Brendon McCullum comes good with bat as defending Champions Trinbago Knight Riders defeat St.Lucia Zouks by five wickets

The eliminator game in the Caribbean Premier League 2016 took place between in-form St. Lucia Zouks against a side that have been a mix bag this season in form of defending Champions Trinbago Knight Riders at Warner Park, Basseterre.

The game went in favor of defending Champions Trinbago Knight Riders who managed upstage a side on a winning streak, St. Lucia Zouks. The side led by Darren Sammy played well throughout the tournament but the defeat in the game meant that the chances of winning the coveted trophy ended with the game.

Brendon McCullum and Ronsford Beaton were the players who performed well for Knight Riders on the night as Zouks could only manage 164 runs from their 20 overs. Trinbago Knight Riders won the toss and decided to field first. Zouks openers Andre Fletcher and Johnson Charles added 62 runs for the side to give a solid start to the innings. The momentum turned in favor of Knight Riders when Charles was dismissed by Kevon Cooper after scoring a brisk 31 runs off 22 balls. Charles hit two sixes in his short stay at the crease. Trinbago Knight Riders came back into game as they got key wickets of Shane Watson, Michael Hussey and David Miller to put pressure back on the Zouks. Darren Sammy made a quick-fire 40 runs off 20 balls and hit three sixes to take his side to score 164 runs in 20 overs. He was ably supported by late order player Shane Shillingford who played well and hit two sixes to score vital 16 runs till the end. Ronsford Beaton was star with the ball for Trinbago Knight Riders as he picked up 3 wickets and conceded 23 runs in his 4 overs.

Hashim Amla went early in the chase after scoring 10 runs while his partner at the other end, Umar Akmal blazed away at the start to score 30 runs off 15 balls to provide a brisk start to the innings. Akmal eventually was out after scoring 30 runs to leave Trinbago placed in a good position at 57 for 2 after 5 overs. Colin Munro also continued in a similar vein as he struck 18 runs off 10 balls to keep the momentum going. Brendon McCullum had a bad tournament by his standards but came good at the crunch game against Zouks to score an unbeaten 49 runs off 41 balls and help his side win the game by five wickets. McCullum put 51 runs with Dinesh Ramdin to take his side close to the target. Sunil Narine also supported McCullum as he scored unbeaten 22 runs off 14 balls and hit two sixes to help his side win the game against St. Lucia Zouks. Trinbago Knight Riders will now face Jamaica Tallawahs in must win game to see who will join Guyana Amazon Warriors in the finals of Caribbean Premier League 2016.

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