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Munro, Bravo fifties and Pollard fireworks help TKR remain unbeaten
CPL 2020

Munro, Bravo fifties and Pollard fireworks help TKR remain unbeaten

Trinbago Knight Riders 185 for 3 (Darren Bravo 54*, Colin Munro 50, Kieron Pollard 41*; Ashley Nurse 1-20)

Barbados Tridents 166 for 6 (Johnson Charles 52; Fawad Ahmed 1-14)

A blazing batting charge from Trinbago Knight Riders was followed by a tight bowling display allowing them to earn their third win on the trot.

The 19-run victory over defending champions Barbados Tridents helped Trinbago vault to the top of the six-team table this season.

The Knight Riders initially took a while to get going after being put in to bat first on the docile surface. Fresh from two successive half-centuries, Sunil Narine's pristine timing evaded him as he scrambled to just eight off 16 deliveries in the first 10 overs whereas fellow opening partner Lendl Simmons made a run-a-ball 21.

In contrast to the duo's struggle, Colin Munro belted the bowlers all over the park to stamp his authority on the proceedings.

The Kiwi reached his half-century in 29 balls, creaming the ball for seven fours and two sixes in his ravishing knock.

Munro's dismissal brought forth captain Kieron Pollard, who extended his side's dominance with a supreme death overs onslaught.

Pollard was ably supported Darren Bravo in the middle as the two shared a rollicking 98-run stand that lifted Trinbago to the highest total in this edition of the Caribbean Premier League.

The final four overs yielded 69 runs as Barbados' bowlers were left stunned by the ease with which Bravo and Pollard slammed boundaries left, right and centre. Pollard's six-laden 41 not out from 17 balls took the Knight Riders to 185-3 in their 20 overs.

In reply, the Tridents raced along in the Powerplay courtesy of Johnson Charles' emphatic 33-ball 52 but his explosive brilliance failed to find any solid contribution from the rest of the batsmen.

Shai Hope's 36 scored at a leisurely strike rate of 94.7 could not impart the impetus required to drive the chase and a mini-collapse deflated their progress.

Skipper Jason Holder desperately tried to resuscitate the innings with a 19-ball 34 but by then the match was way out of the grasp of the Tridents.