Dwayne Bravo's cameo helps Trinbago Knight Riders edge Jamaica Tallawahs in last-ball thriller

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Dwayne Bravo struck five sixes off just 11 deliveries at Lauderhill, Florida.

Colin Munro and Dwayne Bravo were the stars in Trinbago Knight Riders’ thrilling last-ball win over the Jamaica Tallawahs in their Caribbean Premier League (CPL) clash in Florida on Sunday.

With three runs needed off the last ball, Knight Riders’ Javon Searles smashed Oshane Thomas for a boundary over extra-cover to pull off a dramatic four-wicket win for his side.

Earlier, New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips (80) and South Africa’s David Miller (72) combined together to help the Tallawahs post 182-5 in their 20 overs after they were made to bat first Dwayne Bravo.

The two half-centurions helped resurrect a floundering Tallawahs innings as the side went on to score 124 runs off the final 10 overs.

In reply, the Knight Riders got off to a horror start with openers Sunil Narine (0) and Chris Lynn (2) dismissed inside 13 deliveries. Brendon McCullum (8) soon fell before his New Zealand compatriot Munro (67) stitched a 107-run stand for the fourth wicket with Darren Bravo (50).

Phillips and Millers shored up Jamaica's innings.

Phillips and Miller shored up Jamaica’s innings.

It was Dwayne Bravo’s cameo though, which ultimately helped the Knight Riders reach the finish line. The Knight Riders skipper smashed 36 runs off just 11 deliveries with the help of five towering sixes before Searles scored the winning runs off the final delivery.

This was the Knight Riders’ third victory in five matches and has propelled them to second spot in the table behind Guyana Amazon Warriors. The Jamaica Tallawahs dropped down to third spot on the basis of net run-rate although they have the same number of wins in five matches as the Knight Riders.

BRIEF SCORES

Jamaica Tallawahs: 182-5 (20 overs)

Glenn Phillips: 80 (55)

David Miller: 72 (34)

Trinbago Knight Riders: 184-6 (20 overs)

Colin Munro: 67 (51)

Darren Bravo: 50 (35)

Imad Wasim: 2-17 (four overs)

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