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Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel storm into CPL final

Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel storm into CPL final
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel storm into CPL final
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Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel 109-4 (Kamran 49) beat
Guyana Amazon Warriors
108-9 (Simmons 64) by six wickets
Second Semi-Final, Caribbean Premier League, Port of Spain

A disciplined bowling effort and a responsible knock from Kamran Akmal in the second semi-final helped Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel storm into the final of the Caribbean Premier League by defeating Guyana Amazon Warriors by six wickets in Port of Spain.

Having won the toss and electing to bat first, Guyana got off to a good start by scoring 40 for one by the end of the powerplay with Lendl Simmons (64) scoring four boundaries.

The innings quickly changed complexion as Sulieman Benn (2-24) dismissed Denesh Ramdin (6) and Umar Akmal (0) in successive overs, whereas Samuel Badree (2-9) struck twice in the ninth over to leave Guyana tottering at 56 for five by the half-way stage.

A 21-run stand between Simmons and Chris Barnwell (12) gave some hope to the Warriors but they never were able to up the ante as Badree completely strangled the scoring rate, by giving away just nine runs in his spell.

The partnership fell apart when Barnwell was run out, following which there was no recovery in sight for Guyana, who only reached 108 for nine by the end of their innings, with Simmons the last man to fall.

Simmons and Barnwell were the only two players who managed to score double digit figures, something that speaks volumes about the Trinidad's bowling efforts.

Guyana began their defence well by dismissing Cameron Delport (3) in the third over, but Kamran Akmal (49) completely turned the innings on his head with his knock, hitting six fours and one six in the powerplay.

Kamran was especially severe on David Wiese (0-32) in his very first over, taking him apart for five consecutive fours, which brought down the required rate to a mere 4.35 runs per over.

Having taken 48 runs from the powerplay, Trinidad began to bat sensibly, with Kamran and Darren Bravo (22) sharing a calm 30 run stand for the third wicket which effectively sealed the chase for them.

Despite the spin troika of Veerasammy Permaul (1-20), Sunil Narine (1-23) and Devendra Bishoo (1-15) going for less than run-a-ball while picking a wicket each, they never really managed to dent Trinidad in the chase.

There was a slight hope when Bravo and Kamran fell in successive overs with 24 runs still to be scored, but another sensible partnership between Dwayne (8) and Jason Mohammed (17) ensured a spot in the final for Trinidad.

Permaul, Narine, Bishoo and Marchant de Lange (1-16) snared one wicket each while being very economical, but Wiese’s opening over really sealed the fate of the innings.

Kamran picked the man of the match award for his flamboyant knock.

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