CPL 2016- Best fifth wicket stand in the history of T20 cricket
Caribbean Premier League 2016 is on its way as per the set schedule. The biggest domestic T20 event by the West Indian Cricket board is no short of any world class event. With a total of six sides battling for the title CPL 2016 has already witnessed some thrillers. Although it’s only the fourth day of the league, Cricket fans are already loving it. And why should not they be loving, T20 cricket and West Indies have some deep connections. In fact CPL 2016 edition is a lot more interesting mainly because of the inclusion of various T20 stars. Players like Brendon McCullum, Ab de Villiers and Hashim Amla are adding charm to the league this time.
Coming on the matches so far played in CPL 2016, the third game played between Trinbago Knight Riders and Barbados Tridents had all of it. Two of the star-studded sides were expected to produce something out of the box and they did not disappoint. In the end Trinbago Knight Riders finished setting up the best fifth wicket stand in cricket history. Batting first, the modified version of IPL’s Kolkata Knight Riders, Trinbago were struggling at the beginning. Having lost four wickets inside the power play phase, Knight Riders were not expected to go much further. However, Hashim Amla and Dwayne Bravo put up a world record best fifth wicket stand to rescue the side. The pair made 150 runs off 92 balls together. This was the ever best fifth wicket stand in T20 cricket history.
Hashim Amla scored 81 runs from 54 balls with some serious hitting in the end. While his partner DJ Bravo concluded a well-constructed inning on 66*. Furthermore this was also the third highest ever partnership stand in Caribbean Premier League history. Both Trinbago Knight Riders and Barbados Tridents have some of the best T20 players in the world. At one end there are Hashim Amla, DJ Bravo, Brendon McCullum and Shoiab Malik. While in Barbados player like AB de Villiers, Kieron Pollard and Umar Akmal are playing.
With a target of 170 on the board, Trinbago Knight Riders were still uncertain of the victory. However eventually Barbados Tridents could only manage to score 159/8 in 20 overs. Even AB de Villiers could not help to handle the rising required run rate with wickets falling. Knight Riders notched up their first win of the tournament courtesy world record best fifth wicket stand.
Summary of the Match:
Trinbago Knight Riders 170/5 (Amla 81, DJ Bravo 66*, Hosein 2/18) beat Barbados Tridents 159/8 (Taylor 37, Pooran 33, Narine 2/21) by 11 runs.