CPL 2018: Ahmed Three-for and McCullum 43 Help Knight Riders Set Up Final Date With Warriors

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After a minor blip within the first qualifier the place they misplaced to Guyana Amazon Warriors in an exciting recreation, Trinbago Knight Riders bounced again sturdy as they brushed apart St Kitts and Nevis Patriots In Qualifier 2 to e book their place within the last of the Caribbean Premier League 2018. They now have an opportunity to actual revenge for the sooner defeat once they face Warriors as soon as once more for the title.On a sluggish floor in Trinidad, Knight Riders, led by Brendon McCullum’s 26-ball 43 and backed up by helpful contributions all by the middle-order, reached a aggressive 165 for six of their 20 overs. Fawad Ahmed, who’s the match’s main wicket-taker, then but once more weaved his magic returning figures of three for 13 in his 4 overs to limit Patriots to 145 for Eight and take his aspect to a 20-run win.

Patriots, having received the toss and elected to discipline, struck early with Sheldon Cottrell eliminating Colin Ingram for five. McCullum and fellow countryman Colin Munro then joined fingers for a 71-run stand for the second wicket. McCullum was the aggressor within the partnership smoking two fours and three sixes throughout his knock whereas Munro performed a extra sedate 31-ball 29.

Nonetheless, Patriots made a comeback eliminating each batsmen inside the house of 4 balls. McCullum fell lbw to Chris Gayle whereas Ben Chopping accounted for Munro with Gayle, as soon as once more within the thick of issues taking a pointy catch at further cowl. Darren Bravo was dismissed quickly for 20 as Knight Riders discovered themselves at 116 for Four after 16.1 overs, nonetheless a number of runs quick.

Dwayne Bravo, the captain, like he has finished all season then cracked an imposing 8-ball 24 and together with Denesh Ramdin (27*) helped Knight Riders amass 47 runs within the final three overs to take them over the 160-mark.

Chasing 166 on a two-paced floor was all the time going to be difficult and Patriots bought off to the worst begin doable dropping their captain Gayle for a duck within the first over to pacer Ali Khan. Devon Thomas (35) and Rassie van der Dussen (14) saved issues chugging alongside for some time earlier than each fell in fast succession.

At 50 for 3, Evin Lewis and Brandon King wanted one thing particular to get their aspect out of the woods. The latter smashed three fours and 6 in his 22-ball 33 however fell to Sunil Narine whereas Lewis was accounted for by Ahmed for 4.

Ahmed quickly eliminated Anton Devcich and Ben Chopping because the required fee continued rising. Fabian Allen smoked 32 in 19 deliveries however the goal proved an excessive amount of for Patriots ultimately.

The ultimate will likely be staged at Brian Lara Stadium, Trinidad on Sunday, September 16.

First Revealed: September 15, 2018, 12:43 PM IST


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