TKR moves to the top of the CPL standings

TKR moves to the top of the CPL standings
Brendon McCullum seen here playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Mumbai Indians earlier this year.
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Trinidad and Tobago Knightriders (TKR) has jumped to the top of the standings in the current Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tournament after winning their third match in a row with a four-wicket victory over the Barbados Tridents at Kensington Oval, Barbados on Sunday night.

Chasing 129 for victory, Brendon McCullum’s swash-buckling half century lifted TKR to 130 for six in 16.3 overs.

The result elevated TKR to the top of the standings with eight points on net run rate with four wins and two losses from six matches.

The Knightriders got off to a shaky start as they were reduced to 37 for 3 in the sixth over with Chris Lynn (eight), Sunil Narine (13) and Colin Munro (14) all back in the pavilion.

However, McCullum led the recovery with Captain Dwayne Bravo.

Tridents started off badly as they were reeling at 3 for 3 runs with off-spinner Khary Pierre leading the way with two wickets and a run out.

Pierre got the wickets of Dwayne Smith for two and Steve Smith for a duck and ran out Sharmar Springer also for a duck all in the second over.

Jason Holder and Shai Hope started rebuilding the innings slowly but could only put on 17 before leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed bowled Hope for 42 before Tim Webster was stumped for one.

Holder was caught and bowled by Bravo as the Tridents only got 13 runs off the last two overs as they limped to 128 for eight.

In the other matches Jamaica Tallawahs ended a three-game losing streak when they defeated St. Lucia Stars by 21 runs the night before.

The St. Kitts Patriots got their second win when they beat Guyana Warriors by one run at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia last Friday night. Amazon Warriors made 140 for nine, while the Stars made 141 for four off 18.1 over.

The Stars are now at the bottom of the table with two wins from eight matches and faced elimination for the competition.

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