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Gayle knock goes in vain as McCullum, Bravo help Knight Riders maintain winning streak

Darren Bravo in action for Knight Riders
Darren Bravo in action for Knight Riders
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Trinbago Knight Riders 88-2 (McCullum 40no) beat
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 162-3 (Gayle 93) by eight wickets DLS
22nd match, Caribbean Premier League, Warner Park

A majestic 93 run knock from Chris Gayle went in vain as Brendon McCullum and Darren Bravo helped Trinbago Knight Riders chase down 88 runs in the revised six overs in the rain hit Caribbean Premier League game at Warner Park.

Knight Riders won the toss and decided to bowl first. As Gayle (93) was settling at one end, Evin Lewis (39) went berserk and scored 33 out of the 43 runs, Patriots scored in the first four overs.

His 14-ball masterful innings was ended by Sunil Narine (1-36) in the fifth over and soon a rain delay reduced the game to 18 overs. As Gayle was stepping up the accelerator with two sixes and a boundary, at the end of the eight over, the game was interrupted by rain once again, this time becoming a 13 over encounter.

After completing a 33 ball fifty, Gayle made the final overs his own and almost pulled off an incredible century before he was dismissed in the final over but Patriots completed the innings strong at 162 for three in the 13 overs.

Despite losing Sunil Narine (5) and Colin Munro (1) early in the innings, Knight Riders' hopes were kept alive by McCullum (40 not out), who dominated the initial overs with his 14-ball cameo.

A third rain delay meant, Knight Riders had a revised target of 88 runs from six overs, that is another 54 runs from 17 deliveries. Bravo (38 not out) started the innings with a hat-trick of sixes as he and McCullum ensured, they completed the chase with four deliveries to spare.

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