Kieron Pollard took a four-wicket haul and Lendl Simmons played an unbeaten knock of 84 runs, as Trinbago Knight Riders defeated St Lucia Zouks by eight wickets in the last of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020 on Thursday at the Brian Lara Cricket Stadium. With this, the Trinbago Knight Riders completed the first perfect season in the history of CPL as the side won all its group-stage matches and then the semifinals and last. This is the fourth CPL title win for the Knight Riders. Trinbago Knight Riders have ownership the same as IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, while the Zouks are owned by the same promoters as Kings XI Punjab.
Chasing 155, Trinbago Knight Riders got off to a naughty start as the side missing the wickets of Tion Webster (5) and Tim Seifert (4) by the fourth over and was once reduced to 19/2.
Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo then got together at the crease and the duo rebuilt the innings for the Knight Riders. Both batsmen mixed caution with aggression and consequently, Knight Riders became the firm favourites to win the match.
In any case, Simmons and Bravo’s unbeaten stand of 138 runs took Trinbago over the line by eight wickets. Simmons and Bravo remained not out on 84 and 58 respectively.
Earlier, Kieron Pollard’s four-wicket haul helped Trinbago Knight Riders to bundle out St Lucia Zouks for 154. Put in to bat first, St Lucia Zouks missing the wicket of Rahkeem Cornwall (8) in the second one over as he was once clean bowled by Ali Khan. Alternatively, Mark Deyal joined Andre Fletcher in the middle, and the duo scored runs at a rapid pace to take the Zouks score to 60/1 after the conclusion of the first six overs.
Fletcher and Deyal put on a stand of 67 runs for the second one wicket, but their partnership was once in any case broken by Fawad Ahmed as he dismissed Deyal (29) in the ninth over. Then Trinbago skipper Kieron Pollard got some of the act as he given Trinbago with the key breakthrough of Fletcher (39) in the 12th over, reducing Zouks to 89/3.
Pollard continued to bowl in stable lines and consequently, he was once rewarded once more in the 14th over as he had Roston Chase (19) caught by the hands of Tion Webster. Mohammad Nabi (2) also failed to leave a mark with bat and consequently, Zouks was once reduced to 117/5 in the 15th over.
In any case, Zouks kept on losing wickets at steady intervals in the last overs, and consequently, the side was once bowled out for 154. Pollard was once the pick of Trinbago’s bowlers as he scalped four wickets.
Brief Scores: Trinbago Knight Riders 157/2 (Lendl Simmons 84*, Darren Bravo 58*, Roston Chase 1-13) defeat St Lucia Zouks 154/10 (Andre Fletcher 39, Mark Deyal 29, Kieron Pollard 4-30) by eight wickets.
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