Twitter Reactions: Sunil Narine takes Trinbago to the top of the table single-handedly

Narine was instrumental in his side's victory as he contributed heavily with both bat and ball

Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine (R) of Trinbago Knight Riders. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20 via Getty Images)

Is he a bowler? Is he a batsman? He is simply the multi-talented Sunil Narine. Nobody knew that the mystery spinner, whose mystery is somewhat solved after the remodeled bowling action until Melbourne Renegades team management decided one day to give the Windian a go at the top of the order. Since then, Narine has been opening for Kolkata Knight Riders continually.

Now, the onus of opening in CPL is also on Narine’s shoulders, and he is doing his job superbly. Not just the quick-fire cameo, Narine on Saturday showed that he is very much capable of securing a victory single-handedly. Owing to the mystery man’s innings, Shah Rukh Khan owned Trinbago Knight Riders are now sitting comfortably at the top of the table.

Winning the toss, TKR skipper Dwayne Bravo went the usual way and decided to bowl first. The Trinbago bowlers did a superb job to restrict the formidable batting lineup of Barbados to only 152 runs. Pakistani veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik played a good knock of 51 while wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran made a quickfire 18 in just 6 deliveries. Tridents’ skipper Pollard found it extremely difficult to get going in this match, after his superb innings against the St Lucia Stars.

Pollard managed to get only 14 runs from 21 deliveries before he was dismissed by the opponent’s skipper ‘champion’ Bravo. Ronsford Beaton was the bowler for the Knight Riders, while Sunil Narine was very effective with the ball as well, though he didn’t manage to pick up a wicket. Narine gave just 14 runs from 4 overs.

153 was never going to be a very difficult chase but it was made difficult by Trinbago middle-order. After McCullum and Munro’s dismissal, Narine and Darren Bravo somewhat stabilized the innings and were cruising towards victory at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Just as the home team’s fans were thinking that the match is all but over, the Tridents bowlers brought them back in the game.

4 wickets fell in a span of just 14 balls as Ramdin, Shadab and Searles all failed to make a mark. The match, which was once looking to be a cake walk for the home team, had now turned into a nail-biter with TKR needing just 2 runs in the last over. However, Kevon Cooper hit Tino Best for a boundary off the very first ball to make sure that they are sitting at the top of the table. Tridents are now 3rd in the table, with two wins and as many losses. Twitterati was very much active during this unexpectedly thrilling match.

Here are some top tweets from the match