The Trinbago Knight Riders romped home against the Barbados Tridents with time to spare.
Batting first, runs were hard to come by for the Tridents, with opener Shai Hope (42 off 34 balls) holding the innings together after the loss of three wickets for just three runs inside the first two overs, including former Aussie skipper Steve Smith for a two-ball duck. Nicholas Pooran (34 from 21) and Jason Holder (30 from 33) weighed in with runs but they struggled to raise the run rate, as evidenced by only Pooran (two sixes) managing to clear the ropes during the innings.
The Tridents ended on 128-8 after their 2o overs, Fawad Ahmed (4-0-13-2, econ 3.25) doing the most damage, while Khary Pierre and Dwayne Bravo each picked up two wickets.
After a bright start, Brendon McCullum took the Knight Riders’ run chase under his wing, scoring 66 off 42 balls, with 50 of his runs coming in boundaries (eight fours and three sixes). McCullum lost his wicket two runs short of the victory target, but skipper Bravo knocking off the winning runs with a four, two balls later to clinch a four-wicket win with 21 balls in hand.
The victory took the Knight Riders to the top of the table, ahead of the Jamaica Tallawahs on net run rate. The Tridents sit above bottom-placed St Lucia Stars on net run rate alone, although they still have three games in hand.
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