Ramdin fires Knight Riders to knockouts with sensational win

In a match full of twists and turns, Denesh Ramdin (59 not out) emerged as the talisman for Trinbago Knight Riders, as the home side pulled off a stunning four-wicket win over St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in a Caribbean Premier League match played on Tuesday (August 15). As a result of Knight Riders’ come-from-behind win, the franchise have guaranteed themselves a place in the knockouts.

In pursuit of 159, Knight Riders were struggling at 89 for 5 in the 14th over. Ramdin, however, stitched a crucial stand of 41 with Dwayne Bravo (20) to keep the home side afloat. Javon Searles (12 not out) and Ramdin then clobbered Carlos Brathwaite for two sixes and a four in the penultimate over to more or less seal the match. From needing 50 off four overs, the equation for Knight Riders came down to 3 off the last six balls. In the final over, Ramdin smashed Hasan Ali for a boundary to help the hosts cross the finishing line with three balls to spare.

Ramdin’s contribution to Knight Riders’s win can be capsulised by the fact that the 2015 champions had lost three wickets in the first seven overs. Brathwaite, the all-rounder, made the initial incision when he dislodged Sunil Narine for five. Brendon McCullum (16) and Colin Munro (36) tried to resurrect the innings before the former fell to Nabi.

Despite losing Darren Bravo for just one, Munro combined accumulation with the occasional boundary to keep the scorecard ticking over. However, Hasan showed his athletic skills to pluck a catch at cover to remove Munro. Ramdin then flung open the doors for a comeback by launching Tabraiz Shamsi for two sixes in the 15th over.

At that crucial stage of the match, Hasan again showed his impressive fielding skills by running out Bravo (snr) with a direct-hit. Ramdin and Searles, however, cracked a stream of shots in the slog overs to steer the home side. St. Kitts and Nevis would rue the fact that Brandon King dropped Ramdin in the ninth over. It was also curious to note that Nabi and Samuel Badree, the two best bowlers on the day for the visitors, bowled just three and two overs, respectively.

Earlier, Shamarh Brooks (37) and Jonathan Carter (31) played vital hands to pilot St. Kitts and Nevis to a useful total on a slow track. Narine bagged two scalps for Knight Riders, while Kevon Cooper, Shadab Khan and Bravo (snr) took one scalp each. Knight Riders have won five out of their six matches so far, while St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots have lost all their five games.

Brief scores: St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots 158/7 in 20 overs (Shamarh Brooks 37; Sunil Narine 2-26) lost to Trinbago Knight Riders 161/6 in 19.3 overs (Denesh Ramdin 59*, Colin Munro 36; Mohammad Nabi 2-12) by 4 wickets.

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