CPL 2018: Brendon McCullum stars in Trinbago Knight Riders’ win over Barbados Tridents
Brendon McCullum hit 66 off 42 balls in Trinbago Knight Riders' win. @Getty

Barbados Tridents suffered a second consecutive loss in the span of 24 overs, having lost to Trinbago Knight Riders on Monday at Bridgetown in the 2018 Caribbean Premier League. Chasing a target of 129 after their spinners bowled efficiently on a slow and low surface, Knight Riders were taken towards a four-wicket win thanks to Brendon McCullum’s 42-ball 66.

Jason Holder’s decision to bat did not produce the desired result. Tridents lost three wickets in 10 balls, which saw Shamar Springer and Australian import Steve Smith both our for zero. From a perilous scoreline of 3/3, Barbados were revived by Shai Hope (42), Nicholas Pooran (34) and Holder (30) a total of 128/8 did not prove good enough. Fawad Ahmed finished with exceptional figures of 2/13 in four overs, his first wicket being that of Hope in the 13th over as the innings gave way.

Knight Riders’ chase was far from smooth. Mohammad Irfan, fresh off remarkable figures in his team’s loss to St Kitts, removed Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine cheaply and then Colin Munro and Dwayne Bravo fell as the scorecard read 60/4. But McCullum, who hit eight fours and three sixes, found support from Denesh Ramdin (20) and Knight Riders won with four wickets left in 16.3 overs.

Smith, who last week pledged to revive his legspin, removed McCullum first ball of the 17th over, but the game was over two deliveries later.

Brief scores: Trinbago Knight Riders 130/6 in 16.3 overs (McCullum 66) beat Barbados Tridents 128/8 in 20 overs (Hope 42, Ahmed 2/13) by four wickets.