Another day, another win for the Trinbago Knight Riders. Sunil Narine’s brilliant all-round performance helps Trinbago to cling on to the #1 spot in the Caribbean Premier League.
Trinbago Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bowl first on a slower surface. Dwayne Smith started off with his good old approach of attacking from ball 1. But his innings did not last long as he fell to the quickie, Khary Pierre, on the fifth ball. Kane Williamson was, like always, watchful up front. Wayne Parnell’s promotion up the order did not work well for them as Barbados lost Parnell in the second over.
But then, the experience of Shoaib Malik, combined with the temperament of Kane Williamson, helped Barbados Tridents steady their innings. Shoaib Malik played freely while Kane Williamson was finding it difficult to middle the ball. The spin web created by Sunil Narine and Shadab Khan helped Trinbago restrict the Tridents to a chasable total of 152. The duo, together, gave only 37 runs in their 8-over spell without conceding a boundary. With Shoaib Malik bringing up his half century and Nicholas Pooran and Akeal Hosein’s cameo at the end, Barbados put 152 runs on the board.
Trinbago had a similar start. They lost their most destructive batsman, Brendon McCullum, in the first over to Wayne Parnell’s peach. In the very next over, Tino Best dropped a sitter, giving Sunil Narine another life. And boy did it cost Tridents the match! Sunil Narine went on to score 79 off just 45 balls. Sunil Narine single-handedly chased the target as no other batsman could cross 25. Apart from Sunil Narine, only the Bravo brothers managed to enter the double-figures. Sunil Narine’s innings included six fours and five sixes. Shamar Springer gave Barbados a little hope in the back end of the innings with two wickets in an over. But Kevon Cooper kept his cool and scored the winning runs for Trinbago Knight Riders.
Sunil Narine was adjudged the Man of the Match for his eminent All-Round performance.
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