Colin Munro and Dwayne Bravo were the stars in Trinbago Knight Riders’ thrilling last-ball win over the Jamaica Tallawahs in their Caribbean Premier League (CPL) clash in Florida on Sunday.
With three runs needed off the last ball, Knight Riders’ Javon Searles smashed Oshane Thomas for a boundary over extra-cover to pull off a dramatic four-wicket win for his side.
Earlier, New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips (80) and South Africa’s David Miller (72) combined together to help the Tallawahs post 182-5 in their 20 overs after they were made to bat first Dwayne Bravo.
The two half-centurions helped resurrect a floundering Tallawahs innings as the side went on to score 124 runs off the final 10 overs.
In reply, the Knight Riders got off to a horror start with openers Sunil Narine (0) and Chris Lynn (2) dismissed inside 13 deliveries. Brendon McCullum (8) soon fell before his New Zealand compatriot Munro (67) stitched a 107-run stand for the fourth wicket with Darren Bravo (50).
It was Dwayne Bravo’s cameo though, which ultimately helped the Knight Riders reach the finish line. The Knight Riders skipper smashed 36 runs off just 11 deliveries with the help of five towering sixes before Searles scored the winning runs off the final delivery.
This was the Knight Riders’ third victory in five matches and has propelled them to second spot in the table behind Guyana Amazon Warriors. The Jamaica Tallawahs dropped down to third spot on the basis of net run-rate although they have the same number of wins in five matches as the Knight Riders.
Jamaica Tallawahs: 182-5 (20 overs)
Glenn Phillips: 80 (55)
David Miller: 72 (34)
Trinbago Knight Riders: 184-6 (20 overs)
Colin Munro: 67 (51)
Darren Bravo: 50 (35)
Imad Wasim: 2-17 (four overs)
Following his sensational spell of bowling at Trent Bridge in on Sunday which yielded five wickets in just 29 balls, Hardik Pandya has hit back at his critics.
The 24-year-old India all-rounder has come in for criticism in recent weeks with many questioning his role in the side.
Pandya’s maiden five-wicket haul helped India bowled out England for just 161 in their first innings in the third Test with the visitors now well placed to push for a win.
“First of all, I don’t play for them (critics). They are getting paid for saying things which I don’t want to know about and I don’t even care what they say. I play for my country. I don’t care what they say. It’s their job to say it and it’s my job to play for my country. I’m doing the right thing. My team is happy with me. Nothing else matters,” Pandya said.
West Indies great and commentator Michal Holding had earlier said that Pandya was nowhere near the ilk of former India all-rounder Kapil Dev.
“I heard a mention, when I was working in South Africa: ‘he is the next Kapil Dev’. I ain’t going to tell anybody he’s not going to be the next Kapil Dev, but he is nowhere near there yet,” Holding told ESPNCricinfo.
Pandya has insisted that he does not want to be compared to the India legend.
“The problem is this what happens is they compare, fine. But all of a sudden when something goes wrong they say, ‘He is not that’.
“I never wanted to be Kapil Dev. Let me be Hardik Pandya, I’m good at being Hardik Pandya. I’ve come so far — playing 40 ODIs and 10 Tests — being Hardik and not Kapil Dev.
“He was great in his era. Let me be Hardik Pandya. Stop comparing me with anyone. I’ll be happy if you don’t,” the all-rounder said.
The India deputy skipper’s knock of 81 was one of the highlights from the visitors’ first innings total of 329.
The middle-order batsman’s 159-run for the fourth wicket along with captain Virat Kohli (97) was responsible for resurrecting India’s innings after three wickets had fell in quick succession.
“After the last Test match I sat down in the dressing room and analysed all my good innings, how I played them, what was my mindset, how I approached those innings,” Rahane told bcci.tv.
“Success and failures are there as a professional cricketer but the intent has to be there. And if the mindset and attitude is right results will automatically follow.
“Definitely, I was not getting too bogged down after the first Two Tests. The belief was that if the ball was there hit I will hit. Thinking too much about the end result put pressure. The aim was to play one ball at a time and play it on merit.”
The right-handed batsman had only managed to score a total of 48 runs in the first two Tests which ended in defeats for India. Following his gritty innings of 81, India batting coach Sanjay Bangar credited head coach Ravi Shastri for the improvement in Rahane’s confidence.
“Ravi (Shastri) coming out and saying that he is still the pillar of Indian batting might have done a whole lot of good for his confidence,” Bangar told the Times of India after the first day’s play.