Trinbago Knight Riders
It was a sixth straight win for the Knight Riders (Getty Images)

With a sixth straight win in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL), defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders sealed a top-two finish after beating Barbados Tridents by nine runs at Queen’s Park Oval. Chasing 181, Tridents put up a spirited effort but fell short after finishing at 171/5 in their 20 overs for their seventh consecutive loss of the season.

With four over remaining. Tridents were the favourites with a well-set Nicholas Pooran and the cushion of seven wickets. However, a direct-hit from Dwayne Bravo resulting in the run out of Pooran for 44 and a brilliant 19th over bowled by Ali Khan sealed the deal for Knight Riders.

With 28 needed off the final two, Ali dismissed Holder off his first delivery of the over and allowed just four runs in it. Roston Chase (14*) and Shamar Springer (12*) clattered 14 from the final over but it wasn’t enough.

After being asked to bat first, Knight Riders began brightly, racing to 50 runs inside four overs. It was courtesy a Chris Lynn blitz who struck fours fours and a six in his 10-ball 29 before being bowled by Chemar Holder. While Colin Munro consumed 29 deliveries for 28 runs, Denesh Ramdin scored his second fifty of the season – a well-crafted 31-ball 51 to extend the good start.

The dismissal of Ramdin in the 13th over allowed Tridents to pull things back a bit. Imran Khan (2/25) and Mohammad Irfan (1/28) did enough to keep Knight Riders from posting a mammoth total. They eventually finished at 180/5 after some lust blows from allrounder and captain Dwayne Bravo whose three fours and two sixes helped him to an unbeaten 33 off 20.

Tridents’ chase began on a solid footing before legspinner Fawad Ahmed cleaned up both their openers. Rion Webster scored run-a-ball 16 while Sunny Sohal departed after hitting 22. Shai Hope and Pooran then built a stand that was threatening to take the game away from Knight Riders. It was again Fawad who provided the breakthrough, having Hope stumped on 26.

With captain Jason Holder, Pooran kept his team’s hopes alive with a 50-run stand for the third wicket but Tridents failed to end the season on a high, succumbing to yet another defeat.