24th Match (N), Gros Islet, Jul 26 2016, Caribbean Premier League
T&T Riders won by 3 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
player of the match
Umar Akmal
Trinbago Knight Riders
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Akmal inspires Knight Riders to vital win

Umar Akmal's brilliant fightback secured a crucial three-wicket win over St Lucia Zouks to draw Trinbago Knight Riders level in third place with the Zouks on eight points

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Scorecard summary
St Lucia Zouks167/6(20 overs)
Trinbago Knight Riders168/7(19 overs)
end of over 199 runs • 1 wicket
TKR: 168/7CRR: 8.84  • Need 0 from 6b
Kevon Cooper2 (2)
Umar Akmal73 (35)
Delorn Johnson4-0-22-3
Shane Watson4-0-43-0

9.50pm: The CPL caravan now moves to Florida. Jamaica Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle has thrown his support behind making a USA leg an annual part of the Caribbean Premier League's schedule. Until next time, goodbye and cheers. Thanks for reading.

9.35pm: From 63 for 5 and then 114 for 6, Knight Riders have won with an over to spare. They move to third, displacing Zouks. The hosts, however, take a lap of honour and thank the big crowd.


Sammy: Halfway through the match, we were pretty happy with the total and confident we could have got it home. I don't think we executed our plans as well as we did in the last three games, but Umar played well. We were beaten by a blinder of an innings. Catches win matches and we dropped three. That was tough. We are still in with a chance. We play Jamaica twice in Florida. We are still in a good space and will press forward. Would have been nice to make it four out of four. I want to thank the crowd on the behalf of the Zouks team.

Bravo: Brilliant comeback. Congrats to Umar Akmal, words can't explain that innings. 65 for 5, we had messed it up earlier. You would not want your best bowler [Narine] to bowl only three overs, but the game plan that time was to bowl full and wide with the seamers.

Umar Akmal, Man of the Match: I was confident of chasing it down. I wanted to play positively and this is one of my favourite grounds. I have played in World T20 here.

Johnson to Cooper, 2 runs

full and just a shade outside off, Cooper drives it past the covers to seal Knight Riders' win. Umar does the sajdah and kisses the turf. Quality innings. Match-winning innings

Johnson to Cooper, no run

floaty full toss on middle, leading-edged to the covers


Johnson to Narine, OUT

knocked 'em over. Too late for Zouks? Good length, straightens past the outside edge and hits the top of off stump. Narine has done his job

Sunil Narine b Johnson 17 (12b 0x4 2x6) SR: 141.66
Johnson to Umar Akmal, 1 run

wide yorker, squirted into the covers off the toe end

Johnson to Umar Akmal, SIX runs

Bam! full and outside off, Umar smokes it high and over midwicket. Sammy throws his head back in despair

Johnson to Umar Akmal, no run

overpitched and outside off, driven to extra cover

Knight Riders need only nine off 12 balls

end of over 1814 runs
TKR: 159/6CRR: 8.83 RRR: 4.50 • Need 9 from 12b
Sunil Narine17 (11)
Umar Akmal66 (32)
Shane Watson4-0-43-0
Jerome Taylor3-0-38-1
Watson to Narine, SIX runs

banged in short on middle, Narine is ready for it. He middles a pull and finds a six over backward square leg

Watson to Narine, SIX runs

take that! Length and outside off, Narine slugs it across the line, depositing the ball over midwicket

Watson to Narine, 2 runs

pitched up and outside off, Narine scythes it to sweeper cover

Watson to Narine, no run

full toss outside off, driven to extra cover

Watson to Narine, no run

another swing and miss outside off

Watson to Narine, no run

full slower one, hits the pad, as Narine slogs early and misses


end of over 1723 runs
TKR: 145/6CRR: 8.52 RRR: 7.67 • Need 23 from 18b
Umar Akmal66 (32)
Sunil Narine3 (5)
Jerome Taylor3-0-38-1
Daren Sammy4-0-29-1
Taylor to Umar Akmal, FOUR runs

Has deep midwicket dropped the match? Full toss on off, Umar has a roundhouse swipe at it. He hits it in the air to the fielder's right. Bursts through the hands of the diving fielder

Taylor to Umar Akmal, no run

very full and outside off, Umar swings and misses

Taylor to Umar Akmal, 1 wide

full and speared wide outside off, Umar reaches out and topples over. But it's past the tramline

Taylor to Umar Akmal, no run

wide yorker, squeezed out to backward point

Taylor to Umar Akmal, SIX runs

strike three! Back of a length and outside off, Umar nails a pull over midwicket and finds another six. Waited for the slower one and cracked it

Taylor to Umar Akmal, SIX runs

full and outside off, Umar takes it on, lofting it with great authority over long-off. Taylor missed the yorker and paid the penalty

Taylor to Umar Akmal, SIX runs

full and straight, picked up and lifted over midwicket for six. Umar brings up his fifty off 27 balls

Rain in the air. The umbrellas go up in the stands. Groundstaff getting ready by the edge of the boundary. Knight Riders 11 behind D/L par score at this stage.

Taylor returns. Round the wicket

end of over 164 runs
TKR: 122/6CRR: 7.62 RRR: 11.50 • Need 46 from 24b
Umar Akmal44 (26)
Sunil Narine3 (5)
Daren Sammy4-0-29-1
Delorn Johnson3-0-13-2
Sammy to Umar Akmal, 1 run

too straight in line, twirled to deep square leg

Match details
Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
TossTrinbago Knight Riders, elected to field first
SeriesCaribbean Premier League
Player Of The Match
Umar Akmal
Umar Akmal
Hours of play (local time)18.00 start, First Session 18.00-19.30, Interval 19.30-19.50, Second Session 19.50-21.20
Match days26 July 2016 - night(20-over match)
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Johan Cloete
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Patrick Gustard
TV Umpire
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Zahid Bassarath
Match Referee
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Denavon Hayles
PointsTrinbago Knight Riders 2, St Lucia Zouks 0