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TKR clear at top after win over Patriots

Published:Wednesday | August 16, 2017 | 12:00 AM

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC:

Denesh Ramdin struck an unbeaten half-century as Trinbago Knight Riders pulled off a four-wicket win over St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and end the visitors' three-match unbeaten run on Monday night.

In pursuit of 159 for victory at Queen's Park Oval, the tournament leaders were stumbling at 89 for five in the 14th over, but recovered through Ramdin's superb 59 not out, to reach their target with three balls to spare.

New Zealander Colin Munro chimed in with 36 while Afghan off-spinner Mohammad Nabi (2-12) and leg-spinner Samuel Badree (2-14) picked up two wickets apiece.

Patriots had earlier posted 158 for seven off their 20 overs after being sent in, with opener Shamarh Brooks striking 37 and fellow Barbadian Jonathan Carter, 31.

Champion off-spinner Sunil Narine was the best bowler with two for 26.

The victory was TKR's fifth in six outings, and it saw them take a giant step towards the play-offs, moving four points clear at the top of the standings on 10 points.

Patriots remained second on six points.

The visitors were hurt by the early loss of talismanic opener Chris Gayle when the left-hander nicked one from Narine to be caught at slip by captain Dwayne Bravo for four with the score on 14 for one in the third over.