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Shakib’s Barbados lift CPL title

SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka
Shakib’s Barbados lift CPL title
Barbados Tridents cricketers celebrate with the trophy after clinching the CPL title beating Guyana Amazon Warriors by 27 runs in the final at Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad yesterday. Courtesy photo

Shakib Al Hasan’s Barbados Tridents clinched the 2019 CPL title when they thumped the unbeatable and top-favourites Guyana Amazon Warriors by 27 runs in the topsy-turvy final of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) at Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba in Trinidad yesterday

This was the second title for Shakib’s Barbados Tridents, who earlier championed in 2014. On the other hand, Guyana Warriors appeared in the final for the fifth time but they finished the season with empty handed despite having a record of 11-match unbeaten streak.

After opting to bat, Alex Hales and Johnson Charles gave a solid start to Tridents but Shepherd and Laughlin pushed them back by removing Hales and Philip Salt in two successive overs.

Therefore, Charles attempted to rebuild the innings but Imran Tahir stopped his marauding innings.

At this stage, they sustained a mini-collapse as they lost three batsmen that slumped them to 108-6 from 73-3. Of them, two batsmen trapped unfortunate run-out---Jason Holder and Shakib Al Hasan, who smoked a run-a-ball 15 before being run-out by Nicholas Pooran off Paul while going wicketless in his two-over spell.

Overall, it wasn’t a fruitful experience for Shakib Al Hasan in this CPL. He played six matches for Barbados Tridents, scored 111 runs and bagged 4 wickets. After Jonathan Carter’s unbeaten 50 off 27 balls led a recovery from 108/6 in the 15th over to an imposing 171/6 from 20 overs, the Tridents bowled and fielded for their lives to defend the target and broke the hearts of Guyana Warriors at the last.

Raymon Reifer led the way with remarkable figures of 4-24 from his four-over spell. Chandrapaul Hemraj, who apparently struggling with a hamstring injury, could have been run out twice before he was caught at short third-man off Reifer for just a single and things got worse for the Warriors when Shimron Hetmyer holed out to long-on for just 9 to give Reifer a second wicket.

Shoaib Malik then smashed a long-hop from leading 2019 CPL wicket-taker straight to Reifer on the midwicket boundary to leave his side in real trouble at 53-3. When Brandon King yorked himself and was smartly stumped by Shai Hope off Ashley Nurse for 43, the game had swung decisively the Tridents’ way.

Nicholas Pooran raced out of the blocks with two fours and a six, but Nurse and death-bowling specialist Harry Gurney strangled the life out of the Warriors’ run-chase. Just eight runs came from three overs after the loss of King, and it felt like something simply had to give as the required rate spiraled north of 14 per over.

Sure enough, Pooran went after Nurse but only managed to pick out Alex Hales at long-on to leave the Warriors needing a miracle. Sherfane Rutherford hit back-to-back boundaries off Gurney but then failed in the daunting task of trying to clear Jason Holder at long-off.

Reifer returned to take his third wicket when Romario Shepherd cue-ended a full, wide delivery through to Hope, and Keemo Paul’s 14-ball 25 was entertaining but futile. He, like Rutherford, fell to the hugely impressive Gurney having failed to get the ball over Holder.

Reifer finished things off in the final over, having Chris Green caught behind for his fourth wicket and getting out of the over without any bother as the Tridents’ celebrations began.

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