeper.
good length ball lands wide outside off, can't prod this away.
floats this full on sixth stump, Simmons goes to paddle sweep but mistimes this straight into the ground.
Lamichhane back for his final over. Slip in.
slower ball lands on a good length on the legs, goes back to tap this to deep fine leg.
full on the legs, flicks this behind square and cut off at the rope with a diving stop.
bouncer again over middle, Simmons backs away and misses a pull.
full, almost yorker length on off, digs it out to midwicket.
slower ball angled down leg, wide.
short on the body follows Simmons backing away, goes to pull and top edges this fine over the keeper, it sails all the way over the rope by 5 yards.
full and wide, backs away from leg to drive for cover but is beaten by pace.
Slight delay as Simmons is sucking wind with his helmet off between overs. It's hot, even for the local batsmen, has been all tourney.
|Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad|
|Toss||Trinbago Knight Riders, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Trinbago Knight Riders advanced|
|Hours of play (local time)||10.00 start, First Session 10.00-11.30, Interval 11.30-11.50, Second Session 11.50-13.20|
|Match days||08 September 2020 - day (20-over match)|