Fletcher’s unbeaten 55-ball 81 only reduced the margin of defeat on a sluggish pitch
Trinbago Knight Riders 158 for 7 (Pollard 41, Seifert 37, Williams 4-24) beat St Lucia Kings 131 for 7 (Fletcher 81*, Rampaul 3-34, Udana 2-32) by 27 runs
Put in to bat, Knight Riders had a sluggish start, punctuated by regular wickets. The lack of pace in the surface meant none of the batters found fluency. The dawdling run rate also led to wickets as they tried to hit out. Knight Riders kept Seifert, who nearly won them the last match, at No. 6 but he was in as early as the 12th over, joining Pollard. While both men were initially unable to find the big hits, their boundary-hitting ability meant the longer they stayed in, the greater the chances for a grandstand finish.
The drama notwithstanding, Knight Riders plundered 77 runs in the last six overs to finish on a high.
Fletcher stayed unbeaten on a 55-ball 81 but in the last quarter of the chase, it was only about reducing the margin of defeat.
Saurabh Somani is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo