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Amla, Bravo script emphatic comeback for Trinbago Knight Riders

Trinbago Knights celebrating their victory over Barbados Tridents.
Trinbago Knights celebrating their victory over Barbados Tridents.

Trinbago Knight Riders 170-5 (Amla 81) beat
Barbados Tridents 159-8 (Taylor 37) by 11 runs
Third match, Caribbean Premier League, Trinidad

Hashim Amla and Dwayne Bravo shared a crucial 150-run stand after a batting collapse following which Trinbago Knight Riders restricted Barbados Tridents to 159 for eight in a chase of 171 to complete a 11-run victory in the third game of the Caribbean Premier League in Trinidad.

Barbados Tridents won the toss and opted to bowl first. The decision paid dividends as Trinbago Knight Riders were reduced to 20 for four inside five overs.

Brendon McCullum (1), Colin Munro (6), Darren Bravo (4) and Umar Akmal (0) all fell for single digit scores.

However, Amla (81) and Dwayne (66 not out) got together and rebuilt the innings with a record 150-run stand for the fifth wicket.

Amla completed a 42-ball fifty in the 16th over while Dwayne brought up his own fifty in 39 balls with two sixes in the 18th. In total, Amla struck five fours and four sixes while Dwayne smashed three fours and four sixes.

Together, they took Trinbago Knight Riders to 170 for five in 20 overs. The stand between Amla and Dwayne was the best fifth wicket partnership in Twenty20 cricket.

In the chase, Kyle Hope (11) and Steven Taylor (37) got off positively with a 41-run opening stand.

Once Hope fell in the sixth over, the run rate was brought down by the bowlers who restricted Barbados Tridents to 66 for one at the halfway mark. In the 11th over, Sunil Narine (2-21) sent Taylor back to the hut.

With the required rate climbing, the pressure was evident and it resulted in the wickets of Shoaib Malik (28), Kieron Pollard (0), AB de Villiers (12) and David Wiese (1) in the space of 10 balls.

From 94 for two, Barbados Tridents fell to 102 for six. Despite Nicholas Pooran’s (33) cameo, Trinbago Knight Riders kept their cool to restrict Barbados Tridents to 159 for eight in 20 overs and secured a 11-run victory. Amla was the man of the match.

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