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St Lucia Zouks (STZ) and Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) won their respective games on day three of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on Thursday. In a rain-affected first match of the day, St Lucia Zouks stunned defending champions Barbados Tridents (BT) by seven wickets (D/L method) to register their first win of the season.

Tridents, who had won their tournament-opener against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, were reeling at 131/7 in 18.1 overs when rain interrupted play and forced the end of first innings. Johnson Charles (35) and skipper Jason Holder (27) were the top-scorers for the side.

The Zouks were asked to chase down a revised target of 47 runs in five overs. In reply, the Zouks took only 4.1 overs to chase down the total. Andre Fletcher’s 16 not out off seven balls and Mohammad Nabi’s 15 runs in six balls made the difference. Rahkeem Cornwall also scored 14 off eight balls. For Tridents, Rashid Khan picked two wickets but it was not enough for his team to avoid the first defeat of the campaign.

Brief Scores:

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Barbados Tridents 131/7 in 18.1 ov (Johnson Charles 35; Roston Chase 2-8) lost to St Lucia Zouks 50/3 in 4.1 ov (Andre Fletcher 16*, Mohammad Nabi 15) by 7 wickets by DLS method

In the second game of the day, Trinbago Knight Riders got the better of Jamaica Tallawahs (JT). Batting first, the Jamaica-based outfit managed to score only 135 for 8 in their 20 overs. Opener Glenn Phillips top-scored for the side by scoring 58 off 42 balls while Asif Ali (22) and Andre Russell (25) played crucial knocks. For Knight Riders, Ali Khan and Jayden Seales bagged two wickets each.

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In reply, the Knight Riders chased down the total with 11 balls remaining. Sunil Narine starred with the bat, slamming 53 off just 38 balls to set the platform for the chase. Colin Munro then scored an unbeaten 49 to help his side to a comfortable victory.

Brief scores:

Jamaica Tallawahs 135/8 in 20 overs (Glenn Phillips 58, Andre Russell 25; Jayden Seales 2-21, Ali Khan 2-25) lost to Trinbago Knight Riders 136/3 in 18.1 overs (Sunil Narine 53, Colin Munro 49*; Mujeeb ur Rahman 1-13, Fidel Edwards 1-19) by seven wickets

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