Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) leaders Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) will battle the Barbados Tridents tonight at 8 pm, in an attempt to extend their lead at the top of the standings.
The defending champions were brutal on Wednesday night as the host hammered the Guyana Amazon Warriors by 67 runs in the team eight-round encounter at the Queen's Park Oval in Port-of-Spain.
The win took TKR to 12 points from eight matches, with two to go before the preliminaries end and the playoffs start. Tonight TKR will be seeking to get the better of the visiting Tridents, which they easily defeated in Barbados two Sundays ago. A win tonight will guarantee them a top-two finish and will give them two chances at making the final which is carded for September 16 in Trinidad at the Brian lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, San Fernando.
TKR skipper Dwayne Bravo says that the approach will be similar to the one against the Amazon Warriors. "We had a great game against the Warriors and the mindset will be the same going up against the Tridents. In the Guyana game, we got a good start through Colin Munro and we did well with the ball too, Ali Khan was excellent. Munro is our best batsmen, he's very consistent, he's hungry for success and its good to have international players who are committed to the team and committed to winning and that's what we want from overseas players."
Meanwhile, the consistent Colin Munroe batted beautifully on Wednesday night scoring a brilliant 90 to take the TKR to a battling total of 170/7 batting first. He and Denesh Ramdin posted a 135-run second wicket partnership after the early loss of Chris Lyn that brought the home team back into the contest, in front of a massive crowd at the Oval.
Munro was brutal as Guyana bowled into his areas and he was not afraid to play his shots. He hammered the bowling to all parts of the grounds he slapped four sixes and 10 fours much to the delight of the red army. Ramdin scored 39 off 36 balls with four fours and a six and when he fell the wheels came off a bit.
Munroe with a century looming fell to Romario Shepherd in the midst of a good spell from the Guyanese pacer. His 90 came off 56 balls and he is now the highest boundary hitter in this year's CPL with 62.
Shepherd brought Guyana back into the match with three wickets as TKR was poised to score over 200. At 136/1 in the 16th over they promised much but in the end, could only take the score to 170/7. This looked around 15 to 25 runs short but the TKR bowlers led by Muhammad Ali Khan was perfect on the night. The pacer ripped out three batsmen for 22 runs to move to 14 for the tournament, the highest by any TKR player. There were also two wickets apiece for Bravo and the spin twins Khary Pierre and Fawad Ahmed. Sunil Narine finally came into his own and 1/15 off his four overs.