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Narine scores 79 as Knight Riders complete two wicket nervy win

Trinbago Knight Riders completed another tense win
Trinbago Knight Riders completed another tense win
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Trinbago Knight Riders 155-8 (Narine 79) beat
Barbados Tridents 152-9 (Malik 51) by two wickets
11th match, Caribbean Premier League, Port of Spain

Sunil Narine scored a vital 45-ball 79 as Trinbago Knight Riders sealed a thrilling two wicket victory against Barbados Tridents chasing 153 runs in the 11th match of Caribbean Premier League at Port of Spain.

Chasing 153, Brendon McCullum (4) started the innings with a boundary but was castled by Wayne Parnell (2-26) in the fourth ball of the innings.

Narine (79) tried to inject some momentum but Knight Riders lost their in-form batsman Colin Munro (5) in the fourth over from Shoaib Malik (1-13). At the halfway mark, Knight Riders were positioned 75 for three after losing Darren Bravo (25) as well.

As Narine was holding one end up, Barbados continued to take wickets and apply pressure on the the hosts as even Denesh Ramdin (1) perished cheaply.

A 63 run stand between Narine and Dwayne Bravo (18) arrested the slide and stabilised the innings with the former going past the 50-run mark and soon recorded his highest score in T20 cricket.

Not willing to relent, Barbados created a panic through a triple strike from Shamar Springer (3-32) that saw Dwayne, Javon Searles (9) and Narine but the Knight Riders eventually completed the chase in 19.1 overs with two wickets in hand.

Earlier, knocks from Shoaib Malik (51) and a Kane Williamson (30) 35-ball knock provided a solid platform to Barbados innings but they eventually lost momentum before cameos from Nicholas Pooran (18) and Akeal Hosein (12) lifted them to 152 for nine in their 20 overs.

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