Trinbago Knight Riders 137-1 (Munro 66*, McCullum 58*, Taylor 1/22)
St Lucia Stars 132-9 (Fletcher 26, Mayers 23, Shadab 2/15, Bravo 2/23)
Trinbago Knight Riders won the match by 9 wickets with 56 balls to spare
Player of the Match: Shadab Khan
The Trinbago Knight Riders thrashed the St Lucia Stars by nine wickets in a scintillating display of power-hitting on the opening night of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League at Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet.
After winning the toss and electing to field first the Knight Riders restricted the Stars to 132 for 9 before chasing the runs in 10.4 overs for the loss of the just one wicket.
The St Lucia innings was given a good start by Andre Fletcher who cut Khary Pierre for three consecutive fours in the second over, but the opening partnership was broken in that same over when Fletcher’s partner Johnson Charles was caught at backward point looking to hit a fourth boundary off the left arm spinner.
Neither Kamran Akmal—run out for 5 by a direct hit from Sunil Narine, or Marlon Samuels—caught on the off side boundary for 13, could inject the St Lucia Stars innings with impetus. After seven overs they were 56 for 3.
Things only got worse for St Lucia from there as the Knight Riders squeezed them in the middle overs with the spin of Sunil Narine and Shadab Khan and the variations of Dwayne Bravo.
On Hero CPL debut, the 18-year old Pakistani leg-spinner Shadab took 2 for 15 in an assured performance. Shadab dismissed Fletcher—who got bogged down—for 27, and Jesse Ryder—who struggled to get going—for 18.
Some powerful late hitting from Kyle Mayers and Jerome Taylor lifted the Stars to 132 for 9, only one score lower than that had ever been defended in the Hero CPL.
The Stars were given hope that they could pull off an improbable win when Sunil Narine was bowled for a golden duck by Taylor with the sixth ball of the innings but Brendon McCullum and Colin Munro doused the flames of a fiery opening spell.
Munro reached his fifty off 25 balls and McCullum reached his off 24, hitting boundaries on both sides of the ground. Munro sealed the victory with his third six. TKR’s innings run rate of 12.84 runs per over is a record in the Hero CPL.
Trinbago Knight Riders: Brendon McCullum, Sunil Narine, Darren Bravo, Colin Munro, Denesh Ramdin(w), Dwayne Bravo(c), Kevon Cooper, Javon Searles, Shadab Khan, Ronsford Beaton, Khary Pierre.
St Lucia Stars: Andre Fletcher, Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Kamran Akmal(w), Jesse Ryder, Darren Sammy(c), Rahkeem Cornwall, Kyle Mayers, Jerome Taylor, Mitchell McClenaghan, Obed McCoy.