St Lucia Stars took on Trinbago Knight Riders in the opening game of the Caribbean Premier League 2017 played at Gros Islet. Brendon McCullum produced a scintillating innings with the bat to see Knight Riders canter to a nine-wicket over the hosts. Colin Munro also supported McCullum at the other end as two New Zealanders produced an unbeaten 132 –run partnership to see Trinbago knock off the runs in the 10th over of the innings.
Darren Sammy and co. struggled from the outset as Shadab Khan bowled splendidly well for Trinbago on his debut. Shadab bagged two wickets and conceded only 15 runs from his four-over spell to restrict St Lucia Stars for a below-par score of 132 runs off 20 overs. Shane Watson did not play this game for Stars as all-rounder absence was visibly seen in the game as Sammy found it difficult to get breakthroughs.
The big plus for Trinbago was Brendon McCullum showing signs of form as New Zealander failed to make an impact with the bat last season. He did not score a single half century in the previous edition of Caribbean Premier League.
Earlier, Trinbago won all important toss as Stars lost their key player Johnson Charles early in the innings. Andre Fletcher scored 26 runs but failed to kick-on. The whole batting lineup got starts and then gave their wickets away as Stars could only manage 132 runs on the board at the end of their innings.
Trinbago Knight Riders are off to the best start possible while St Lucia will have to improve in all departments to turn things around in the competition.