Trinbago Knight Riders banked on an all-round show from their players to win the series opener of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2018) against St Lucia Stars by 100 runs at Port of Spain in Trinidad.
Meanwhile, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and Fawad Ahmed bagged three-wicket haul and backed up the efforts of Colin Munro and Denesh Ramdin, who notched up half-centuries to hand Trinbago a good start owing to a curtain raiser.
Batting first, the Knight Riders posted a mammoth total on the scoreboard despite losing Chris Lynn early on. But it was Munro’s early assault which held the attention and also the command on the scoreboard. Qais Ahmed bore the maximum hitting, going for three fours and a six off consecutive deliveries in the ninth over.
Despite no contribution from the other end, Munro forced his side to 88 for three in 10 overs. Although Trinbago lost Brendon McCullum and Bravo shortly, Munro kept on pressing harder. He partnered Denesh Ramdin to add 59 runs in a matter of 5.2 overs.
The southpaw struck nine boundaries and a six in his 48-ball 68 before getting out to Keiron Pollard.
Ramdin, however, ensured the early platform didn’t go to waste. He smashed four sixes and two fours en route his unbeaten 27-ball 50 as the Knight Riders powered their way to 195 for six.
A clinical effort from Trinbago Knight Riders:
Stars began their chase on a high with Andre Fletcher taking his side to 35 within three overs. However, his little cameo came to an end abruptly after Ali Khan castled his stumps.
Following his dismissal, Stars lost David Warner and Rahkeem Cornwall inside the powerplay.
Reduced to 47 for three, Sunil Narine and Alam added more worries, bagging three wickets in a span of two overs. The Stars were reeling at 53 for six when Kieron Pollard and Qais Ahmad tried to steady the ship.
Fawad ended a 24-run partnership, picking up his third wicket with the dismissal of Ahmad. Pollard and Mitchell McClenaghan followed shortly, both getting out to Dwayne Bravo while Shannon Gabriel picked up the final wicket – ensuring all the Knight Riders bowlers had picked up at least one wicket.
CPL 2018: Brief scores, venue Trinidad: Trinbago Knight Riders 195/6 in 20 overs (Colin Munro 68; Kieron Pollard 2-22) beat St Lucia Stars 95 in 17.3 overs (Andre Fletcher 19; Dwayne Bravo 3-11) by 100 runs.