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Royals lose sixth CPL match

Royals lose sixth CPL match
Smit Patel (left) and Jason Holder of Barbados Royals unsuccessful appeal against Colin Munro of Trinbago Knight Riders (CPL T20 via Getty Images)

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Trinbago Knight Riders battled to a six-wicket victory in their 2021 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) encounter with Barbados Royals who lost their sixth match this campaign.

The Knight Riders won the toss and opted to field first, which looked like a good decision as the Barbados Royals were restricted to double figures. Kyle Mayers as opener was the only batsman who managed to score anything sizeable against a lethal Knight Riders bowling line-up.

With such a low total to chase, the Knight Riders would have fancied their chances, but had an early scare, losing two wickets in the PowerPlay. However, Colin Munro anchored the innings and take them to victory.

Barbados Royals shuffled their batting order in the last game to great success, so it was no surprise to see Mayers opening once again, scoring a fluent 24 runs off 12 balls.

However, that was to be the highest score of the innings as Knight Riders used spin to undo the Royals; Kharry Pierre, Akeal Hosein and Sunil Narine combining to take seven of the nine wickets that fell, including that of key batsmen Glenn Phillips, Jason Holder and Azam Khan.

Knight Riders started their chase by losing the wicket of Lendl Simmons to the pace of Mohammad Amir, which forced the team to play more cautiously. Munro, Darren Bravo and Tim Seifert carefully accrued runs, and despite losing four wickets, it ended up being a comfortable win for the Knight Riders thanks to Munro’s 41 not out.

Trinbago Knight Riders now have five wins in this year’s Hero CPL and move to the top of the league table. Royals are at the bottom with just two wins from eight matches.

Summarised scores: Trinbago Knight Riders 99-4 (C. Munro 41*, D. Bravo 19; Amir 2-19, J. Bishop 2-20). Barbados Royals 93-9 (K. Mayers 24, Azam Khan 17, Joshua Bishop 17; K. Pierre 3-16, J. Seales 2-12). Knight Riders won by six wickets.  (PR)