Pollard all-round excellence makes it nine out of nine for dominant TKR
Trinbago Knight Riders reified their invincible status in the tournament with yet another victory to stretch their unbeaten streak to nine games in a row as St Lucia Zouks were consigned to a 23-run defeat.
Trinbago's clinical show was architected by a splendid performance with both bat and ball from skipper Kieron Pollard, who has been the key to the team's constant successes.
Although the Knight Riders had already established their top position in the six-team table, they were once again rampant and prevented the opposition from making significant progress.
St Lucia looked on course during the first half of their chase before Pollard scythed through the line-up with his subtle pace variations to completely shift the momentum towards Trinbago.
Mark Deyal and Andre Fletcher's steady 59-run stand came to an end when the former failed to pick an off-cutter and mistimed it to Jayden Seales.
The killer blow came soon after when the aggressive Fletcher fell to the guile of the 33-year-old Caribbean star as Pollard escorted the batsman halfway back to the dugout as part of his celebrations.
Mohammad Nabi had slammed a couple of maximums to breathe life into the Zouks' innings but was deceived by Pollard's slower cutter to hand him his third wicket.
There were not enough fireworks from St Lucia's lower order to keep up with the climbing asking rate as the economical Dwayne Bravo finished strongly to condemn them to 152-7.
The first innings was also dominated by Pollard, who provided late impetus to Trinbago Knight Riders, giving them the necessary surge to reach 175-5 in their 20 overs.
He tonked three sixes and three fours in his sparkling knock but was dismissed eight runs short of his fifty in the penultimate over of the innings.
The top-scorer for Trinbago was Darren Bravo as the left-handed batsman calmly played the anchor role and accelerated in the final overs to make an impressive 42-ball 50.
Trinbago will be keen to take their superlative form into the knockout stages and hope to avoid going down the same route as last year's runners-up Guyana Amazon Warriors, who ended second-best despite winning 11 games in a row.