Twitter Reactions: Colin Munro’s brilliant knock helps the Knight Riders win their 3rd title
Colin Munro was the 'Player of the Series' for scoring 567 runs in 13 innings.
Published - Sep 17, 2018 11:48 am
Updated - Sep 17, 2018 3:24 pm
The Guyana Amazon Warriors were up against the Trinbago Knight Riders for the finals of CPL 2018. While the former made a direct entry into the final by defeating the same opponent in ‘Qualifier 1‘, the latter took a long way around to make it there. With these two teams were highly competitive throughout the tournament, there were quite a lot of expectations on them. The Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad was jam-packed with supporters from both the sides. The entire ground was covered in red and yellow which was an absolute spectacle to watch.
The Knight Riders completely outplayed the Warriors in the final. Their bowlers were very clinical and restricted the opposition to a low score. Then, the Blackcaps duo of Brendon McCullum and Colin Munro did the job with the bat in what was a rather easy chase. With this victory, TKR lifted the trophy for the third time. They triumphed previously in 2015 and 2017.
The Knights deliver with the ball
DJ Bravo finally won the toss in the final after missing out in the previous two playoff games. He had no hesitations that his side would bowl first. Right from the first ball of the big final, Ali Khan sent Cameron Delport’s off-stump for a walk dismissing him for a golden duck. Soon, the main man Shimron Hetmyer was also outfoxed by a brilliantly disguised googly from Fawad Ahmed. The 21-year-old walked back to the pavilion after scoring 15 runs.
At this point in time, Luke Ronchi and Jason Mohammed took the onus upon themselves to get the innings back on track so that the finishers could do the job later on. The wicketkeeper produced a well-made 44 off 35 balls while his partner played the anchor with 24 off 23 balls. However, once this duo was dismissed, there wasn’t any noteworthy show put up from the other batsmen. They kept falling one after another as the Warriors put up a mere 147 runs on the board after losing 9 wickets. Khary Pierre picked three scalps in the innings.
Munro stars with the bat
These kinds of chases on the big night of a final can often end up being tricky. Hence, the Knights sent their most experienced batsman in Denesh Ramdin to open alongside Brendon McCullum. The duo added 52 runs for the first wicket with the former Kiwi skipper playing the aggressor. He smashed 39 off 24 balls before being dismissed by Chris Green. There was a rain interruption after 8.5 overs when the Knights’ score was 65/1, 9 runs ahead of the DLS par score.
However, overs were not lost despite the interruption. After the break, Denesh Ramdin got out in the most unfortunate way possible. He was out hit wicket after he scored 24 off 30 balls. Soon, Darren Bravo walked back to the pavilion in pain after pulling up his left hamstring. Colin Munro, who was at the other end kept his cool. 31 runs were required in the last 4 overs when the left-hander decided to take the attack to Rayad Emrit. He scored 25 runs off the over and finished the game by hitting at four in the next over.
Munro, yet against delivered in the final with an unbeaten 68 as the Knights won the match comfortably by 8 wickets. He was 66 not-out in the final last year. With Trinbago Knight Riders winning their second title in a row, Twitterati was overjoyed. Owner Shah Rukh Khan shared a selfie with the television with the victorious team in the background and was quite elated.
Here are the Twitter reactions of the CPL 2018 final:
Wow wow wow. Wish I was there 2 party with my boys!!! Lov u Trinidad &Tobago & congratulations for the team…the champions dance & music & thx for making me & @TKRiders a part of ur family. This is how we play…boys each one hav a drink for me..Lov yaaa!! pic.twitter.com/Oi62zWnm3g
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) September 17, 2018
— TrinbagoKnightRiders (@TKRiders) September 17, 2018
— YasuMiku (@YasuMiku143) September 17, 2018
YASSSS WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS
CONGRATULATIONS TO TRINBAGO KNIGHT RIDERS ON WINNING CPL 2018..🏆🏆 @TKRiders
Well done team.. Wohoo. 💃💃
Defended our title.. 💃💃💃💃
— ❤Sangi ❤ (@I_am_sangi3) September 17, 2018
Well Played @TKRiders.. Winning the CPL Title for the 3rd Consecutive Time… Speaks Volume of how class this side is..
Congratulations @iamsrk @VenkyMysore @DJBravo47 @SunilPNarine74 @lynny50 @Bazmccullum#PlayFightWinRepeat #TKR #TKRvGAW #CPLFinal
— ADITYA😈 (@StarkAditya) September 17, 2018
— GUY Amazon Warriors (@GYAmazonWarrior) September 17, 2018
Yes the defending team saved the streak again and didn't fumble a bit.
Claiming tittle of #CPLFinal. Collin Munro highest scorer was in tremendous form throughout. Helluva partly begins from Brian Lara Cricket Academy Ground.#PlayFightWinRepeat @iamsrk
— Ahmad Hamza Hashmi (@ahmadhashmi4701) September 17, 2018
Talk about winning in style!!!!
— cherisse moe (@cherissemoett) September 17, 2018
— Oshin (@vibes_shin) September 17, 2018
Champion champion Bravo, Colin Munro, @TKRiders is the champion. Back to back trophy… Congo to whole TkR team & management for such a traffic season. @DJBravo47 @iamsrk @VenkyMysore #CPLFinal #GAWvTKR
— Rishu Roshan (@imrrpandey) September 17, 2018
GAW – 101/6. 14 overs.
— SRK Universe (@SRKUniverse) September 16, 2018
If we get 150 or above I'll accept that as a winning score. #CPLfinal
— Joshua Ferreira (@Joshua10_MUFC) September 16, 2018
— TrinbagoKnightRiders (@TKRiders) September 16, 2018
15 years of T20. Greatest T20 player ever? Can't think of anyone better than @DJBravo47. Has won pretty much everything everywhere, wickets, runs, catches, run outs, won games single handedly and always entertaining. Anyone better? #CPL18 #Cricket #GAWvTKR @SkyCricket #CPLFinal
— (((Kalim))) (@kalim_a) September 16, 2018
— shantae johnson (@shantaejohnson) September 16, 2018
For me, Dwayne Bravo's slip catch has to be the best of the tournament. Pierre's had the element of luck (shouldn't disadvantage him!), but Bravo's movement was just stunning – and to his left. IMO, Bravo > Pierre > Powell. #CPL18 @irbishi @mj_slats
— Static_357 (@Static_a357) September 16, 2018
— Vick🇬🇾🇧🇷 (@Vickram0495) September 16, 2018
— Greg Bossick (@QuizBoss) September 16, 2018
— CPL T20 (@CPL) September 16, 2018
— Aaron Bauer (@ABauer_ATR) September 16, 2018
— Mohd Tauseef Raza (@Tausif_Razvi) September 17, 2018