low full toss, sliced out to third man for one
Thanks for joining me, Ranjith, Thilak and Sreshth today, and remember to check out Sreshth's report. Tune in later tonight when PDP and Danyal will be here to bring you coverage of Guyana v St Lucia - whoever wins that will put themselves in the box seat to join TKR in the semis.
Here are the captains. Rayad Emrit: "I'm lost for words. We've seen why TKR have been so dominant and why we are where we are. We couldn't get anything right. They totally outplayed us in all departments. [Imran Khan?] I still think it was the right choice at that moment. We had certain plans against certain batters. Our bowlers didn't execute when we wanted them to. [Happy with approach in chase?] Of course not. It's been hard work for all the batters but nobody has put their hand up. We've had two fifties in the whole tournament. We're just not executing. As a leader I can only do so much."
DJ Bravo: "I'm very happy. To see the likes of Tambe come in, Akeal, Khary - we won the game when we dominated in the PP with the ball. Lendl's innings started very slow but the partnership between him and Darren laid the foundation. Anything above 160 is always good. As a batter, once you've made runs you'll feel confident. The team supports Lendl 100% regardless of his form. As a team, we don't let him feel that pressure. That will only do well for his confidence. He showed his class today. I think everyone is happy for each other's success. We encourage players to play with the right attitude and intensity. Every time we play a cricket game we have to learn. We had four changes today, but you wouldn't think we had any changes. We haven't won the tournament but I think all TKR fans would be happy with the cricket that we're playing."
Lendl Simmons is POTM. "I've been struggling for the past couple of games. I didn't get the start to the tournament I wanted but the team was winning. [Pitch?] At first you need to give yourself a chance and get in. That's what I did, then I blasted off at the back end. I bat well with Bravo and Pollard, we grew up batting together so I'm accustomed batting to these guys. I'd had three 90s in CPL so far. I thought in the last over I'd get a boundary but it didn't happen. DJ said: congrats, your form is coming back. It augurs well for the team that I'm finding some form, with Narine to come back into the team. We're unbeaten so far. Today we didn't play our best XI but it just goes to show the men on the bench are as good as the best XI."
2.12pm: And that completes one of the most comprehensive T20 wins you're likely to see. Patriots are a complete mess, and that pretty much seals their fate for the season. TKR rested Pollard and Narine and lost Munro early to a blow on the hand, and yet still took the two points without really getting out of second gear. Chris Lynn's innings was painful viewing in the run chase, and Rayad Emrit's decision not to give his legspinner Imran Khan a single over was frankly bizarre. For TKR, Simmons made his first half-century of the tournament and eventually fell for 96, while the spinners did the heavy lifting in the chase, ensuring the rate soared early on. Good stuff from Pravin Tambe, the 48-year-old Indian legspinner, while there were wickets for Raza (x3), Pierre, Hosein and Bravo.
61 off 1...
quick offcutter in the channel, straight through Imran
clears the front leg this time, clubbing out to Raza at long-off on the bounce
Isaac Marshall: "It boggles my mind that Emrit didn't even give Imran an over. The guy is in the form of his life on a pitch like this."
sets himself deep in his crease, clubbing this over midwicket for six! Doesn't count for much but that's a sweet blow, heaving it over the rope
wide outside off, heaved out to deep point
Ryan: "Edge of my seat for this final over!!" -- You and me both. Nail-biter.
full outside off, Imran flashes at it but can't get bat on ball
Anderson Phillip returns, looking for a couple of cheap wickets
Last over coming up, and just the 69 runs required.
turns the other way, nudged out to point where Tambe misfields
"Ohhhh Raza! Yes boy!" cries Seifert
fired in quicker on a length, nudged back
heaved out towards deep midwicket, falling safely between the man at cow corner and the boundary-rider at long-on
chipped out into the leg side for a jogged single
tossed up, wristy whip out to midwicket for a couple
clipped out to wide long-on
Raza to bowl the 19th.
tossed up outside off, Khan lunges forward looking to drive and can't get bat on it. Seifert whips the bails off against but his back foot was down
Imran Khan. A specialist No. 9 today. Three slips!
hung very wide again, so wide that Alzarri can't reach it as he comes down the track, and Seifert whips off the bails. Hosein runs out to his best mate Khary Pierre in celebration, TKR closing in
jumps across towards the off side, Hosein hangs it wide again and Joseph swings and misses
wide outside off again, carved straight to cover in the ring
too wide this time
very wide of the off stump, slapped out to long-off
sharp turn as he hangs this outside off. Swing and a miss
punched out to the man sweeping in the covers
Hosein. "Go on Akeal," urges Seifert
Abhishek: "A dozen maximums will do nicely for the Patriots here..." -- Would still need 9 off the last 6!
Cameron: "Correct me if I'm wrong, but Patriots came in with 6 bowlers, none of which really has high finishing potential? They put everything onto Lynn and Lewis to fire today" -- They are a complete mess. Imran Khan not bowling a single over summed them up.