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CPL 3rd week round-up: Royals' fluctuating fortunes continue; Patriots still winless

The CPL's latest bubbling week comes to a conclusion. After Guyana Amazon Warriors, Trinbago Knight Riders, and Barbados Royals each earned seven points from a different amount of games, the league has become more exciting. And as the action moves to Trinidad and Tobago in the upcoming week, it is anticipated that the competition will only get tougher. St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots have yet to win after as many as eight games, whereas Amazon Warriors have lived up to their name by going undefeated in four games thus far.

Amazing comeback by the Barbados Royals following their most worst CPL defeat

The Knight Riders chased down 179 against the Patriots early in the third week of the CPL, with all of their star players contributing. The Royals, who were bundled for just 61 while attempting to score 195, were then defeated by them by a crushing margin of 133 runs. That ended up being the tournament's most lopsided loss in terms of runs scored.

Martin Guptill stole the show with an unbroken 100 off just 58 balls despite having only scored 20 runs per ball to begin. Guptill criticized the PSL's first century earlier this year, and he did the same in the CPL this year as well.

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After three games, Rayudu and Muzarabani leave the Patriots for the CPL.

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However, in little than 24 hours, Rovman Powell inspired his team to action as Royals easily chased down 161 against the Jamaica Tallawahs, the defending champions.

In his first game of the season, Tallawahs opener Alex Hales was unable to make an impression. In contrast, Alick Athanaze's mature knock of 76 for the Royals outperformed Shamarh Brooks' 78 for the Tallawahs. Athanaze, who is still in the early stages of his career, stole the show with his pyrotechnics in a time of need. He demonstrated his batting brilliance with a match-winning knock against Tallawahs, following up on his joint-fastest fifty on ODI debut against UAE in June.

Powell, though, urged those in charge to manage Athanaze carefully during the post-game presentation, saying, "I think he has a very promising future. It's crucial that West Indies take notice of that and begin handling him. Players have played all three variants in a remarkably short period of time. The Caribbean has a lot of potential, but the issue is that we don't use it to our advantage.

After that, Royals' unpredictable season continued as they were defeated by St. Lucia Kings by 90 runs. They reserved their greatest batting effort, though, for the last Barbados leg game, which was against Patriots. The bottom-placed Patriots were defeated by the Royals after they chased down 221 with up to eight wickets and 11 deliveries remaining.

Johnson Charles defeated the Barbados Royals by hitting 78 off 52 balls.
Johnson Getty Images/Charles hit 78 off 52 against Barbados Royals in the CPL T20.
Rahkeem Cornwall led the charge with a mind-blowing century that put his team in control until he injured himself on 102 and reportedly gave up due to fatigue. It was 'Cornball' all the way. Few would have predicted that the Royals' top order, which had been having trouble before the final game of week three, would successfully shoot down the enormous target.

One of Cornwall's 12 sixes, a massive 110-meter hit that bested Kieron Pollard's earlier in the competition 107-meter six, wowed the home fans and provided great entertainment. After that, Cornwall smashed a 111-meter six over backward square to break his own record. He needed only 45 balls to reach his century, and then he celebrated by dropping his bat.

Raza is in charge as St. Lucia Kings continue to dominate.

Sikandar Raza, the Kings' interim captain, hasn't allowed the team's focus waver since Faf du Plessis had to leave for surgery on his chronic tennis elbow problem. Raza's Kings defeated Royals by 90 runs, extending their lead at the top of the standings following three victories in their previous five games, two of which were postponed due to weather.

With a score of two runs, Waqar Salamkheil defeated the Jamaica Tallawahs.
The Jamaica Tallawahs were defeated by two runs in the CPL T20 match thanks to Waqar Salamkheil's 2 for 21 performance.
Salamkheil contributes to Trinbago Knight Riders' thrilling victory.

With a defense of 142, Knight Riders defeated Tallawahs by two runs, and Waqar Salamkheil went 2 for 21 after going 4 for 14 against the Royals. Prior to Imad Wasim's boundary, the Royals needed eight off five balls in the penultimate over of the chase. Ali Khan, however, delivered three consecutive dots, and despite Imad hitting a four once more, he could only manage a leg bye out of the final four deliveries that were needed.

Before that, during the Knight Riders' innings, Tallawahs rookie Kelvin Pitman took 3 for 27, including Nicholas Pooran and Pollard's wickets. Pitman's efforts were unsuccessful, but Tallawahs will still be happy with his performance as the group stage draws to a close.

The miserable campaign of the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots continues.

Evin Lewis or Sherfane Rutherford were unable to turn around the Patriots' situation as they were severely defeated by the Amazon Warriors. After Dwaine Pretorius damaged them early with three wickets, Patriots had a disappointing start to the third week, falling for 88 in pursuit of 187.

After that, the Royals handed them a crushing defeat despite amassing 220 runs, including half-centuries from Rutherford, Will Smeed, and Andre Fletcher. After their first two games were postponed, they suffered six straight losses, leaving them with just two points after eight games. Patriots were let down by the bowlers when Rutherford had the lead against the Royals, and he regretted the fielding errors after the game.

Nothing is guaranteed, so all we can do is have a positive outlook and work together, he said.


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