TRINBAGO KNIGHT RIDERS CROWNED 2018 CHAMPIONS
The best two teams in this season’s competition have now met four times in the last 11 days and won two games apiece, but this was the one that really mattered and it went decisively the Knight Riders’ way. Fittingly, it was Colin Munro who hit the winning runs having become the first batsman both to pass 500 runs and then to score six half-centuries in a single Hero CPL season. His brutal 68* from 39 balls eased his team past a target of 148 after fellow New Zealander Brendon McCullum had got the run-chase off to a flying start with 39 off 24.
Munro brought up his latest 50 from just 33 balls with successive sixes off Rayad Emrit, adding a third Hero Maximum in a 27-run 17th over that effectively ended the contest.
That onslaught left just four runs needed from the last 18 balls,
and after collecting two runs from the first ball of the 18th over Munro
then slashed the third to the boundary to spark wild celebrations from his team-mates and in the stands.
It was the bowlers, though, who had done most of the heavy lifting to secure back-to-back titles for the Knight Riders,
with the Warriors – who have now lost four Hero CPL finals – left to rue a dramatic batting collapse in the second half of their innings.
All the Knight Riders bowlers played their part in restricting the Warriors to 147/9.
Dwayne Bravo was able to use just his five main bowlers, including himself,
with all five getting something in the wickets column and none going for more than eight an over.