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Cooper helps Trinbago Knight Riders bag second CPL title
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In a dramatic finish to the final of Caribbean Premier League 2017, Trinbago Knight Riders defeated St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to clinch the title for the second time in their franchise history.

The Knight Riders were looking a spot of bother with 33 needed off the final three overs. They had only three wickets in hand but an assault that saw more boundaries in seven balls than Knight Riders total count before that in the match led them to three wicket win in the final.

Patriots had reduced Knight Riders to 90 for 7 and needed to defend 28 runs from 13 balls but Kevon Cooper finished the 18th over with a six. He hit two more sixes and a four in the 19th over and his unbeaten 29-run innings made the difference for Knight Riders.

In the low scoring final, Patriots were asked to bat first and with a strong batting line-up, they were expected to put up a good total. But Javon Searles rocked them early with early wickets. He struck in his first over as Chris Gayle was caught at backward point.

He struck again in the second over when Mohammed Hafeez hit one straight to mid-off. Knight Riders had reduced Patriots to 11 for 2. And, then came Sunil Narine.

One of the better things that TKR bowlers did was take the pace off the ball. Narine and Dan Christian bowled slow which never allowed Patriots to score freely. Narine dismissed Evin Lewis and finished with figures of 4-1-8-1.

Cooper also joined in and picked up two wickets for himself. The early wickets had jolted Patriots and Cooper just built on it. The Patriots were 114 for seven after 19 overs and TKR’s Dwayne Bravo decided to bowl himself.

That turned out to be a bad idea as Mohammad Nabi scored 18 off 5 balls and Patriots took 19 runs from the final over to finish with 135 runs for 7 wickets in 20 overs.

But Knight Riders chase was also hit by early wickets. Sheldon Cottrell picked the wicket of Narine as he top edged it. The high catch was accepted by Cottrell.

Bravo promoted himself to number three but lived for only two balls. Cottrell came up with a peach of a yorker to uproot Bravo’s leg stump.

Patriots had TKR at 29 for 2 after 5 overs and Mohammad Nabi was asked to bowl the final over of the powerplay. Colin Munro was holding on to one end. He pulled, came down the track and slogged to collect three sixes in that over. TKR finished power play at 48 for 2.

But momentum shifted back to Patriots as the middle overs saw the fall of Munro, caught at long-on, Darren Bravo — LBW to Hafeez who also picked up the wicket of Hamza Tariq. Tabrez Shamsi also dismissed Searles.

Cooper and Ramdin then got together and slowly moved their team towards the total. It was looking difficult until that Hilfenhaus over.

The first ball was called a wide. Second as well. The third was a high full toss that went over the ropes for a six. It was later called a no-ball. The free-hit went for four. On the final ball of the over, Ramdin ran a single which took his team over the line.

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