Tuesday 21 August, 2018

Knight Riders beat St Lucia Stars by 101 runs

Ramdin hit 50 off only 27 balls in the Knight Riders win

Ramdin hit 50 off only 27 balls in the Knight Riders win

The Trinbago Knight Riders started the defence of their Hero Caribbean Premier League title with an impressive 101-run win over the St Lucia Stars in the opening match of the 2018 tournament at the Queen’s Park Oval.

Colin Munro hit 68 off 48 balls, while Denesh Ramdin hit a scintillating 50 not out off 27 balls to pace the Knight Riders to a ground-record 195/6 in their 20 overs.

Chasing a record 196 for victory, St Lucia Stars opened with 35 off 16 balls before the wickets started to tumble.

The Knight Riders took six wickets for 18 runs in only 30 balls as the Stars fell from 35 without loss to 53-6.

Fawad Ahmed took two wickets off the seventh over while Ali Khan, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine and Javon Searles all took a wicket apiece as the Knight Riders ripped through the Stars middle order.

Ahmed, who replaced Shadab Khan in the Knight Riders squad, ended with 3/16 in his four overs as the St Lucia Stars could not find a reply to the Knight Riders bowling attack.

The Stars eventually ended on 95 all with 15 balls unused, their 12th match without a win in the Caribbean Premier League.

The Knight Riders face the Jamaica Tallawahs at the Queen’s Park Oval on Friday, while the Stars are up against the Guyana Amazon Warriors on Saturday at Providence.

On Match Day 2, the Amazon Warriors open their 2018 campaign on Thursday night against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Providence.

Summarized scores: Trinbago Knight Riders 195/6 off 20 overs (Munro 68, Ramdin 50 not out; Pollard 2/22, Williams 2/28) vs St Lucia Stars 95 all out (Fletcher 19; Bravo 3/11, Ahmed 3/16). Knight Riders won by 101 runs