first_imgDefending champions Trinbago Knight Riders beat Guyana Amazon Warriors by eight wickets to win the Caribbean Premier League 2018 final and retain their title.Led by Dwayne Bravo, Trinbago came out on top in all departments in the final at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, Trinidad on Sunday.Opting to bowl after winning the toss, Bravo’s men restricted Amazon Warriors to a modest total of 147/9 and then knocked the runs off in just 17.3 overs to win their second title in a row and third overall.It was an all-round show from the Trinbago bowlers but Khary Pierre was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his 3 for 29 against a decent Guyana batting line-up. Pierre slightly edged out Colin Munro in the awards department, who also impressed with a 39-ball 68.All the Trinbago bowlers chipped in for the champions on the day as everyone picked up at least one wicket. Luka Ronchi was Guyana’s best batsman with a 35-ball 44 effort. It was Ronchi’s 52-run stand with Shimron Hetmyer (15 in 11 balls) that steadied Guyana after they lost Cameron Delport on the first ball of the match.But, after Ronchi fell with the score on 79/3 in the 11th over, it was all one-way traffic as the Knight Riders maintained the pressure and never let the game go away from their hands.After the break, Denesh Ramdin played the anchor even as Brendon McCullum pulled out the big shots. The two added 52 for the first wicket before McCullum skied Chris Green for Delport to take the catch in the seventh over the former New Zealand captain hit 39 in 24 balls.advertisementTrinbago Knight Riders have won the 2018 CPL #CPL18 #Biggestpartyinsport #GAWvTKR pic.twitter.com/p1mFp1KI6zCPL T20 (@CPL) September 17, 2018Chasing 148 to win, Denesh Ramdin played the anchors role while Brendon McCullum smashed the bowlers around. The openers added 52 for the first wicket before McCullum skied a Chris Green delivery and it was taken by Delport to give Guyana the first breakthrough. McCullum fell for a 24-ball 39 but the tone was set.Ramdin was the next to go and in rather unusual fashion as he fell for 24 by hitting the wickets when he went too far back to paceman Romario Shepherd and knocked his stumps off with the bat. But, there was no merry for the bowlers after that as Munro had settled in and taken charge of the chase.Bravo, the captain, came in at No.4 and had scored just four when he pulled his hamstring trying to steal a quick run, but there was no stopping Munro at the other end. At the end of 16 overs, he had 37 from 30, and stepped it up against Rayad Emrit with a four and three sixes in the next over, getting to his sixth half-century for the tournament in the process.He finished it off in the next over, cutting Sohail Tanvir for four behind point to end with a 39-ball 68*, with six fours and three sixes, and the celebrations began.And that final moment. The @TKRiders win the CPL Final 2018! #cpl18 #cricketplayedlouder #biggestpartyinsport #cplfinal #GAWvTKR pic.twitter.com/9tTug13ekrCPL T20 (@CPL) September 17, 2018″Thanks to almighty god and thanks to my teammates to my team, this victory is for Trinidad and Tobago. In a tournament like this, you can lose close games but we had the best team and we deserved to win,” said Bravo after the victory.”I am happy with the way our team played throughout the tournament. I think the first ball of the day by Ali Khan set the tone for us. Ronchi got them off to a great start but Pierre showed his courage to come back. Colin Munro put an icing on the cake along with Brendon McCullum.”They rely heavily on (Imran) Tahir and Green while opening the ball. I knew we have the best finishers in the tournament and to win the final with eight wickets, I am really happy.”As for Pierre, the 26-year-old left-arm spinner, it was the perfect end to a good tournament: “I am very happy with my performance. I want to be a big-match player and I backed myself tonight. I am very happy with this award and the win.”For Guyana, it was a case of so near but so far yet again, their fourth loss in the CPL final, a record that proves they have been excellent over the years, but not the best.”It’s disappointing to be on the losing side, but to play in the finals is what you look forward to,” said Rayad Emrit, the captain. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t our night as the Knight Riders were too good for us. I am proud of the boys and their efforts. We got a young squad and talented players. I thought Ronchi was awesome and he showed his class. Since his wicket, there was a regular fall of wickets.”advertisement(With inputs from ICC)last_img read more