In the first semi-final match of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Saint Lucia Kings defeated Trinbago Knight Riders by 21 runs to enter the final. Playing first, St Lucia Kings scored a mammoth score of 205 for the loss of four wickets, in reply Trinbago Knight Riders were reduced to 184 runs in 19.3 overs. David Wiese was adjudged the player of the match for his tremendous all-round performance (34 runs and 5 wickets).
Earlier, St Lucia Kings won the toss and decided to bat which proved to be absolutely correct. In the second match in a row, the team had to go without Faf du Plessis, who is currently battling his injury. Andre Fletcher once again captained in his place.
St Lucia, who came out to bat first, did not have a good start and opener Rahkim returned to the Cornwall pavilion on the score of just one run. This was followed by a brilliant 73-run partnership between captain Andre Fletcher and Mark Dayal for the second wicket. However, the surprising thing is that during this period, Fletcher scored only four runs and the remaining runs were scored by Mark Dayal.
After Fletcher’s dismissal, Mark Dayal shared a 54-run partnership with Roston Chase for the third wicket. During this, Mark Dayal scored 78 runs in just 44 balls with the help of five fours and six sixes and Roston Chase played an innings of 36 runs.
Great partnership between Tim David and David Wiese
In the end, David Wiese and Tim David shared a 75-run partnership for the fifth wicket to take their team past 200. David Wiese scored 34 not out off 21 balls and Tim David scored 38 not out off 17 balls.
Chasing the target, every batsman of Trinbago Knight Riders got a good start but they could not convert it into a big innings and due to this the team had to face defeat.
Sunil Narine 30, Colin Munro 28, Denesh Ramdin 29, Darren Bravo 25 and finally skipper Kieron Pollard scored 26 runs off 13 balls. In the last four overs, the team needed 47 runs to win, but David Wiese did not allow these runs to be scored by bowling lethal. He took five wickets for 39 runs in four overs.