Trinbago Knight Riders emerged victorious after beating St Lucia Zouks by 8 wickets in the final in Trinidad. Riding on brilliant batting performance from Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo, TKR chased down the total with more than one over to spare in the final.
Batting first, Lucia lost an early wicket while the score read 10 but steadied the ship for themselves as Mark Deyal and Andre Fletcher stitched a partnership of 67 runs before Deyal departed for 29.
First team ever to win a title without losing a game in the tournament.— DK (@DineshKarthik) September 10, 2020
Congratulations @KieronPollard55 @DJBravo47 @SunilPNarine74 @legytambe
The backroom staff @Bazmccullum @arsrikkanth @VenkyMysore and all the others I've missed . Well done again 👍🤠🌟🏆 pic.twitter.com/nIzZGouJCh
How Trinbago Knight Riders have dominated CPL 2020 – unbeaten run of 12 wins to be crowned #CPL2020 champions.— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) September 10, 2020
🔸Out-batting other sides
🔸 Bravo anchoring middle overs
🔸Smart use of match ups
🔸The Pollard factor
No Narine, no Bravo to bowl, no Munro and yet @TKRiders stamp their presence on the final. A team in a different league to the others in the @CPL and unbeaten in the tournament! Different players stood up like @KieronPollard55 bowling 4 overs in the final.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 10, 2020
Fletcher followed him 12 runs later after scoring 39 and the Zouks began to lose wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bundled out for 154. Pollard scalped a four-for.
In reply, Scott Kuggeleijn and Roston Chase did give them early breakthroughs but their efforts weren’t enough as Trinbago’s Simmons and Bravo scored an unbeaten stand of 138 runs to see their side home. Simmons scored 84* while Bravo remained not out for 58.
Ami TKR we rule. Awesome display boys…u make us proud, happy and make us party even without a crowd. Love u team.@TKRiders @54simmo and my fav @DMBravo46 well done @KieronPollard55 & my man @DJBravo47 love you how many now4!!! @Bazmccullum come to IPL lov u— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) September 10, 2020
Who Said What?
Kieron Pollard, Player of the Tournament: Really pleased to contribute with bat and ball. Last 12-18 months, I’ve had honest conversations with some of my teammates and took time to work on some things with respect to my game. Since then, things have been working fine. It’s all settling in my mind and it’s a matter of continuing to perform like this. Some teams that I play in have many bowlers, so I don’t need to chip in always. But here in the Caribbean, I think I can contribute. I don’t have pace or swing but I use my brain. Fitness is a part and parcel of this game. My family knows the kind of work I’ve put in for my fitness.
Lendl Simmons, Player of the Match: It was a good innings for me. Me and Bravo bat well together, we were waiting for the bad balls to score. (On missing Narine) We have a strong bench and all the players love to get the opportunity to play. Last year I did well in the prelims but didn’t do well in the knockouts so this time decided to take extra responsibility. Didn’t start the tournament well but managed to end well and I’m really pleased.