Umar Akmal ends Sammy show at Darren Sammy Stadium
Two time World Cup winning Captain of the Caribbean Darren Sammy has been honored by naming the stadium in St Lucia Zouks as the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet. And since the start of the home leg of CPL T20, Sammy captaining the Zouks team has been on song by leading from the front to hand his team 3 consecutive wins. Fans were expecting one more win to make 4 in a row but it finally came to a halt after Umar Akmal on Tuesday (July 26), hammered an unbeaten 35-ball 73. He has not had a great run in the first seven matches for Trinbago Knight Riders but helped his team to chase down 168 with three wickets in hand and an over to spare. With this win, Knight Riders jumped to the third spot from fifth just ahead of the hosts. Umar Akmal ends Sammy show at Darren Sammy Stadium!
Zouks captain Darren Sammy did played good hand in this match too striking the ball twice the rate for his 37* but no other batsman score more than that as the team finished on 167 after the 20 overs. At once Dwayne Bravo’s decision to bowl first seemed to have backfired when Johnson Charles (27) and Andre Fletcher (25) flayed the bowlers to score 60 runs in the 7.2 overs. However, West Indian star all rounder took the ball in his hand to control the game. Although most of their batsman got starts none of them went on to score big. The Zouks captain slammed an unbeaten 18-ball 37 to take the team past the 160-run mark.
The Trinbago Knight Riders did not had a great start to the chase as their Star opener B McCullum continued to misfire as he was dismissed for mere 2 runs. The other Kiwi star C Munro who has been the batting stay for his team started in a positive note but was cut down by a direct hit by Sammay.
From 30 for 1, Knight Riders had seen down fall to reach 41 for 4 and were starring at defeat. Loss in this match could have ditched their chances of making the next round. But the Pakistani batsman had other plans as Akmal started the resurrection act with Anton Devcich first and added 51 runs for the sixth wicket. In the end it was Sunil Narine’s little cameo of 17 off 12 balls that kept the visitors in the hunt before Akmal finished it off with a dash of panache.
Brief scores: St Lucia Zouks 167/6 (Darren Sammy 37*) lost to Trinbago Knight Riders 168/7 (Umar Akmal 73*; Delorn Johnson 3-22) by three wickets.