An outrageous 94 not out off 36 balls from Darren Bravo, ably supported by Brendon McCullum (68 from 42) propelled Trinbago Knight Riders to an extraordinary victory over St Lucia Stars (Stars 15th loss on the trot).
Kieron Pollard, Rahkeem Cornwall and David Warner all made half-centuries to lift the Stars to 212/2, and they appeared to have the game in the bag when the Knight Riders went into the last five overs of the run-chase needing another 85 runs for victory.
But Darren Bravo smashed five sixes from Pollard’s final over, with McCullum taking up the charge in the next over as four more balls went to or over the boundary. Suddenly, 53 of the 85 required had come from just 12 deliveries.
McCullum was unable to see the job through, edging behind off Mitchell McClenaghan with Javon Searles falling the same way three balls later, but Darren Bravo was there at the end to see his side cross the unlikeliest of finish lines when Denesh Ramdin smashed the fifth ball of the final over for the 34th six of the night.
Earlier, Stars became the first CPL side to produce three half-centurions in the same innings and recorded their own highest total. That was due in no small part to a blistering unbeaten 65 from 23 balls by Kieron Pollard; the Stars’ skipper reached his half-century in a CPL record-equalling 18 balls, with seven balls sent over the ropes.
Pollard himself was merely continuing the good work of Cornwall, whose promotion to number three in the order at the fall of Andre Fletcher’s wicket for 17 proved an inspired decision from the Stars brains trust as the big all-rounder helped himself to a half-century.
There was also a welcome return to form for David Warner, who batted through the innings for his 72 not out from 55 balls.
Having had such success promoting Cornwall up the batting order, the Stars repeated the trick with the ball. Handed the responsibility of bowling the second over of the innings, Cornwall promptly had the dangerous Sunil Narine caught – by Pollard, naturally – for nine. In his next over he won an lbw verdict against Chris Lynn as wickets continued to fall.
McCullum and Colin Munro kept things moving, but when Munro fell off Pollard, the required rate had ballooned to 14 an over and the game appeared to be over.
Darren Bravo walked to the middle with other ideas and turned the game upside down with 10 sixes and 6 boundaries laden 94.