Tridents make light work of Zouks
Gros Islet, St Lucia - Any thoughts that the Barbados Tridents’ domination of the 2013 Limacol Caribbean Premier League was limited to home advantage in their first three matches quickly disappeared on Thursday night.
As if they had shown up at Beausejour to prove a point, the Barbados Tridents dominated in every aspect of the match. But it wasn’t just domination. They played so well it looked like they were showing off. And why not? In a team of so many individual stars, the Tridents have played as the strongest and tightest unit so far.
You can say their confidence is so high at the moment, Kieron Pollard rarely has second thoughts about batting first once he wins the toss. He won it again on Thursday night and decided to bat.
In the first half of the Powerplay, Dwayne Smith got the Tridents off to a flier. The same couldn’t be said for Jonathan Carter though, as he struggled to five from nine balls before edging to point. It was a rare failure for the Barbadian in a tournament he has so far enjoyed.
But his early wicket wouldn’t cost the Tridents a great deal. It brought together Smith and Shoaib Malik. Both batsmen combined in a 63-run stand over the course of 8.1 overs. They scored at just under eight runs an over.
Smith looked in fine touch, hitting three sixes and three fours in his knock of 48. It had come from just 38 balls. Most of his shots came off the middle of the bat. He looked destined for a big score, much bigger than the 48 he made.
That is, before, Albie Morkel was brought back into the attack. The South African’s first ball of his second spell was slightly short but the ball didn’t get up as much as Smith anticipated and his pull shot only hit a wave of air. Morkel’s delivery crashed into the top of middle stump.
In the very next over, Umar Akmal got a fine edge through to Andre Fletcher and was well caught. He was Garey Mathurin’s only wicket but the spinner was exceptional on the night, finishing with figures of 1-20.
Malik too, departed shortly thereafter for 31. Still, with over five overs left in the innings, it looked like the wheels could yet fall of the Tridents’ good foundation of 97/4. Shakib, who has been brilliant with the ball but average with the bat didn’t do much to change his luck. He made a quick 12 from nine balls before Tino Best accounted for his wicket.
It was that man again, Kieron Pollard, that would lead his team from the front. It would be unfair to say he’s the core of the Tridents team, but he’s certainly more than a captain. He just seems to inspire his colleagues to do well.
Together with Mayers, he would put on 57 runs from just 23 balls to finish the Tridents’ innings on the high their start merited. Pollard ended unbeaten on 34 from 21 balls while Mayers was out off the penultimate ball of the innings for 14. Ashley Nurse struck a six off the last ball to end the Tridents innings on 175/6 from their 20 overs – the highest score of the tournament so far.
The Zouks’ grim task of scoring at 8.80 runs an over was made even tougher when they lost Tamim Iqbal early in the second over. He’s yet to give the Zouks that great start his reputation suggests. Things were tough early on for the St Lucia Zouks.
The first six overs were designed for them to capitalize on. Instead, by the end of the Powerplay, they were 27/1, some 25 runs off where the Required Run Rate suggested they should have been.
That little thing called scoreboard pressure has wreaked havoc in this tournament, especially when the Barbados Tridents have batted first. Shannon Gabriel came on directly after the Powerplay.
He struck on his first and last ball of his first over to reduce the hosts to 30/3. First ball, Devon Smith edged through to Akmal trying to pull a delivery with a little bit of extra pace. Last ball, Fletcher cut a short delivery right into the lap of Shoaib Malik at 3rd Man. Zouks had gone from 27/1 to 30/3 in six deliveries.
The experienced pair of Herschelle Gibbs and Misbah-ul-Haq came together, trying to rebuild the innings in the fastest way possible. They had some measure of success, sharing in a 43 run partnership from 33 balls.
Gabriel was too short in his second over and he was pulled for a six and a four from Misbah and Gibbs respectively. The pressure mounted though. In Pollard’s first ten overs, he has the armoury of Shakib and Nurse. In the second ten overs, he has Rayad Emrit in his arsenal.
The Trinidadian has been brilliant – Emrit that is. With his mixture of pace and variety of deliveries, he has left batsmen guessing, and most times missing.
He tore through the Zouks’ batting line-up. He first got Gibbs, then Darren Sammy, then Tino Best. All in successive overs, mind you. Pollard brought himself on, getting the wicket of Misbah and Morkel, in successive overs as well.
The victory was wrapped up with the fall of Misbah-ul-Haq. It might seem harsh on Sammy but not even Babe Ruth would have been able to hit that many home runs required to win it for the Zouks.
Ashley Nurse returned in the 18th over to end the match prematurely. He had both Shillingford and Mathurin in the over as the Zouks collapsed from 73/4 to 92 all out. The last six wickets added just 19 runs.
One way to put the victory was that the Tridents had made 83 runs too much. Pollard’s men had started life away from home in emphatic style. So it wasn’t some type of magic at Kensington Oval. These Tridents could actually play cricket.
Albie Morkel had struck the Limacol Super Six during his knock of eight. Pollard though, was the name on everyone’s lips again. In a week that has seen him become a father, he was not only a top man for a child now born, but also Man of the Match.
It’s slowly looking like this; it would be a surprise if the Tridents don’t go on to win the Limacol CPL. It’s a funny game though, but the Zouks aren’t laughing tonight.
Barbados Tridents : 175-6 (20 overs) Dwayne Smith 48, Kieron Pollard 34 not out, Shoaib Malik 31. Albie Morkel 2-26, Tino Best 2-30.
Saint Lucia Zouks: 92 all out (17.5 overs) Misbah Ul-Haq 23, Herschelle Gibbs 21. Ashley Nurse 3-12, Rayad Emrit 3-19, Kieron Pollard 2-8, Shannon Gabriel 2-18.
Jonathan Carter c Herschelle Gibbs b Albie Morkel 4
Dwayne Smith b Albie Morkel 48
Shoaib Malik b Tino Best 31
Umar Akmal c Andre Fletcher b Garey Mathurin 4
Kieron Pollard not out 34
Shakib Al Hasan c Herschelle Gibbs b Tino Best 12
Kyle Mayers b Kenroy Peters 10
Ashley Nurse not out 6
Extras: (7lb, 9w, 6nb) 22
Total: 175/6 (20 Overs)
Did not Bat: Rayad Emrit, Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel.
Fall of Wickets: 1-20, 2-83, 3-90, 4-97, 5-112, 6-169.
Bowling: Albie Morkel 4-0-26-2 (1w), Darren Sammy 3-0-36-0 (1w), (1nb), Kenroy Peters 2-0-26-1 (1w), Shane Shillingford 4-0-30-0, Garey Mathurin 4-0-20-1, Tino Best 3-0-30-2 (6w) (5nb).
Saint Lucia Zouks
Tamim Iqbal c Jason Holder b Ashley Nurse 1
Andre Fletcher c Shoaib Malik b Shannon Gabriel 14
Devon Smith c Umar Akmal b Shannon Gabriel 12
Misbah-Ul-Haq c Ashley Nurse b Kieron Pollard 23
Herschelle Gibbs b Rayad Emrit 21
Albie Morkel c Shoaib Malik b Kieron Pollard 8
Darren Sammy b Rayad Emrit 0
Tino Best b Rayad Emrit 5
Shane Shillingford c Kyle Mayers b Ashley Nurse 1
Garey Mathurin b Ashley Nurse 0
Kenroy Peters not out 0
Extras: (7w) 7
Total: 92 All Out (17.5 Overs)
Fall of Wickets: 1-1, 2-27, 3-30, 4-73, 5-74, 6-76, 7-86, 8-91, 9-91, 10-92.
Bowling: Shoaib Malik 4-1-13-0, Ashley Nurse 2.5-0-12-3 (1w), Jason Holder 1-0-7-0 (1w), Shannon Gabriel 2-0-18-2 (1w), Shakib Al-Hasan 2-0-15-0, Rayad Emrit 4-0-19-3 (3w), Kieron Pollard 2-1-8-2 (1w).
Toss: Barbados Tridents won the toss and elected to field