Shadab shines again in CPL
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC:
Pakistani Shadab Khan grabbed Man-of-the-Match honours for the second straight game as Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) beat St Lucia Stars for the second time in four days in the Caribbean Premier League here Monday night.
Chasing 119 for victory at Queen's Park Oval, TKR recovered from a dire position of 75 for six in the 10th over to reach their target in the 16th, and register a comfortable four-wicket win in the end.
Shadab emerged as the unlikely batting hero, stroking an unbeaten 30 off 33 balls with a four and a six in an unbroken seventh-wicket stand of 45 with Barbadian Javon Searles who finished on 27 not out off 21 deliveries with two fours and two sixes.
Former West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford had wrecked the top order to end with four for 24 from four overs, leaving the Stars with a chance to win their first game.
TKR were 33 for one in the third over after losing Sunil Narine cheaply for 11 in the second over but Shillingford's introduction rocked the innings as four wickets tumbled for 19 runs in the space of 21 deliveries.
However, Shadab showed his worth with the bat in defying the Stars attack while Scantlebury flexed his muscle to lash two sixes and a four off the 16th over to end the game swiftly.
Earlier, opener Andre Fletcher struck a top score of 40 while captain Darren Sammy chipped in with 25, as Stars mustered a paltry 118 for nine off their 20 overs after being sent in.
Kevon Cooper claimed three for 21 and captain and fellow medium pacer Dwayne Bravo, two for 33, but Shadab once again played a key role, producing a stingy spell one of one for 16 from his four overs.
TKR had crushed Stars by nine wickets in the tournament opener last Friday in Gros Islet.