The Caribbean Premier League has provided some superb entertainment this season for almost a month now.
However, the tournament has reached its final stage with just one match left to decide who will lift the 2016 CPLT20 title. The Guyana Amazon Warriors managed to sneak into the final after a victory in the first qualifier against the Jamaica Tallawahs and were waiting for their opponents for two days.
The Trinbago Knight Riders, who beat the Lucia Zouks in the eliminator managed to set up a crunch tie against the Tallawahs in a direct chance for a place in the final.
However, the Knight Riders were not able to do enough on the night in a rain curtailed game as they lost the game in unfortunate fashion by 19 runs.
Dwayne Bravo won the toss and decided to put the Tallawahs into bat with rain looming around the ground. However, the Tallawahs got to play their entire 20 overs as they managed to set a target of 196 in the 20 overs for the Knight Riders on a decent batting track.
Though Chris Gayle’s cameo of 35 helped them to some extent, Andre Russel had a field day as he managed to score a 100 of just 44 balls with 3 fours and 11 sixers as he plunged the score into the higher 190’s and let Tallawahs put a foot in the final.
The Knight Riders started the chase decently with 18/1 on the board after three overs. However, they were then interrupted by a rain delay that saw the game curtailed to a 12 over the game with the target reduced to 130.
This meant that the Knight Riders had to score in excess of 13 runs an over for all the remaining 9 overs, which unsurprisingly was not possible.
Hashim Amla and Colin Munro were the only two batsmen to reach double figures as the rest tried to hit out in a bid to reach the required run-rate.
They only lost by 19 runs and could have done better if rain had not played spoilsport but this was the end of the campaign for the Knight Riders who were entertaining every time they took the field.
Andre Russel’s Hercules century, which won him the man of the match trophy, was enough for the Tallawahs as they set up a crunch final between the top two sides in the competition when they face the Guyana Amazon Warriors at the Basseterre on Sunday.