CPL 2021 Final- SNP beat SLK: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots claimed their first ever Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title as they defeated the Saint Lucia Kings by three wickets in a closely contested encounter at Warner Park. All big IPL stars like Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis failed but little known Dominick Drakes turned out to be a unlikely hero for Patriots.
In what was a dramatic final, the Patriots managed to successfully chase their target with Dominic Drakes the hero with the bat, scoring 48 off 24 balls and securing a remarkable victory with the last ball of the match.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 160/7 (Drakes 48*, Da Silva 37; Riaz 2/36, Chase 1/17) beat Saint Lucia Kings 159/7 (Cornwall 43, Chase 43; Naseem 2/26, Fawad 2/32) by three wickets.
“I just turned the tide. I have been playing for three years, but this was my first real chance this season. This isn’t just for me, this is for Bravo, this is for the team. I just wanted to do it for the team, I wanted to serve the purpose. I had promised to give him the jersey – Thank you father, this is for you,”
CPL 2021 Final- SNP beat SLK: Big IPL stars fails but Drakes guides St Kitts & Nevis Patriots to maiden CPL title in a last ball thriller
CPL 2021 Final- SNP beat SLK: The Saint Lucia Kings won the toss and chose to bat, as they did in their semi-final match. Despite losing wickets at key stages of the game, they built a total around the batting of Roston Chase, who stabilised the innings, allowing the likes of Rahkeem Cornwall and Keemo Paul to play with attacking intent and guide them to 159/7.
Saint Lucia Kings started their innings with the loss of both captain Andre Fletcher and Mark Deyal in the Powerplay. Cornwall got the innings back on track with some power hitting but the Patriots utilised spin to great effect; Fabian Allen, Jon-Russ Jaggesar and Fawad Ahmed working in unison to pick up three wickets in the middle overs and leave the Kings in peril. Roston Chase anchored the innings and a late burst from Paul, which saw him hit three consecutive sixes in an over as he scored 39 runs off just 21 balls, took the Kings to a challenging total.
CPL 2021 Final- SNP beat SLK: It was a dream start for the Kings with the ball, as Chris Gayle was bowled by a Chase delivery, and not long after, Evin Lewis was caught out, with Chase being the fielder. Joshua da Silva and Sherfane Rutherford began to rebuild, but quick wickets, including that of captain DJ Bravo, saw the Patriots in trouble at 95-5. However, things would take a dramatic turn as Drakes recorded his highest ever score in cricket, firing six boundaries to take the Patriots over the line in dramatic fashion with a single off the last ball.
Caribbean Premier League winners:
2013 – Jamaica
2014 – Barbados
2015 – Trinidad
2016 – Jamaica
2017 – Trinidad
2018 – Trinidad
2019 – Barbados
2020 – Trinidad
2021 – St Kitts & Nevis Patriots
Players to play 500+ T20s
Kieron Pollard (561)
Dwayne Bravo (500)
Players to win most T20 titles — 15
|Chris Gayle||b Roston Chase||0||4||0||0||0.00|
|Evin Lewis||c Roston Chase b W Riaz||6||6||1||0||100.00|
|Joshua Da Silva (WK)||c D Wiese b Kesrick Williams||37||32||5||0||115.63|
|Sherfane Rutherford||c & b Alzarri Joseph||25||22||1||2||113.64|
|Dwayne Bravo (C)||c Keemo Paul b D Wiese||8||11||0||0||72.73|
|Dominic Drakes||Not out||48||24||3||3||200.00|
|Fabian Allen||c Keemo Paul b W Riaz||20||18||2||0||111.11|
|Sheldon Cottrell||runout (ADS Fletcher / Roston Chase)||5||2||1||0||250.00|
|Naseem Shah||Not out||1||2||0||0||50.00|
|Extra||10 (b 0, w 7, nb 1, lb 2)|
|Yet To Bat||JL Jaggesar, Fawad Ahmed|
|Andre Fletcher (WK/C)||c Sheldon Cottrell b Fawad Ahmed||11||7||0||1||157.14|
|Rahkeem Cornwall||b Fabian Allen||43||32||5||2||134.38|
|Mark Deyal||c Sherfane Rutherford b DC Drakes||1||3||0||0||33.33|
|Roston Chase||b Naseem Shah||43||40||4||2||107.50|
|David Wiese||b JL Jaggesar||2||6||0||0||33.33|
|Tim David||b Fawad Ahmed||10||10||0||1||100.00|
|Keemo Paul||c (sub Jonathan Carter) b Naseem Shah||39||21||0||5||185.71|
|Wahab Riaz||Not out||2||1||0||0||200.00|
|Jeavor Royal||Not out||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Extra||8 (b 0, w 8, nb 0, lb 0)|
|Yet To Bat||Alzarri Joseph, Kesrick Williams|
9:25 PM IST: Back to back wickets for SKNP, SLK in trouble
9:09 PM IST: Just run off the ninth over bowled by Fabian Allen. SKNP ahead at the moment
8:55 PM IST: Maiden over for Naseem Shah
8:50 PM IST: Injury scare for Rajasthan Royals. Evin Lewis is taken off the field after he injured his shoulder while fielding in CPL 2021 Finals.
8:45 PM IST: Cornwall takes charge to resurrect his team after a couple of wickets.
8:35 PM IST: Rahkeem Cornwall slams a six against Naseem Shah- right over the bowlers head.
8:30 PM IST: Excellent catch by Sheldon Cottrell to remove Andre Fletcher. He leans backwards to complete a sensational catch.
8:17 PM IST: Welcome back! We are just minutes away from live-action
8:08 PM IST: The match will resume at 8.20 PM IST
8 PM IST: Covers have been taken off as bright sunshine can be witnessed over Warner Park.
7:52 PM IST: Slight drizzle continues to take place leading to a delay in play resumption. The clouds have cleared out of blue sky.
7:48 PM IST: Rollers are trying to remove the water from the field which will follow the removal of covers.
7:44 PM IST: Dwayne Bravo today becomes just the second cricketer to play 500 T20 matches, following Kieron Pollard!
7:42 PM IST: The clouds have started to clear with sun popping out. Groundstaff keeping a close watch.
7:35 PM IST: Rain interrupts play. The showers are not heavy and are expected to stop very soon.
7:33 PM IST: Andre Fletcher hits the first six of the match off 4th delivery.
7.30 PM IST: GAME ON! Sheldon Cottrell starts the proceedings with the ball.
St Lucia Kings paved their way to the final after securing 21 runs off the reigning champions Trinbago Knight Riders in the semi-final 1 yesterday. The Kings were without their skipper Faf du Plessis and were led by Andre Fletcher who opted to bat after winning the toss. The Kings posted a huge total of 205/4 after Mark Deyal’s 78 off 44 and bowled out Knight Riders at 184 runs on the back of David Wiese’s 5-39.
Caribbean Premier League Players to watch out
- Tim David – Saint Lucia Kings – Royal Challengers Bangalore
- Faf du Plessis – Saint Lucia Kings – Chennai Super Kings
- Chris Gayle – St Kitts and Nevis Patriots – Punjab Kings
- Evin Lewis – St Kitts and Nevis Patriots – Rajasthan Royals
- Dwayne Bravo – St Kitts and Nevis Patriots – Chennai Super Kings
- Fabian Allen – St Kitts and Nevis Patriots – Punjab Kings
- Sherfane Rutherford – St Kitts and Nevis Patriots – Sunrisers Hyderabad
Saint Lucia Kings: Andre Fletcher(w/c), Rahkeem Cornwall, Mark Deyal, Roston Chase, David Wiese, Tim David, Keemo Paul, Jeavor Royal, Alzarri Joseph, Wahab Riaz, Kesrick Williams
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Dwayne Bravo(c), Fabian Allen, Sherfane Rutherford, Joshua Da Silva(w), Dominic Drakes, Sheldon Cottrell, Naseem Shah, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Fawad Ahmed
7:05 PM IST: Saint Lucia Kings won the toss and opted to bat
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