Red Steel claim CPL title
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel crowned themselves the new champions of the Caribbean Premier League when they beat title-holders Barbados Tridents by 20 runs in the final here last night.
Playing before a sold-out crowd at Queen's Park Oval, Red Steel successfully defended their 178 for five to take their first ever CPL title.
Opting to bat first, Red Steel were propelled by Kamran Akmal, who top-scored with 60 off 46 balls while opener Cameron Delport hit 50 from 38 deliveries. The pair put on 102 for the second wicket after opener Jacques Kallis fell cheaply for eight with the score on 18 in the third over.
Captain Dwayne Bravo struck an unbeaten 29 off 15 deliveries.
Seamers Rayad Emrit (2-25) and Kieron Pollard (2-28) picked up two wickets apiece.
In reply, Tridents started well but then fell away as the runs dried up. Opener Dwayne Smith lashed a top score of 49 from 30 balls, putting on 47 off 25 balls for the first wicket with Steven Taylor, who hit 20 off 10 balls.
Once Smith fell in the 10th over with the score on 85, Tridents stumbled badly and the run rate climbed steadily, leaving them needing 26 off the last over.
Barbadian left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn performed the final rites, sending down a final over, which cost just six runs, to hand Red Steel the title.