The Qualifier 2 of 2017 Caribbean Premier League saw leaders Trinbago overcome Guyana by six wickets played at Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad. The home come back strongly after a blip suffered against St Kitts and Nevis in the Qualifier played a few days back.
The game had its fair share of twists and turns, Knight Riders eventually came out on top courtesy of splendid half century from New Zealand’s Colin Munro. The left-handed batsman scored 57 runs to see Trinbago chase down a target of 160 runs set by Guyana.
Sunil Narine was trapped right in front by left-arm quick Sohail Duck for a first-ball duck. Newbie Hamza Tariq also fell departed after scoring just 10 runs. Darren Bravo came to the crease and provided stability to the Trinbago’s run chase. The left-hander added 85 runs with Munro for the third wicket to see the hosts take control of the game. Bravo played well for his 27-ball 43 runs and struck four sixes in his innings.
Guyana relied heavily on Rashid Khan to weave his magic with his leg spin but could only manage one wicket of Dwayne Bravo from his four overs. He did create a crucial chance for Guyana as Rayad Emrit put down the catch of Colin Munro that proved to be a defining moment in the game. Dinesh Ramdin played a nice cameo of 18 runs to see Trinbago complete the run-chase in 18th over of the innings.
Earlier, Warriors simply could not replicate their performance from the last game. The side looked weary after playing back to back games in the competition. Narine got rid of makeshift opener Tanvir whose bad run at the top continued in this game as well. Chadwick Walton played a sedate innings of 37 runs despite striking three sixes in his innings. He added 47 runs with Luke Ronchi to stabilize the innings. Dwayne Bravo got rid of Ronchi at critical juncture while Narine also had Walton stumped by Ramdin to see Guyana lose their key players. Gajanand Singh and Roshon Primus put together 65 runs to see the side register 159 runs on the board after full quota of overs.
Colin Munro was named man of the match for his splendid batting performance for Trinbago. Dwayne Bravo captaincy was spot-on in the game as he made bowling changes at key moments to see his side seal a place in the finals against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Saturday for the CPL title.