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Shadab, Cooper steers Trinbago Knight Riders to four wicket win

Kevon Cooper (left) picked four wickets in the game
Kevon Cooper (left) picked four wickets in the game
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Trinbago Knight Riders 120-6 (Shadab 30no) beat
St Lucia Stars 118-9 (Fletcher 40) by four wickets
Sixth match, Caribbean Premier League, Port of Spain

Kevon Cooper picked a three wicket haul while Shadab Khan came up with an all-round performance to help Trinbago Knight Riders complete a four wicket victory against St Lucia Stars in the sixth match of Caribbean Premier League at Port of Spain.

Knight Riders won the toss and opted to field first. Khary Pierre (1-15) started the proceedings for the home side with a maiden over and in his next over, he trapped Johnson Charles (5) LBW.

Kamran Akmal (17) injected some momentum to take St Lucia to 33 for one at the end of the powerplay. However, he soon became the first of three victim of Cooper (3-21) and at halfway mark, the visitors were positioned 65 for two.

Sunil Narine (1-17), Shadab (1-16), Dwayne Bravo (2-33) and Cooper all were instrumental in the end overs as they picked six wickets in a span of 39 runs to restrict St Lucia to 118 for nine in the 20 overs.

Sunil Narine (11) started the innings positively with a six in the first over but he was soon dismissed by Kyle Mayers (1-10). Brendon McCullum (19) scored three sixes in his nine-ball cameo but a double strike from Shane Shillingford (4-22) saw him and Colin Munro (1) in a span of three deliveries.

Shillingford continued his wicket-taking spree as he accounted for Darren Bravo (1) and Dinesh Ramdin (13) in his next two overs to reduce the hosts to 52 for five.

Despite losing Dwayne (6) also in the next few overs, Shadab (30 not out) played a calm innings and was well supported by Javon Searles (27 not out) as the duo shared an unbeaten 45 run stand to take Trinbago Knight Riders over the line in 15.4 overs with four wickets in hand.

Shadab was also named the man of the match for the second time in a row but this time predominantly for his performance with the bat.

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