Spinners, Bravo end Guyana Amazon Warriors' winning streak
Trinbago Knight Riders spinners shared five wickets between them while Dwayne Bravo chipped away with a crucial all-round contribution to secure a seven-run victory for his team against Guyana Amazon Warriors in game 11 of the Caribbean Premier League 2016.
Earlier, it was Hashim Amla's 54-ball 64 that laid the platform for Trinbago Knight Riders' total of 151 for four in the 20 overs.
Guyana Amazon Warriors won the toss and decided to field first with an unchanged line-up. Trinbago Knight Riders brought Denesh Ramdin and Ramnaresh Sarwan in their XI for the first time in the tournament along with Anton Devcich, who replaced the injured Brendon McCullum.
Amla (64) scored a couple of boundaries in the third over to get going but Devcich (7) was struggling during his 13-ball stay and was dismissed by Rayad Emrit (2-32) in the fifth over.
Colin Munro (18) added 42 runs for the second wicket with Amla before the New Zealand all-rounder was caught by Veerasammy Permaul (1-29) off his own bowling.
Amla brought yet another fifty in the tournament off 43 deliveries, but the Guyana Amazon Warriors were in complete control of the game restricting Trinbago Knight Riders to 112 for two in 17 overs.
The arrival of Dwayne Bravo (25) changed the complexion of the game as he struck three sixes and a boundary during his eight-ball stay. His knock along with a cameo from Ramdin (9 not out) added 39 runs in the last three overs to ensure the Knight Riders finished at 151 for four in the 20 overs.
Devcich (2-17) opened the bowling for the Trinbago Knight Riders and in the very first over, he had Dwayne Smith (0) caught at long-off.
Chris Lynn (21) struck three boundaries in the second over to inject some momentum in the innings but he was Devcich's second victim after holing out to deep mid-wicket in the fifth over. By the halfway mark, Guyana were positioned at 61 for two, needing 91 more runs to win.
The pressure got the better of the home team as they lost the next three wickets in four overs and were reduced to 79 for five allowing the required run rate to cross 12.
Despite, wickets tumbling at one end, Martin Guptill (50) brought up his half-century with a couple of sixes but soon fell in the 19th over from Bravo (2-33).
With 28 runs needed off the final nine deliveries, Permaul (18) struck a boundary, but immediately after that heavy rain lashed out at Providence Stadium delaying play for over 30 minutes.
When the play resumed, Permaul went berserk plundering Bravo for a boundary and a six to bring down the target to 14 runs off the final over.
However, Kevon Cooper (2-33) bowled a splendid final over where he conceded just six runs and picked the key wicket of Permaul to secure a seven-run victory for the Trinbago Knight Riders.
The win has taken the Knight Riders to the third spot while Guyana continue to maintain their top position despite the defeat which is their first in the tournament.
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