Trinbago Knight Riders cemented their place at the top of the table with a 9 run victory over Barbados Tridents in the 28th match of CPL 2018.
Following what has almost become a convention in T20 cricket, Tridents asked the Knight Riders to bat first. CPL 2018 top scorer Colin Munro and Chris Lynn provided their side a breezing start. Munro was rather cautious but Lynn was at it right from the start. Both Munro and Lynn fell after scoring 28 and 29 respectively, before Dinesh Ramdin took the charge and smashed a fifty to keep the run rate up there. Bravo brothers played their part as well with blistering cameos to post 180-5.
Chemar Holder and Imran Khan shared two wickets each for the Tridents.
In reply, the Tridents were stung by Fawad Ahmed’s leg-spin as the Aussie claimed the top three batters including Sunny Sohal, Tion Webster and Shai Hope. All three batsmen got starts but fell right when it mattered.
That brought Nicholas Pooran and Jason Holder in the middle who kept things afloat for the Tridents in their last game of the season. But once Pooran was run out by Dwayne Bravo at 44 and Holder fell for 21, too much was left for the new batsmen. Roston Chase and Shamar Springer hit few blows but too much was left in the end. With 24 needed off the last over, Dwayne Bravo conceded just 14 to secure 7th win of the season for his side.
The Knight Riders with 14 points and one game to spare are guaranteed a spot in the top two and the only chance of them slipping to the second position is if Guyana Amazon Warriors win both their remaining games and the Knight Riders lose their next game.
On the other hand, the Tridents finish their season with one of their poorest runs in the CPL history, winning just two games out of ten in the season.