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Colin Munro blitz help Knight Riders chase 173

Colin Munro (left) attempts a reverse sweep against Barbados Tridents.
Colin Munro (left) attempts a reverse sweep against Barbados Tridents.
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Trinbago Knight Riders 173-3 (Munro 68) beat
Barbados Tridents 172-4 (Malik 47) by seven wickets
16th match, Caribbean Premier League
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Colin Munro smashed an 39-ball 68 as Trinbago Knight Riders chased down 173 against the Barbados Tridents in the 18th over with seven wickets in hand in game 16 of the Caribbean Premier League in Barbados.

Trinbago Knight Riders won the toss and elected to field first. The Barbados Tridents openers got off to a sedate start reaching 32 for naught in the powerplay.

Steven Taylor (13) was the first to be dismissed after holing out to long-off in the seventh over and with a couple of boundaries from AB de Villiers (45), Barbados Tridents reached 66 for two in 10 overs.

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De Villiers and Shoaib Malik (47) added 60 runs for the second wicket off 44 deliveries before the latter was castled by Dwayne Bravo (2-34) in the 15th over.

However, Kieron Pollard (41 not out) played a superb 20-ball cameo which included three boundaries and as many sixes as he along with support from de Villiers took the total to 172 for four in the 20 overs.

The Trinbago Knight Riders decided to open the innings with William Perkins (23) and the move almost paid off as the swashbuckling left-hander smashed three boundaries and a six in the first three overs before he was dismissed by Wayne Parnell (2-41).

Munro (68) went on to smash four sixes and two boundaries in the next four overs while Hashim Amla (31) provided stability at the other end.

The New Zealand all-rounder reached his fifty off 27 deliveries and by the end of 12th over, Trinbago Knight Riders reached 113 for one, needing another 60 to win. With back-to-back sixes in the 14th over from Munro, the required-run-rate came down to six per over.

Even though, Barbados Tridents picked the wickets of Munro and Amla, cameos from Denesh Ramdin (12 not out) and Bravo (23 not out) ensured they reached the target with seven wickets in hand in 17.4 overs. Munro was awarded the man of the match for his blistering knock.

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