CPL 2017 17th Match: McCullum leads the way as Knight Riders breeze past Amazon Warriors

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Brendon McCullum hugs Denesh Ramdin after leading the Trinbago Knight Riders to victory

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Trinbago Knight Riders opener Brendon McCullum thumped an unbeaten 65 to guide his side to a seven-wicket win over the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

McCullum was well supported by all-rounder Sunil Narine as he took one wicket and conceded just 11 runs from his four overs.

The Knight Riders’ comfortable win keeps them at the top of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) points table, while the Amazon Warriors are in fifth with one win out of their six games.

Choosing to bowl first, the Knight Riders came out firing on all cylinders as they removed Chadwick Walton, captain Martin Guptill and Assad Fudadin in quick succession.

Having been reduced to 39/3 in the seventh over, Jason Mohammed and Gajanand Singh stabilised the innings with a 63-run partnership before Gajanand was caught behind off the bowling of Ronsford Beaton for 27.

Mohammed went on to make 66 not out, which came off 58 balls and included six boundaries and two sixes, as the Amazon Warriors finished on 130/5 off their 20 overs.

Beaton, Khary Pierre, Nikita Miller and Sunil Narine picked up wicket apiece.

Chasing 131 to win, the Knight Riders did not get off to the best of starts as they lost Narine and Colin Munro within the first three overs of the innings.

McCullum and Darren Bravo steadied the ship with a 55-run partnership before Bravo was clean bowled by Rayad Emrit for 27.

Bravo’s dismissal didn’t deter the Knight Riders as McCullum and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin finished things off with an unbeaten 58-run stand, during which McCullum brought up his fifty.

McCullum ended up making 65 off 45 balls, which included four boundaries and four sixes, while Ramdin remained undefeated on 20 off 19 deliveries, which included a boundary and a six.

Emrit, Sohail Tanvir and Veerasammy Permaul claimed one wicket each.

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