CPL 2018: Munro, Bravo make it four in four for Trinbago Knight Riders
Dwayne Bravo smashed 5 consecutive sixes off Alzarri Joseph (Getty Images)

Defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders reclaimed the No. 1 spot on the CPL 2018 standings with a 46-run win over St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, their fourth straight win of the season. Colin Munro was the star of the evening for his unbeaten 76, along with sizeable contributions from Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Bravo’s 11-ball 37 that helped Knight Riders to a total of 1994.

In reply, Patriots could muster 153/8, with Anderson Phillip grabbing 3/40. They were dented early in their chase with the wicket of Chris Gayle for 9 in the fourth over. But fellow opener Evin Lewis kept Patriots in the hunt with a 37-ball 52. St Kitts were 78/2 with Lewis going strong and setting him up for an assault that unfortunately never came. He was undone by Phillip’s pace and was out LBW.

The wickets of Anton Devcich and Ben Cutting in two overs were a big blow for the Patriots. The only other significant contribution was Devon Thomas’s 23, but with wickets falling at frequent intervals, the batsman was forced to hold his end. At 115/5 in almost 15 overs, all seemed lost for the Patriots before Carlos Brathwaite cut loose. His 18-ball 21’s only significance was that it brought down the margin by which Patriots went down. Philips then went on to remove Brandon King for his third.

The loss has placed the Patriots at fourth on the standings. They started off well, removing Knight Riders openers Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine for not much to reduce them to 34/2 in the fifth over. Their little surge was halted by the New Zealand due of Munro and McCullum. From there, they took the Knight Riders to 112/3 with a 78-run stand. McCullum, already with three half-centuries under his belt this season, continued his fine run, and although his 33-ball knock wasn’t the quickest by any means, it gave Munro assurance at the other end.

This was Munro’s fourth fifty of the season, and the slowest so far, coming off 41 balls. He wasn’t fluent either but the fact that he stayed till the end allowed him to get 18 off the final over. But that was after Bravo had done all the damage coming in at the fall of McCullum’s wicket – bowled by Alzarri Joseph. At that moment, Joseph’s figures read 3-0-13-2. All that was to change.

Bravo began with a dot ball. The next five were consecutive sixes. In no time did their partnership reach 66 – off just 20 deliveries which knocked the stuffing out of the Patriots.

Brief scores: Trinbago Knight Riders 199/4 in 20 overs (Colin Munro 76*; Alzarri Joseph 2-43) beat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 153/8 in 20 overs (Evin Lewis 52; Fawad Ahmed 2-28) by 46 runs.