Colin Munro was awarded the Man of the Match for scoring the lone fifty in the match    Getty Images
Colin Munro was awarded the Man of the Match for scoring the lone fifty in the match Getty Images

We are set to witness a re-match of the Qualifier I when Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) will face St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (SKNP) in the grand finale of the CPL 2017. It was Colin Munro’s composed 57 not out and his 85-run third wicket stand with Darren Bravo (43) that helped the Knight Riders chase down 160 with 2 overs remaining in the Qualifier 2, against Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) at Brian Lara Stadium, Trinidad on Thursday. Earlier, Sunil Narine starred with the ball, producing figures of 4-0-21-2, to restrict GAW to 159 for 6.

TKR topped the league table but failed to clear the hurdle against SKNP in the Qualifier I. The Dwayne Bravo-led side elected to bowl and did not leak runs early. Narine struck with his first ball, sending back Sohail Tanvir. Later, he also got the other in-form opener Chadwick Walton stumped for 37. Luke Ronchi, who starred in the Eliminator against defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs, was cleaned up up by the senior Bravo for 23. It was quick 65-run stand between Gajanand Singh and Roshon Primus off 33 balls that helped GAW to a competitive total.

Tanvir returned favours to Narine by dismissing him for a first-ball duck, his second consecutive. In fact, Narine has scored 20 runs from his last 7 innings at less than 3, and thrice has he failed to score. Munro was let-off twice and Rashid Khan, who claimed a hat-trick on Wednesday, once again impressed with 4-0-23-1, dismissing TKR skipper but by then the job was done. Munro’s 57 came off 51 balls, and included 7 fours while the junior Bravo was the aggressor in the partnership, smashing 43 off just 27 balls, a knock that included 4 sixes.

It was a comfortable chase in the end. TKR will now face the Chris Gayle-led SKNP in the grand finale at the same venue on Saturday. Dwayne Bravo and Gayle are two of the biggest icons in Caribbean cricket. With both leading their respective sides, the match is set to draw massive attention.

Brief Scores:

Guyana Amazon Warriors 159 for 6 in 20 overs (Chadwick Walton 37, Gajanand Singh 39, Roshon Primus 35*; Sunil Narine 2 for 21) lost to Trinbago Knight Riders 160 for 4 in 18 overs (Colin Munro 57*, Darren Bravo 43; Rashid Khan 1 for 23) by 6 wickets.

Man of the Match: Colin Munro