Caribbean Premier League: Umar Akmal Dents St Lucia Zouks Home Run
Umar Akmal slammed a half-century for Trinbago Knight Riders to end St Lucia Zouks' winning run at home in Caribbean Premier League
Umar Akmal struck a match-winning 73 for Knight Riders
Knight Riders have a chance to make it to CPL knockouts
Jamaica Tallawahs have already qualified for the knockouts
Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal struck a brilliant 73 as Trinbago Knight Riders ended St Lucia Zouks home run in a Caribbean Premier League match in Gros Islet on Tuesday. The three-wicket win with six balls to spare keeps Trinbago Knight Riders in hunt for a knockout berth.
The win brings Knight Riders level on points with St Lucia Zouks. Both teams, joint third, have eight points from eight matches. Jamaica Tallawahs (13 points from eight matches) have already qualified for the knockouts while Guyana Amazon Warriors (10 points from eight games) are second.
Akmal smashed an unbeaten 73 off 35 balls to rescue the Knight Riders who were deep trouble at 63 for five in 10 overs. Zouks were in good position to defend their 167 for six wickets, but Akmal's fireworks dramatically changed the script.
Akmal reached his 50 off 27 balls and singled out Jerome Taylor for some harsh treatment - hitting the retired West Indian pacer for three sixes and a four at one stage.
Brief scores: St Lucia Zouks 167/6 (Darren Sammy 37, Dwayne Bravo 2/34) lost to Trinbago Knight Riders 168/7 (Umar Akmal 73, Delorn Johnson 3/22) by three wickets.