CPL 2018: Colin Munro hurries Trinbago Knight Riders to third title
Colin Munro made 68* off 39 balls to take Trinbago Knight Riders to the CPL title. @CPL

Trinbago Knight Riders have claimed the 2018 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title on the back of some fine bowling and a stunning unbeaten 68 off 39 balls from Colin Munro. Led by Ali Khan and Khary Pierre, Trinbago kept Guyana Amazon Warriors to 147/9 in 20 overs and then won with eight wickets and 15 balls in hand with Munro the star with a boundary-fuelled innings at Tarouba.

This is the third CPL title for Trinbago.

Guyana lost Cameron Delport first ball of the game, bowled by Ali Khan when trying to blast the ball down the ground, and that set in motion a stop-start innings in which Luke Ronchi’s 44 was the highest score and six batsmen got into double-digits but only one other than Ronchi crossing 15.

Pierre’s three wickets stemmed the flow of runs and accounted for Ronchi, Chadwick Walton (1) and Sherfane Rutherford (24). The left-arm spinner’s dismissal of Ronchi, caught at deep cover when trying to go for six, triggered a collapse from 79/2 to 109/8. Fawad Ahmed’s extraction of Shimron Hetmyer the ball after the batsman had struck him back over his head for six was pivotal, and with Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine striking too Warriors never found the finish they needed to really challenge TKR’s batting.

Left-arm spinner Khary Pierre was the Man of the Match.
Left-arm spinner Khary Pierre was the Man of the Match. (CPL via Getty Images)

Chasing 148 for the win, Trinbago were given a 52-run start in 6.4 overs from Brendon McCullum (39 off 24 balls) and Denesh Ramdin (24 off 30), before New Zealander Munro hit his fourth fifty of the tournament to finish the game in the 18th over. Ramdin’s hit-wicket dismissal in the 12th over was followed by Darren Bravo leaving the field injured on 4 in the 14th over, at which stage  TKR were 103/2.

The next 47 runs came in 22 balls with Munro finishing 68 not out, with six fours and three sixes. The left-handed breezed to his half-century in 33 balls with successive sixes off Rayad Emrit, adding a third in a 27-run 17th over that put the result beyond all doubt. That left TKR to get just four runs from three overs, and after running two off the first ball of the 18th over Munro slashed a boundary to third man to clear the Trinbago dug-out.

Pierre, in his 12th T20 appearance, was named the Man of the Match for taking 3/29.

Brief scores: Trinbago Knight Riders 150/2 in 17.3 overs (Munro 68*) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 147/9 in 20 overs (Ronchi 44, Pierre 3/29) by eight wickets