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Cooper stars as Trinbago Knight Riders claim their second CPL title after tense chase

Trinbago Knight Riders have completed their second CPL triumph
Trinbago Knight Riders have completed their second CPL triumph
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Trinbago Knight Riders 136-7 (Cooper 29no) beat
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 135-6 (Brathwaite 30no) by three wickets
Final, Caribbean Premier League, Brian Lara Stadium

Kevon Cooper scored a brilliant spell and backed it up with an unbeaten 29 run knock as Trinbago Knight Riders chased down 136 runs against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in 19 overs with three wickets in hand at Brian Lara Stadium to clinch their second Caribbean Premier League title.

Chasing a modest total of 136, the Knight Riders lost both Sunil Narine (3) and Dwayne Bravo (0) to Sheldon Cottrell (2-21) in the second over. Colin Munro (29) injected momentum into the innings with three sixes in the sixth over as they ended the powerplay strong at 48 for two.

Mohammad Hafeez (2-19) continued his dominance against the left-handers as he removed Munro and Darren Bravo (1) in successive overs as the Knight Riders slipped to 64 for four at halfway mark.

The innings slipped further when Tabraiz Shamsi (2-20) accounted for both Hamza Tariq (18) and Javon Searles (2) while Daniel Christian (8) was run out. The Knight Riders were left with 43 runs to get off the final five overs with three wickets in hand.

This is when Cooper (29 not out) played the decisive 14-ball cameo that had two sixes and two boundaries and was supported by Denesh Ramdin (26 not out) to help the team achieve the target in 19 overs with their unbeaten 46 run stand. This is also Trinidad's second title in three years.

Earlier, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots were invited to bat first by the Knight Riders and they found it tough to get going and were reduced to 45 for four at the halfway mark.

Jonathan Carter (21), Devon Thomas (17), Carlos Brathwaite (30 not out) along with Mohammad Nabi (18 not out) helped the visitors recover and post 135 for six in the 20 overs.

Cooper (2-12) and Searles (2-29) were the pick of the Trinbago Knight Riders bowlers in the game.

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