5-star Khan, Mohammed and Bravo silence Guyana Jaguars
A maiden five-wicket haul from leg-spinner Imran Khan, backed up by half-centuries from Jason Mohammed and Darren Bravo, led the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to a comfortable six-wicket win against the Guyana Jaguars at Coolidge Cricket ground in Antigua.
This win ensures the Red Force keep their unbeaten record perfect with five wins in as many matches in this CG Insurance Regional Super50 tournament.
After a great start, Jaguars were shot out for 187 in 41.5 overs, while the Red Force cruised to 189-4 in 40.2 overs.
With the likes of Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine being rested, Darren Bravo won the toss for the Red Force and opted to field first. Chandrapaul Hemraj, with Jaguars debutant Tevin Imlach, blazed away from the inception and set a solid platform. Hemraj took on the bowling while the well-organised Imlach rotated the strike and hit the bad balls.
The duo added 106 runs for the opening wicket, but Imlach was the first one to go when he missed a sweep shot and was bowled for 38 from 57 balls, including three fours and one six.
Shimron Hetmyer partnered Hemraj and the duo added 22 runs, but Hetmyer again lacked application and, after scoring 10 runs from 11 balls, hit one down the throat of long-off in only the second ball of Khan’s spell. Thereafter, things went downhill for the Jaguars, and the final eight wickets were shot out for 59 runs.
After smacking 87 runs from 84 balls, which included six thumping sixes and five fours, Hemraj attempted to cut one but found the edge, and was caught at the wicket.
Christopher Barnwell, promoted at four, made 12, while the returning Leon Johnson managed only three, as did Anthony Bramble. Romario Shepherd (12) and Kevin Sinclair (11) all bit the dust as Khan wreaked havoc on the Jaguars innings to end with magical figures of 5-32 from nine overs. He was supported by Akeal Hosein with 2-25.
In response, Red Force lost Evin Lewis for four to off-spinner Sinclair, and Kjorn Ottley went for a similar score off the bowling of Nial Smith. The first two wickets fell for 11 before senior batsmen Jason Mohammed and Darren Bravo batted the Jaguars out of the contest with a 112-run partnership.
This duo took the score to 127-3 in 29.3 overs before Bravo was removed by the consistent Gudakesh Motie.
Bravo’s innings of 58 came off 77 balls and included six fours and one six.
Nicholas Pooran came and played some big hits, but was removed for a nine-ball 18, but Denesh Ramdin and Jason Mohammed showed their experience and ensured no further hiccups as Red Force ended on 189-4 in 40.2 overs.
Mohammed’s unbeaten 82 from 116 balls included eight fours, while Ramdin was not out on 17. Jaguars will play Windward Islands Volcanoes on Monday February 22.