Fawad Ahmed, Dwayne Bravo star as Knight Riders cruise to CPL final

Fawad Ahmed, Ali Khan and Sunil Narine collaborated to derail St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the second Qualifier and helped Trinbago Knight Riders set up a finals date with Guyana Amazon Warriors. Chasing 166, Patriots could manage just 145 for 8, slipping to a 20-run loss, as the three bowlers gave away just 58 runs from their 12 overs and picked up six wickets.

Ahmed was the most impressive of the lot as he helped his team build pressure inside the Powerplay. However, the crucial blows from him came only after the 11th over where he accounted for Evin Lewis and Anton Devcich as the asking soared. The visitors lost Chris Gayle for a duck in the very first over. Devon Thomas (35) and Rassie van der Dussen kept the innings going but the visitors struggled for the much-needed early momentum.

At 44 for 1 in the seventh over, Patriots looked set to push up the ante. Instead, Narine had van der Dussen caught and bowled before Ahmed removed Lewis. At 75 for 4, the visitors were wobbling and failed to bounce back from the hickup. Brandon King scored a brisk 22-ball 33 but was bowled by Narine as the chase fell apart.

Earlier, Brendon McCullum, Colin Munro, Denesh Ramdin did the bulk of the scoring at the top but it was the late assault from Dwayne Bravo that gave Knight Riders a challenging score. Put in, Colin Ingram was dismissed in the third over with just eight on the board but McCullum and Munro scored 71 for the second wicket to get the innings going.

There were healthy contributions as Knight Riders reached 116 for 3 in the 16th over. Bravo scored 24 off 8 and the assault started against Tabraiz Shamsi in the 18th over. After smoking three sixes, he picked up a boundary against Sheldon Cottrell. Bravo’s assault meant Knight Riders were able to pick up 47 runs from the last three overs to turn the game on its head.

Brief scores: Trinbago Knight Riders 165/6 in 20 overs (Brendon McCullum 43; Sheldon Cottrell 2-24) beat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 145/8 in 20 overs (Devon Thomas 35; Fawad Ahmed 3-13) by 20 runs.

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