Trinbago ascend top of point table, powered by McCullum
Trinbago Knight Riders joined Jamaica Tallawahs at the top of the point table with a 4 wicket win against Barbados Tridents.
Former Kiwi hard hitter Brendon McCullum fought back with a brisk half century to overcome the paltry 128 run total threw by Barbados Tridents at the Kensington Oval in the eighteenth match of the Caribbean Premier League 2018.
Following his crushing record breaking economical bowling in the previous match, Mohammad Irfan single handedly wrecked Trinbago Knight Riders’ top order with both the opening partner’s wicket in his consecutive overs.
The visiting team pushed to 37 for 3 within the power plays as Ashley Nurse joined in the feat uprooting Colin Munro’s stump within a shorts while.
McCullum, once survived by skipper Jason Holder, wasted no time to launch the counter attack thrashing Nurse for a six and a four in one over.
Barbados Trident’s continued the misfielding, dropped wicket keeper Denesh Ramdin afterwards, who, brought up a 66 runs stand with McCullum.
Five runs away from victory in last 25 deliveries, both McCullum and Ramdin departed allowing Dwayne Bravo to get the job done in the third delivery of the seventeenth over.
McCullum’s 66 capitulated by 8 boundaries and 3 over boundaries.
Barbados Tridents’ decision to bat first earlier in the match was havocked by Khary Pierre, the 26 year old Trinidadian shuffled the opposition batting thrice in the space of four balls.
Pierre knocked out Dwayne Smith’s off stump with a full length delivery followed by a sharp run out of Shamar Springer in his own bowling.
Tridents could not cuff Pierre still, he returned with the wicket of Steven Smith, the former Aussie captain was beaten up in the flight to be stumped by Ramdin before opening up his account.
In the middle of the anarchy, Shai Hope survived carrying the hope of Barbados, stood for 70 in the fourth wicket with Nicholas Pooran.
Skipper Jason Holder wasted time and effort in the middle, eaten up 33 deliveries to score 30, could not allow Barbados to score faster in the later overs.
Winning Captain Dwayne Bravo said it felt great to win the challenge at home soil.
“Happy with the entire performance,” he said.
“To restrict a very good batting lineup to 128 after they decided to bat, happy days for us. Said in the dressing room it was good to have left-arm orthodox, an off-spinner and leg-spinner. Base our team around spinners and all-rounders. Great to see Khary going from strength to strength. Well played to McCullum, wasn’t easy to bat on. He showed his class.”
Watch the 2nd over of Barbados Tridents’s innings-
Barbados Tridents 128/8 (20 overs)
Shai Hope 42, Nicholas Pooran 34, Jason Holder 30
Khary Pierre 2/29, Dwayne Bravo 2/23, Fawad Ahmed 2/13
Trinbago Knight Riders 130/6 (16.3 overs)
Brendon McCullum 66, Denesh Ramdin 20, Colin Munro 14
Mohammad Irfan 2/24, Ashley Nurse 1/17, Shamar Springer 1/17
Result: Trinbago Knight Riders won by 4 wickets.
Toss: Barbados Tridents.
Man of the Match: Brandon McCullum.