CPL 2017 1st Match: Munro, McCullum demolish St Lucia Stars

Munro clubbed seven boundaries and three sixes during his unbeaten knock of 66

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The Trinbago Knight Riders got their Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign off to a terrific start as the New Zealand duo of Colin Munro and Brendon McCullum led to them to a nine-wicket win over the St Lucia Stars.

Munro smashed a fantastic 66 not out, while former New Zealand captain McCullum hammered an unbeaten 58.

Opting to bowl first, the Knight Riders got rid of Johnson Charles and Kamran Akmal early on to leave the Stars struggling at 27/2 in the fourth over.

However, just as the Stars were beginning to rebuild their innings, Marlon Samuels fell for 13, while Andre Fletcher followed soon after for 26.

With the Stars continuing to lose wickets in a hurry, Kyle Mayers struck a 15-ball 23 to help his side finish on 132/9 off their 20 overs.

Captain Dwayne Bravo and Shadab Khan picked up two wickets apiece, while Kevon Cooper, Ronsford Beaton and Khary Pierre chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 133 to win, Knight Riders opener Sunil Narine was clean bowled for a duck by Jerome Taylor on the sixth ball of the innings.

However, that was all the success the Stars would have as Munro and McCullum finished things off with an unbeaten 132-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries.

McCullum provided plenty of entertainment at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia

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Munro ended up making 66 off 39 balls, which included seven boundaries and three sixes, while McCullum remained undefeated on 58 off 27 deliveries, which included two boundaries and seven sixes.

Taylor was the only bowler to take a wicket for the Stars.

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