Coming to Trinidad & Tobago undefeated from their three previous encounters, the Patriots were looking to continue on their winning streak. The Knight Riders played four games and lost 1, with this win they were guaranteed a spot in the playoff round.
Patriots had first strike with the bat, playing his first game of the season Anderson Phillip opened the bowling for the Knight Riders. Phillip’s first over seemed like it was never going to end as he bowled three wides in a 9 runs first over. Nothing was working for this young man as his demise continued, dropping Chris Gayle in the 3rd over, bowled by Sunil Narine. Gayle’s luck didn’t last as he played one to first slip with the next ball. Phillip also dropped Brooks as short fine leg, just wasn’t his night.
Opener Shamarh Brooks and Mohammad Hafeez added 38 runs before Hafeez was remarkably run out by Javon Searles, Patriots 2-52 (8.3 overs). In the 14th over Shadab Khan bowled Brooks, who top scored with 37. Anderson Phillip finally held onto one in the 17th over, catching Carlos Brathwaithe who made 19 from 12 balls. The Patriots managed to reach a pretty good total after their 20 overs, 158-7 (20 overs).
On to the Knight Riders innings, openers Narine and McCullum didn’t get off to a good start losing their wickets early in the chase. Colin Munro got things going striking 36 from 30 balls before his removal. Samuel Badree and Mohammad Nabi crippled the Trinbago Knight Riders with their bowling, claiming a combination of four wickets between them, 2 wickets each. Batting at 89-5 (13.5 overs), captain Dwayne Bravo and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin got their team back in the game. These two put on 41 runs before Bravo had to depart on 20. Ramdin continued as he guided his team to victory in the final over, hitting the winning runs.
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