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Trinbago Knight Riders after sealing last-ball thriller (Getty Images)

With three needed off the final delivery, Javon Searles struck a four to seal a nail-biting four-wicket win for Trinbago Knight Riders against Jamaica Tallawahs in a Caribbean Premier League (CPL) match at Lauderhill.

Chasing 183, Trinbago needed seven to win off the final over but Oshane Thomas did well to to dismiss a well-set Dwayne Bravo on 36 to reduce the equation to six off two deliveries. Nerves got the better of Thomas as he delivered a wide and off the following two deliveries, Searles took his team over the line with Trinbago finishing at 184/6.

However, Trinbago were off to a terrible start, losing their three big-hitters Sunil Narine (0), Chris Lynn (2) and Brendon McCullum (8) inside the Powerplay overs. Colin Munro and Darren Bravo then combined to steer them out of trouble and resurrected their chase. Together they added 107 runs for the fourth wicket, scoring half-centuries each.

Darren was out immediately after reaching his fifty, bowled by Imad Wasim on 50. His replacement captain Dwayne Bravo then hit five sixes to ease the task but with 14 still needed off eight, Munro was cleaned up by Andre Russell on 69. And Dwayne also departed in the final over before Searles saw them through.

Like Trinbago, Tallawahs’ innings also began on a shaky ground after being asked to bat first. Khary Pierre struck in consecutive overs to remove Kennar Lewis (1) and Steven Taylor (8) cheaply. The dismissal of Ross Taylor on 7 brought Glenn Phillips and David Miller together and the duo began repairing the damage. A 112-run partnership for the fourth wicket between them laid the foundation of a challenging total. While Phillips was out after scoring 80, Miller remained unbeaten on 72 off 34.

But as it turned out, in a high-scoring affair, Trinbago edged ahead.