Trinbago Knight Riders thumped Guyana Amazon Warriors by 67 runs with Colin Munro starring with a 56-ball 90 and went to the top of the table.
The Warriors’ net run-rate suffered a hit that could prove costly at the end of group stage.
Munro’s 90 underpinned a total of 170/7 which represented a slightly disappointing end result from a position of 136/1 but was more than enough to take down the Warriors, who slumped to 42/5 inside seven overs and never recovered.
Ali Khan, one of the real finds of this 2018 CPL season, continued his happy knack of taking wickets in the powerplay as he took out Luke Ronchi and Shimron Hetmyer. Ronchi was trapped lbw first ball, before Shimron Hetmyer holed out to Munro on the square-leg.
In between those two strikes, Khary Pierre bowled Chadwick Walton for four. Sunil Narine then deceived Cameron Delport into chipping back a simple return catch to leave the Warriors four down before the Power Play was done.
Pierre soon had his second wicket when Chris Green picked out Brendon McCullum at cover, before skipper Dwayne Bravo got in on the act.
He had Sohail Tanvir caught in the deep for a nine-ball duck and then Jason Mohammed, having battled his way to 27, steered a slower ball to point.
Fawad Ahmed became the fourth bowler of the innings to claim two wickets before Ali Khan returned to finish things off with his third as Imran Tahir poked a slower ball to cover.
Earlier, Munro became the first man to go past 400 runs this season with a fifth half-century in eight matches, and now leads Kieron Pollard by over 100 runs at the top of the run-scoring chart.
Denesh Ramdin was promoted to Munro’s old spot at three, and the pair shared a match-defining century stand for the second wicket. Its significance was magnified by what would follow, their 135-run stand followed by a clatter of 16 wickets for just another 136 runs.
When Ramdin and Munro fell within four balls of each other in the 16th and 17th overs, the powerful Knight Riders middle-order failed to take full advantage of such a great platform. McCullum, Darren Bravo, Searles and Narine all fell cheaply in the chase for quick runs. Dwayne Bravo did continue his fine hitting form with 12 not out from six balls, but 170/7 still represented a disappointing final total from 136/1.
It was Warriors debutant Romario Shepherd who did most of the damage, picking up an international-class trio of wickets as Munro, McCullum and Darren Bravo all fell to the slingy young quick.
Tanvir too ended up with three wickets after his double-strike in the final over, but it was soon clear Munro and Ramdin had already done more than enough.