Shadab Khan’s composed unbeaten 30 guided Trinbago Knight Riders to a nervy win against St Lucia Stars on Monday at Port-of-Spain.
Knight Riders initially restricted the Stars to 118 with Kevon Cooper and Dwayne Bravo sharing 5 wickets for 54.
The Knight Riders did look in deep trouble when they were 5 down for 52, chasing 119. Shane Shillingford’s 4-for kept the Knight Riders at backfoot. However, Shadab’s sensible knock handed Knight Riders a win. Bravo put the Stars to bat and the move paid early dividends when Khary Pierre trapped Johnson Charles for 5.
Andre Fletcher was the top-scorer with 45-ball 40 finding little support from Kamran Akmal.
Darren Sammy too provided some late impetus but Shadab and Sunil Narine took wickets at regular intervals. Bravo and Cooper handled the task in death with the Stars batsmen being dismissed for single digits. Shillingford and Eddie Leie remained unbeaten on 0 and 2 respectively at the end of the Stars innings.
It was over to Knight Riders Brendon McCullum and new opener Sunil Narine to light up Queen’s Park Oval with their early blistering partnership. Together, they smashed 4 sixes until Shillingford was introduced in the third over. Shillingford who was a substitute in the match, claimed 4 wickets in 10 balls leaving Knight Riders tottering at 5 for 52 by the 7th over. Mitchell McClenaghan too got the priced scalp of Bravo leaving Knight Riders reeling at 75 for 6.
Since, it was Shadab and Javon Searles show who finished the game with their 45-run partnership and handing Knight Riders 4-wicket win with 26 balls to spare.
Shadab and Javon remained unbeaten on 30 and 27 respectively. Knight Riders will now play their next game against Jamaican Tallawahs while St Lucia Stars will lock horns with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
St Lucia Stars 118 for 9 in 20 overs (Andre Fletcher 40, Darren Sammy 25; Kevon Cooper 3 for 21, Dwayne Bravo 2 for 33) lost to Trinbago Knight Riders 120 for 6 in 15.4 overs (Shadab Khan 30*, Javon Searles 27*; Shane Shillingford 4 for 22) by 4 wickets (26 balls to spare)