Darren Bravo hit a formidable half-century as Trinbago Knight Riders beat St Lucia Zouks.© Twitter
Skipper Kieron Pollard all-round efficiency and batsman Darren Bravo’s fifty guided Trinbago Knight Riders to ninth straight win within the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on Saturday. Knight Riders defeated St Lucia Zouks by 23 runs at Brian Lara Stadium. Zouks gained the toss and requested Knight Riders to bat first. The facet had a nasty begin because the opening batsman Lendl Simmons (8) was caught behind the stumps off Scott Kuggeleijn within the third over. Tim Seifert joined Tion Webster within the center and constructed a 43-run stand for the second wicket.
The latter was bowled by Zahir Khan within the seventh over after scoring 20 runs.
Seifert and Darren Bravo then had a 38-run stand for the third wicket. Zouks skipper Daren Sammy bagged the much-needed wicket for the facet. Sammy bagged Seifert (30) within the 13th over and broke the partnership.
Pollard then joined Bravo within the center and stitched a quickfire stand of 67 runs off 37 balls. Pollard smashed 42 runs off 21 balls together with three sixes and three fours. He was despatched again to the pavilion by Kuggeleijn within the 19th over.
Bravo scored 50 off 42 balls studded with three sixes and one 4. He was dismissed by Kesrick Williams on the ultimate ball of the innings. Dwayne Bravo remained unbeaten of 5* because the facet posted 175/5 of their allotted 20 overs.
Chasing 176 runs, openers Kimani Melius and Mark Deyal had a 25-run transient partnership for the primary wicket. Melius departed after scoring 12 runs.
Andre Fletcher and Deyal then accrued 59-run for the second wicket. Pollard bagged Deyal (40) and offered the important breakthrough for his facet.
Mohammad Nabi and Fletcher then added 19-run for the third wicket earlier than the latter was despatched again to the pavilion by Pollard within the 14th over.
Fletcher performed a knock of 42 runs off 27 balls together with three sixes and one 4. Zouks then misplaced two fast wickets as Nabi (17) and Najibullah Zadran (12) had been lowered by Pollard and Dwayne Bravo respectively.
Daren Sammy and Scott Kuggeleijn had a short stand of 24-run for the sixth wicket earlier than they each had been dismissed within the final over by Jayden Seales. Sammy added 14 runs whereas Kuggeleijn performed a knock of 9 runs.
Roston Chase and Leniko Boucher remained unbeaten on 1* and 0* respectively. Zouks had been solely capable of rating 152/7 of their allotted 20 overs.
For Knight Riders, Pollard bagged three scalps whereas Bravo and Seales clinched two wickets every. Pollard was awarded the Participant of the Match.
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