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Monday, April 9, 2018
Narine leaves troubles
behind in match-winning 50
KOLKATA—Sunil Narine cast aside the re-
cent troubles over his action to blast a sen-
sational half-century in a Man-of-the-Match
performance, as Kolkata Knight Riders
(KKR)stunned Royal Challengers Banga-
lore by four wickets in the Indian Premier
League (IPL), yesterday.
Opening the batting, the left-handed Trin-
idadian struck exactly 50 from 19 balls as
KKR chased down 177 to win with seven balls
at Eden Gardens.
Captain Dinesh Karthik finished with an
unbeaten 35 while Nitish Rana chipped in
with 34, to further drive a run chase that
wobbled at the start when marquee opener
Chris Lynn fell cheaply for five in the second
Narine, plagued with problems over his
action prior to the tournament, had earlier
produced a miserly spell, conceding just 30
runs from his four overs while accounting
for the wicket of the dangerous New Zealand
opener Brendon McCullum for 43.
South African star AB de Villiers top-
scored with 44 while Mandeep Singh got 37
and captain Virat Kohli, 31.
Quinton de Kock fell cheaply for four in
the second over but McCullum and Kohli
added 45 for the second to revive the in-
nings, before de Villiers joined Kohli to add
a further 64 for the third wicket.
De Villiers faced 23 balls and belted a four
and five sixes but he and Kohli fell in succes-
sive deliveries to off-spinner Rana in the 15th
over, leaving Mandeep to rally the innings
with an 18-ball cameo which contained four
fours and two sixes.
Narine then gave the innings a rollicking
start despite Lynn’s demise, smashing four
fours and five sixes as he put on 49 off 21
balls for the second wicket with Robin
In the fourth over of the innings from
England seamer Chris Woakes (3-36) which
went for 20 runs, Narine pummeled a pair
of fours and sixes and also tore into of-break
bowler Washington Sundar in the following
over which leaked 19 runs.
A single off the last ball of the over saw
Narine reach his half-century off just 17 balls
the joint fourth fastest in the IPL – but he
perished off the second ball of the next over
from seamer Umesh Yadav (2-27), bowled
dragging on a low full toss.
Karthik, who faced 29 balls and counted
four fours, kept KKR on course for victory
in a 55-run fourth wicket stand with Rana
who collected two fours and sixes in a 25-
ball knock. West Indies all-rounder Andre
Russell made 15 from 11 balls. (CMC)
Kolkata Knight Riders 177 for 6 (Narine 50, Karthik
34*, Woakes 3-36) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
176 for 7 (De Villiers 44, McCullum 43, Rana 2-11).
Knight Riders won by four wickets.
Kings XI Punjab 167 for 4 (Rahul 51, Nair 50) vs Delhi
Daredevils 166 for 7 (Gambhir 55, Mujeeb 2-28).
Kings won by six wickets.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals, 10.30 am
Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 10.30
AT THE OVAL: QPCC I 240 (Darren Bravo 130, Yannick
Carriah 43, Nicolas Pooran 26, Keon Harding 3/65) &
61/1 dec VS Powergen 123 & 40/2. Match drawn.
AT ST ANTHONY’S COLLEGE: FC Clarke
Road United 129 all out (Sean Siloch 36, Nicholas
Sookdeosingh 29, Dejourn Charles 26, Utman
Mohammed 5/30, Rishard Harris 5/20) vs Merryboys
199 (Amir Jangoo 91, Kerwyn Sirju 6/65, Yannick Ottley
2/27). Match drawn.
AT BARRACKPORE: Victoria 201 (Marcelle Jones 55)
& 211/9 dec VS Alescon Comets 186. Match drawn.
AT FATIMA: QPCC II 202 all out (Kirstan Kallicharan
93, Joshua DeSilva 76, Christopher Vincent 3/33,
Kissoondath Magram 5/53) & 18/0 VS Central Sports
285 all out (Keddy Lesporis 66, Shazan Babwah 45, Jyd
Goolie 40, Kamil Pooran 25, Adrian Ali 21, Al Small 23,
Vishan Jaggessar 22, Darren Deonarine 4/61, Philton
Williams 3/46)—match drawn.
Senior men warm up with win over Prisons
The senior men’s national team upped its
preparation for the April 17 international
friendly versus FIFA World Cup-bound
Panama with some welcomed match prac-
tice on Saturday at the Larry Gomes Sta-
dium in Malabar, Arima.
Dennis Lawrence and his men took on
Prisons FC with head coach Anderson Ve-
ronique at the helm of the T&T Super
League outfit. Both coaches agreed
that the scrimmage will be divided
into three 30-minute periods which
allowed for better tactical evalua-
“I think when I saw them play in
the league, for what we were work-
ing on, (pressing the ball and trying to
keep possession) they were an ideal test
because they bring the football up from
out of the back well and play organised
football,” Lawrence said on opting to play
The organisation orchestrated by Ve-
ronique and his staff caused some caution
in the national team’s approach with for-
mer Under-20 captain Duane Muckette
pulling the strings in midfield for Prisons
in the opening minutes of the first period
but the likes of Kathon St Hillaire, Reon
“Re-Re” Moore and Marcus “Lobo” Joseph
began to make inroads through their de-
fence and it was a foul in the area on Jo-
seph which resulted in the opening item.
The W Connection striker taking the pen-
alty himself to make it 1-0 in favour of the
Ten minutes later Point Fortin Civic
midfielder Nathaniel “Spanish” Garcia
made 2-0 with a tap in off a service from
Moore. St Hillaire rounded out the scoring
after cutting in from the left to beat Javon
Bourne with a low rocket at the first post
to make it 3-0 after the first 30 minutes.
Wholesale changes were made on both
sides for the second period, but Moore
was still on the pitch and the Defence
Force winger could not be contained as
he played a part in many of his team’s
raids with three ending in goals for Akeem
Roach. The Cocorite resident scoring in
the 46th, 55th and 59th minutes.
The national line-up for the third period
consisted of mostly new call-ups with the
likes of Judah Garcia, Justin Sadoo, Rhon-
del Gibson and Jaydon Prowell all in the
mix. Veronique was also looking at his
prospects with some managing to get shots
on goal but Andre Marchan of the Defence
Force also kept the sheet clean for the goal-
keepers. The final score was 7-0 in favour
of Lawrence’s team with Club Sando’s
Jared London getting the last item.
T&T will face Panama at the Ato Boldon
Stadium in Couva.
Akeem Roach scored three goals in the national
team’s practice match against Prisons.
DARREN BRAVIO—A top T20 batsman in the
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Sunil Narine hits a ball during VIVO IPL cricket T20 match against Royal
Challengers Bangalore in Kolkata, India, yesterday. KKR won by four wickets.
century in draw
Darren Bravo stroked 130 to lead Queen’s
Park I to first innings points PowerGen on
the second and final day of the sixth round
of the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) Premier-
ship at the Queen’s Park Oval in St Clair,
In a low-scoring encounter, Bravo was
the difference as he knocked 140 in their
first innings total of 240.
PowerGen in response was bowled out
for a paltry 123. Batting a second time,
Queen’s Park made 61/1 with skipper Jus-
tin Guillen playing a blinder in getting an
unbeaten 41. PowerGen in their second in-
nings reached 40/2 when the game ended
in a draw.
Leaders Alescon Comets were dealt a
blow by Victoria United, as they defeated
them on first innings at Barrackpore. Chas-
ing Victoria’s first innings score of 201,
Comets fell short at 186 all out. Batting a
second time Victoria reached 211 for nine
wickets and declared at that point and the
match was called off.
Central Sports took first innings points
over QPCC II after a good all round per-
formance from their batsmen. Resuming
on 200/7, Kisoondath Magram finished
off the Parkites for 202, ending with 5/53.
Keddy Lesporis 66, Shazan Babwah 45, Jyd
Goolie 40, Kamil Pooran 25, Adrian Ali 21,
Al Small 23 and Vishan Jaggessar 22 batted
well to take Central Sports to 285 all out.
Batting a second time QPCC II reached 18
without loss when the game was called off
as a draw.
Merryboys took first innings points
over FC Clarke Road at St. Anthony’s Col-
lege thanks to an excellent knock of 91
by national player Amir Jangoo. The left
hander smashed 91, as Merryboys replying
to Clarke Road’s 129 made 199 when the
match was called off as a draw.
TTCB PREMIERSHIP I SCORES
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