Twitter Reactions: Colin Munro and Darren Bravo book Knight Riders finals date with Patriots on Sunday
Trinbago Knight Riders and St. Kitts Nevis and Patriots will lock horns for one final time on Sunday for the title.
Updated - Sep 8, 2017 12:40 pm
Trinbago Knight Riders defeated the spirited Guyana Amazon Warriors by 6 wickets in the second qualifier to book the finals date with Patriots on Sunday. The partnership between Colin Munro and Darren Bravo made sure the title favourites have another shot at the glory this season. On the other hand, the juggernaut of the Warriors has finally stopped after 5 consecutive victories.
Guyana led by Rayad Emrit clashed Dwayne Bravo’s Knight Riders at Brian Lara Stadium for one final time this season. The hosts won the toss and as expected decided to field first. Sohail Tanvir and Chadwick Walton opened the innings for their side but lost the former. Tanvir once again failed at the top. Then the duo which has been wreaking havoc over the opposition teams came together and formed a decent partnership.
Though there was not much hitting as Knight Riders bowled beautifully to strangle hold them. Soon the pressure got better of them and both went back to the change room in space of 5 balls. Jason Mohammed too followed the suit as Warriors were left reeling at 94/4 in 15th over. But Roshan Primus and Gajanand Singh counter attacked and added a magnificent 65 runs off just 33 deliveries to give the final boost to the team’s total. Warriors ended on 159/6 from their quota of 20 overs.
Munro and Bravo steal the show
In reply, in the knockout game, Knight Riders lost two quick wickets in Sunil Narine and Hamza Tariq. But Munro and Darren Bravo consolidated first and then launched an assault over the opposition to make sure there were no hiccups in the chase. The latter was more aggressive as he was dismissed for 43 off just 27 balls. Munro, unlike his usual, played second fiddle throughout and remained unbeaten on 57 off 51 to guide his team through with two overs to spare. He was accompanied by Denesh Ramdin in the end who took the pressure off him.
In the bowling department, Narine bowled accurate lines to return with the figures of 2/21 for the home side. He was well supported by Ronsford Beaton, the skipper Bravo and Javon Searles. But the Warriors bowlers could not pose any challenge after picking up two early wickets as Rashid Khan and Tanvir were economical but could not pick more than a wicket.
Twitterati erupted as Knight Riders booked their 4th clash against the Patriots for the mega finale:
. @SunilPNarine74 since his 79 vs Barbados Tridents:
5 (7), 1 (4), 5 (6), 0 (1), 9 (7), 0 (0), 0 (1).
— Aditya Warty (@adityawarty) September 8, 2017
So its gonna be a Patriots vs Knight Riders finale… can't say im suprised… best of the best… #CPL17
— Steffii..♡?? (@ShortStuffMPink) September 8, 2017
To be honest, the two best sides in #CPL17 have been SKN & TKR, so the match up in the final seems right.
— Jayne with a Y ? (@jaynefrances63) September 8, 2017
Tanvir opened batting for Guyana
Narine opened batting for Trinbago
— Cricket Stats (@CRicketStats_) September 8, 2017
— Manish Shaarma (@Manishshaarma) September 8, 2017
— Nick_MUFC (@nicholasram91) September 8, 2017
In fairness, Guyana Amazon Warriors could have used some rest after playing very late into the night the previous evening. #CPL17
— Mr. Toronto Lawyer (@selwynpieters) September 8, 2017
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) September 8, 2017
How good is @manuz05 going at the minute – game winner and showing some serious maturity at the top. GUN!! Good things coming bro ??????
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) September 8, 2017
— CPL T20 (@CPL) September 8, 2017
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) September 8, 2017
— CPL T20 (@CPL) September 8, 2017