Umar Akmal fireworks lift Trinbago Knight Riders to third place
Umar Akmal struck an unbeaten 35-ball 73 as Trinbago Knight Riders climbed to the third spot in the 2016 Caribbean Premier League by chasing a target of 168 runs in 19 overs to claim a crucial three-wicket victory over St Lucia Zouks in the 24th match in Gros Islet.
Trinbago Knight Riders opted to bowl first after winning the toss. In the fourth over of the innings, Dwayne Bravo (2-34) took a spectacular catch at mid-off, but Anton Devcich (0-32) overstepped, giving Johnson Charles (27) a life.
Charles and Andre Fletcher (25) took St Lucia Zouks to 47 for naught in the powerplay phase.
Fletcher and Charles fell in consecutive overs as St Lucia Zouks were restricted to 74 for two at the halfway mark.
In the next five overs, Trinbago Knight Riders conceded just 33 runs and accounted for the wicket of Michael Hussey (12).
St Lucia Zouks lost Grant Elliott (12), Shane Watson (32) and Kyle Mayers (6) in the final five overs, but Darren Sammy (37 not out) stayed unbeaten and struck three fours and two sixes to guide the team to a total of 167 for six in 20 overs.
Brendon McCullum (3) and William Perkins (11) perished in the powerplay during the chase, but Colin Munro (21) hit four boundaries to push the Trinbago Knight Riders to 38 for two after six overs.
Things turned for the worse as Munro and Denesh Ramdin (4) fell in the seventh over while Bravo (4) was sent back to the hut in the 10th, leaving Trinbago Knight Riders at 64 for five at the halfway mark.
Two more tight overs later, Akmal (73 not out) and Devcich (25) combined to score 35 runs from the 13th and 14th overs, giving the chase the much needed momentum.
Devcich fell in the 15th over, but Akmal completed a 27-ball fifty and went on to strike three sixes and a four in the 17th over.
Along with a cameo from Sunil Narine (17), Akmal guided Trinbago Knight Riders to a three-wicket win in 19 overs.
Trinbago Knight Riders moved up to the third place in the table while St Lucia Zouks dropped to fourth. Akmal was the man of the match.
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