Sunday 27 September, 2020

Zouks defeated by TKR for 2020 CPL title

Lendl Simmons hits a six during the 2020 Caribbean Premier League final between the St Lucia Zouks and the Trinbago Knight Riders on 10th September 2020 at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy. (Photo by Randy Brooks - CPLT20/Getty Images)

Lendl Simmons hits a six during the 2020 Caribbean Premier League final between the St Lucia Zouks and the Trinbago Knight Riders on 10th September 2020 at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy. (Photo by Randy Brooks - CPLT20/Getty Images)

The Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) cruised to an eight-wicket win over the St Lucia Zouks to win the 2020 Caribbean Premier League title and become the first team to go unbeaten through a season.

After they were put in to bat, the Zouks raced off to 60/1 after six overs as the Knight Riders, who were without an injured Sunil Narine, struggled to control the aggressive pair of Andre Fletcher (39) and Mark Deyal (29).

However, the introduction of Kieron Pollard and Fawad Ahmed saw a change in the dynamics of the game, with both batsmen dismissed in the space of 14 balls. 

The Knight Riders assumed control after that with Pollard taking 4/30, including two wickets and a run out in the 19th over, and Fawad Ahmed 2-22.

Roston Chase (22) and Najibullah Zadran (24) briefly raised hopes of resurrecting Zouks' hopes with a 4th wicket partnership of 26 before Pollard ended hopes of a total over 175.

Akeal Hosein was also economical with 1/26, while Ali Khan took 2/25 as the Zouks were restricted to 154 off 19.1 overs.

Chasing 155 for victory, the Knight Riders lost Tion Webster (5) and Tim Siefert (4) early for 19 runs, before Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo slowly rebuilt the innings.

The batsmen put on an outstanding, unbroken third-wicket partnership of 138 to clinch victory for the Knight Riders.

The TKR becomes the first team to go unbeaten through an entire CPL season and claim their 4th CPL title and 3rd in four tournaments. 

Summarized scores: St Lucia Zouks (Fletcher 39, Deyal 29, Zadran 24, Chase 22; Pollard 4/30, Fawad 2/22, Ali Khan 2/25) vs Trinbago Knight Riders (Simmons 84 not out, DM Bavo 58 not out; Chase 1/13). Knight Riders win by eight wickets

 

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