Barbados Royals’ Kyle Mayers and Corbin Bosch put together a 98-run stand for the second wicket to hand their side an eight-wicket victory over Trinbago Knight Riders in their Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2022 match. Earlier, Mujeeb Ur Rehman had picked up 3/17 as Trinbago were restricted to 132.
The result means Barbados Royals maintain their unbeaten winning streak, making it six wins from six matches in the CPL 2022.
After winning the toss, Barbados Royals opted to field first. Spinners Rahkeem Cornwall and Mujeeb Ur Rahman were unstoppable as four wickets fell in the first seven overs and the Knight Riders struggled to get back into the game.
Nicholas Pooran was the lone warrior for his team with a battling half century but the Knight Riders’ 132 just wasn’t enough in the end.
Needing a touch over 6.5 runs per over, Mayers smashed an entertaining 79 at the Queens Park Oval as the Royals cruised to a comfortable eight wicket win.
Barbados Royals’s bowlers dismissed the Knight Riders top order in the Powerplay itself. Cornwall and debutant Mujeeb Ur Rahman dismissed Tion Webster, Colin Munro and Tim Seifert in quick succession to leave Nicholas Pooran and Kieron Pollard with a huge task on their hands.
When Pollard fell to Rahman after the Powerplay, it looked like the Knight Riders were on their way to an even smaller total but Pooran and Narine stitched a fine partnership to leave the home team well set at 100/4 with five overs still remaining. However, the partnership did not last long.
For the Knight Riders, Daryn Dupavillon clean bowled Cornwall for one run early in the chase. But the leading run scorer of the CPL 2022, Kyle Mayers smashed a blitzkrieg 79 off 35 balls to guide the Royals to the edge of victory. Corbin Bosch and Quinton De Kock then saw out the remaining runs for their sixth straight win.