Trinbago Knight Riders nicks CPL title winning low scoring thriller

 . Last updated on September 11, 2017, 2:42 PM
Trinbago Knight Riders nicks CPL title winning low scoring thriller
Kevon Cooper, the allrounder performer, was the Player of the Match.

The CPL final fixture was a low scoring thriller with both the sides aggressive on attacking the other. St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots scored 135 for 6 wickets. The team faced tough bowling off Knight Riders apparent from its highest score of 30 by Carlos Braithwaite with Kevon Cooper and Scantlebury-Searles taking two wickets each for the Riders. Even if the target was average, the chase faced a challenging defense.

Trinbago Knight Riders were slogged at 90 runs for 7 wickets when Sheldon Cottrell, Mohammed Hafeez and Ben Hilfenhaus conjured a strong attack. It was Dinesh Ramdin and Kevin Cooper that relieved the team off the pressure. At a point, the chase was slogged at 28 off 13 balls but the Knight Riders won the final by 3 wickets with an over to spare.

In the previous inning, the Patriots had Javon Searles as the prime resistance. The seamer, in fact, had the day after a long wait, being with the team without much contribution. But his overs that produced the best wickets for the Riders gave him a new stage. He nicked the wickets of Chris Gayle and Mohammed Hafeez in the two overs early in the inning. This slogged the Patriots to 11 runs in just four overs. On the other hand, Sunil Narine kept the pressure bar high with strict economy. Apart from the wicket of Evin Lewis, he gave away just 8 runs in his four overs. Kevon Cooper struck Brandon King and Devon Thomas that plummeted the Patriots to 65 for 5 wickets.

The bowlers dominated the chase as well. The Knight Riders lost two wickets in a gap of three balls in just the second over. It was Sheldon Cottrell taking down Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo. In the top line -up Colin Munro's contribution of 29 runs was a good backup for the win. He steered the waning chase to pull up the score to 48 for 2. Munro emerged as the top scorer of the season for the team with 366 runs. Hamza Tariq's 18 supported the chase in the mid overs. However, it was short lived.

The win was in the pre-ultimate over. Kevon Cooper and Ramdin brought down the required runs to 22 off the last two overs. It was in the 19th over that Hilfenhaus gave out two wide deliveries that turned the table. Cooper smashed three boundaries in consecutive balls off Hilfenhaus, after he got a free hit.


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