CPL Associate Watch, Day 11: Sandy stands out, but Jamaica get whacked

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Trinbago Knight Riders’ batting lineup beat the brakes off of Jamaica Tallawahs’ pace attack, and their batting proved incapable of making up ground, but the spin assault of Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman and Sandeep Lamichhane kept it from being a bloodbath.

TKR far and away looks like the top team in this tournament, and their batting fired exactly as you’d hope a T20 batting lineup would. Sunile Narine got it started with 29 off of 11, and Jamaica kept their foot on the gas to finish 184/4 in probably the most complete team batting display of the season.

Coming into the attack in the 8th over, Sandy and Jamaica were looking at a 61/1 TKR team, with the partnership of Colin Munro and Lendl Simmons grinding along at a run a ball. Sandy started Simmons off with a googly, surprising the righty who defends for a dot. A big leg break tied Simmons up again before Sandy gives up 3 off the final four balls as the pair survive to see another over.

TKR takes it out on Powell in the 9th to the tune of 14 runs, and Sandy stays in to hold his end down. Three runs for lefty Munro from the first two leg line deliveries, and Sandy shows he’s staying to the wide side of the field and he bowls one full to righty Simmons, off the stumps. Simmons reaches out, goes for a slog, and skies it back to 3rd man for a catch. Sandy gives up 10 in the over after an inside edge scores a lucky four for Munro on the last ball.

Staying on in the 12th after an 8 run 11th, Sandy gives up only two after starting Munro with four dots. Seifert gets him for 7 in the 14th, as the wicketkeeper/bat commits to playing Sandy with the spin to the wide side, happy to take what he’s given considering the 98/2 scoreline after 13. In an innings where everyone else went for 9.25 an over, Sandy ended the game with figures of 4-20-1.

And that’s it for Day 11, as Sandeep Lamichhane was the only Associate in the games. A tight end to the round robin portion of the season could mean we don’t see many more Associate players get chances, and Ali Khan has now sat out for the second consecutive game with what looks like an injury. With TKR comfortably in the lead, one would assume they won’t take risks with their yorker specialist, so CPL Associate Watch is slowly becoming Sandy Appreciation Update, which really isn’t such a bad thing.

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