Sunil Narine © Getty Images
Sunil Narine © Getty Images

Sunil Narine’s all-round brilliance powered Trinbago Knight Riders to 2-wicket win against Barbados Tridents in Match 11 of CPL 2017. Narine not only restricted the Tridents with some tight bowling but also unleashed his willow with some powerful stokes chasing a target of 153 with his unbeaten 45-ball 79. Knight Riders have not only toppled Tridents but the latter has also slipped to the third position after the loss. The chase was a rather single-handed effort Narine carrying his form for 18 overs. The remaining batsmen managed to add just 76 runs. Darren Bravo and Dwayne Bravo were the only ones to get to a double digit apart from Narine.

Wayne Parnell and Shamar Springer ran through the middle and lower order, despite Narine’s carnage. Brendon McCullum continued his poor form as Parnell’s yorker got the better of the opener. Narine got lucky when Tino Best dropped a sitter, eventually proving to be expensive for the Tridents towards the end. Narine did not spare Wahab Riaz who was smashed for consecutive boundaries, ended his spell with a six. Narine found a partner in form of Darren. Their partnership turned around the events for Knight Riders. They added 47 runs off 39 deliveries. Trident, however, got back to the game with two quick wickets. It was once again over to Narine to turn the tables around by targeting his teammate Kieron Pollard, who was blasted with two sixes and a boundary. Narine got lucky for the second time when he was dropped in the 14th over.

Tridents sloppy fielding cost them the match as Dwayne was also dropped in the next two overs. However, the successive wickets tilted the game towards Tridents until Kevon Cooper held his nerves and handed Knight Riders their fourth victory with 5 balls to spare.

Earlier, Tridents began their proceedings in the similar fashion that they have followed throughout the tournament. Dwayne Smith tried to play offensively while Kane Williamson played patiently. But two quick wickets changed the scenario. Smith could not stay beyond five balls while Parnell’s promotion to No. 3 bore no result.

However, Shoaib Malik’s entry gave some hope to Tridents and Williamson too. They did play freely but Shadab Khan and Narine’s spells restricted the flow of runs in the middle. Together the spinners conceded only 37 runs and no boundaries.

Malik stranded when Williamson was gone for 30 in the 12th over, falling prey to Shadab. Malik soon notched his 42nd T20 fifty and was later caught by Dwayne at long off. Wickets kept tumbling but Nicholas Pooran and Akeal Hossein’s big-hitting shots took the Tridents to a competitive target. Dwayne and Ronsford Beaton shared 4 wickets while Shadab, Kevon and Khary Pierre shared 3 wickets among them.

Brief scores:

Barbados Tridents 152 for 9 in 20 overs (Shoaib Malik 51; Ronsford Beaton 2 for 24, Dwayne Bravo 2 for 27) lost to Trinbago Knight Riders 155 for 8 in 19.1 overs (Sunil Narine 79, Darren Bravo 25; Shamar Springer 3 for 32, Wayne Parnell 2 for 26) by 2 wickets with 5 balls to spare