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Darren Bravo and McCullum stitched a game-changing stand of 137 © Getty
Some sensational hitting by means of Darren Bravo sponsored by means of Brendon McCullum’s panache helped Trinbago Knight Riders seal a relaxed five-wicket win over St Lucia Stars on the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, on Thursday (August 16). Set 213 to win, Knight Riders had fallen at the back of within the chase prior to Bravo and McCullum scored 137 off 54 to assist the crew typhoon again within the contest.
In the tall chase, Knight Riders have been dented early as they misplaced Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn with simply 20 at the board. Colin Munro were given a get started however didn’t get going and the crew discovered themselves wanting 138 within the ultimate ten overs. While McCullum used to be smartly set then, Bravo had simply walked in and used to be having a look to seek out his groove.
The revival of the innings began beautiful past due, most effective within the 16th over with 84 extra wanted. Bravo took on Kieran Pollard and smashed 5 sixes to assemble 32 runs off the over and raced previous his half-century. McCullum too joined in and collected 21 from the following over bowled by means of Obed McCoy to depart the equation right down to 32 off 18.
Stars nonetheless had a possibility by means of then nevertheless it all got here crashing down as Rahkeem Cornwall crumbled below power and conceded 25 to depart Knight Riders wanting simply 5. Bravo swung laborious to get to his century however failed to attach and needed to accept 94 off 36 whilst McCullum used to be ultimately brushed aside for a 42-ball 68.
Earlier, a troika of half-centuries from David Warner, Cornwall and Pollard lifted the facet to a difficult general once they have been installed. They were given off to a brisk get started with 49 coming for the opening-wicket stand throughout the powerplay. Cornwall and Warner strung in combination a stand of 79 whilst the pair of Pollard and Warner had a partnership of 84 to raise the facet over the 200-run mark.
Even a just right batting efficiency wasn’t sufficient to assist the crew finish their dropping streak as Stars slipped to their fourth loss this season. The facet has now misplaced 15 fits in a row within the historical past of the CPL.
Brief ratings: St Lucia Stars 212/2 in 20 overs (David Warner 72*, Kieran Pollard 63*) misplaced to Trinbago Knight Riders 218/five in 20 overs (Darren Bravo 94*, Brendon McCullum 68) by means of 5 wickets.