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Brian Lara Cricket Academy to give Knight Riders confidence – Fawad

By September 15, 2018
Trinbago Kinght Riders leg spinner Fawad Ahmed appeals successfully for the LBW of St Kitts and Nevis Patriots all-rounder Ben Cutting during the second Hero Caribbean Premier League semi-final match at the Brian Lara Stadium on Friday in Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago. Trinbago Kinght Riders leg spinner Fawad Ahmed appeals successfully for the LBW of St Kitts and Nevis Patriots all-rounder Ben Cutting during the second Hero Caribbean Premier League semi-final match at the Brian Lara Stadium on Friday in Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago.

Fawad Ahmed was the man that stood between the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and a second consecutive Hero Caribbean Premier League final appearance, and he is hoping he can produce again on Sunday when the Trinbago Knight Riders take on the Guyana Amazon Warriors. 

Fawad ended with amazing figures of 3-13 on a day when his Knight Riders needed to defend a very gettable 166.

Sent into bat, the Knight Riders were put on the back foot with some good bowling from the Patriots, whose captain Chris Gayle, had said needed to get that aspect of their game right.

The total may even have been lower had it not been for some big hitting from Dwayne Bravo toward the back end of the innings, the all-rounder and skipper of the Knight Riders, slamming 24 off eight deliveries before he was run out by a direct throw from wicketkeeper, Devon Thomas.

Sheldon Cottrell, 2-24, Carlos Brathwaite, 1-26, and Gayle himself, 1-33, chipped in to make sure the Knight Riders never batted them out of the game.

They never banked on the brilliance of Fawad in making 165-6 look like a mountain.

 Fawad bowled 14 dot balls in his four overs and was not hit for a boundary throughout. To add to that, he bagged the scalps of Evin Lewis, Anton Devcich, and Ben Cutting, all players who could have single handedly made the run chase a thing of ease.

“I really enjoyed it because we lost the last two games and we needed something special, to come on the field and to perform well,” said Fawad during his man-of-the-match interview with Ian Bishop at the end of the game.

“I just followed the process. It was my job to get wickets and to keep the batsmen in check and I contributed to the win,” he said.

Despite the amazing figures, Fawad said he was significantly restricted by having to bowl with a wet ball.

“I couldn’t bowl proper leg spinners because it was really hard to grip the ball. I went with the scrambled seam. Although I don’t like it, you have to you have to go with it,” said the Australian.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s final, Fawad is happy that his team earned a win at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, the same venue where they claimed a second title last year.

For that reason, Fawad expects confident teammates on Sunday against the Guyana Amazon Warriors, who have beaten them twice this season.

The Knight Riders beat the Warriors once.

“I’m really happy. I wasn’t here last year when we won the championship but there are good memories at this ground, so we will come with a lot of confidence and hopefully we will get through,” he said.

Fawad came in for much praise from Bravo as well, the skipper saying he has been a difference maker all season.

“Fawad is a very special talent and I hope he gets the opportunity to represent Australia again sometime soon,” said Bravo of the 36-year-old leg spinner.

“He is the big difference. Here, bowling against a very good batting line up, every time I call on him, he gets a wicket or he creates pressure,” said Bravo.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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