Twitter Reactions: Mark Deyal, David Wiese power Saint Lucia Kings to back-to-back CPL finals
Defending champions TKR have been knocked out of the tournament.
Updated - Sep 15, 2021 8:33 am
Saint Lucia Kings, on Tuesday, September 14, managed to qualify for the final of the 2021 CPL. The Andre Fletcher-led unit defeated the Trinbago Knight Riders by 21 runs at the Warner. Even as defending champions TKR was knocked out, the Kings made back-to-back finals in the CPL.
Deyal storms away
After electing to bat first, the Kings posted 205 on the board in their 20 overs. Akeal Hosein got rid of Rahkeem Cornwall for a duck, but Andre Fletcher and Mark Deyal’s 73-run stand brought the Kings back into the contest. However, Fletcher only scored four runs in the partnership before perishing.
Deyal went on to top-score for the Kings as he notched a 44-ball 78 with the help of five fours and six sixes. Roston Chase, Tim David and David Wiese scored in their 30s to take the Kings over the 200-run mark. For TKR, Sunil Narine and Hosein had combined figures of 8-0-39-2.
Wiese’s fifer guides the Kings
In their run-chase, TKR lost the early wicket of Lendl Simmons, but Sunil Narine and Colin Munro played their shots to bring their team back into the hunt. However, Wiese dismissed both in the eighth over to help the Kings make a comeback into the encounter on Tuesday.
Several TKR’s batters got into the 20s, but no one could carry on. In the final over, the Knights needed 22 to win, but Keemo Paul got two wickets to seal the deal. Wiese went on to notch his second five-wicket haul in the tournament as he ended with figures of 4-0-39-5.
This year we wanted to get back to the final, says Andre Fletcher
Following the defeat, Pollard was disappointed, but he also lauded his team for showing great character throughout the tournament. He also accepted the Kings were the better team on the day. Fletcher, on the other hand, sounded determined before the final.
“They came out positive right from the toss. Have to give them credit. They were the better team. Proud of the boys and the way they fought. Throughout the tournament the guys have been fantastic. Well played to the opposition,” Pollard said after the match.
“Great feeling. Last year we got to the final but couldn’t get over the line. This year we wanted to get back there, prove it wasn’t a fluke. Mark played very well. That set them back. I was encouraging him, saying to trust his ability. We knew it wasn’t over. Most important thing was to take the rate as high as possible before Pollard comes in,” Fletcher said.
Here’s how the netizens reacted to the Kings’ win
— Sharat Chandra Bhatt (@imsbhatt0707) September 14, 2021
Big up mark deyal! 😭🔥🇱🇨
— craigo (@croakylettuce) September 14, 2021
St. Lucia Kings are the first finalists of CPL 2021. Extraordinary performance by Kings, David Wiese's all round show takes them to the Final. Mark Deyal played well too and Tim David with such extraordinary form, he scored 38 in just 17 with 4 sixes.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 14, 2021
Mark Deyal innings was 🔥. Bittersweet. Glad our 🇹🇹 boys performing in all the teams. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
— ☥ 𝓚𝓮𝓱-𝓻𝓮𝓮 ☥ (@Kerie_Cupcake) September 14, 2021
right man to catch it , MARK DEYAL !
— Jay🥷🏾 (@bimyc_) September 14, 2021
— JaayShaan (Shankar) (@JaayShaan) September 14, 2021
Mark Deyal what have you done
— Alok Ranjan🇮🇳 (@itsalokranjan) September 14, 2021
Mark Deyal say I am here to bat not field! 😂
— Early Rider Petreanna. (@peh_tree_yanna) September 14, 2021
Never did I think Mark Deyal would have kicked TKR out the CPL yes. Wild times. Solid knock though, glad to see him bringing local form to the international stage. Hope Amir Jangoo does the same at some time
— Renaldo Matadeen (@RenaldoMatadeen) September 14, 2021