Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Dominic Drakes sees St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to CPL glory. The 23-year-old scored 48* off 24 balls, his highest score in T20 cricket
The 23-year-old scored 48* off 24 balls, his highest score in T20 cricket
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots were crowned champions of the 2021 Caribbean Premier League in a thrilling last-ball finish in Basseterre, where 23-year-old Dominic Drakes tapped a single and ran to glory.
It wasn't just a perfect comeback for Dwayne Bravo's team, which had lost their way halfway into the tournament, but also for Drakes who had conceded three consecutive death-over sixes earlier in the day. He made it up with an unbeaten 48 off 24 balls, his highest score in T20 cricket as Saint Lucia Kings were condemned to a three-wicket loss, their second on the bounce in a CPL final.
Patriots were chasing a target of 160, which at the halfway mark in the game looked like a sporting score. It had a lot to do with how Keemo Paul's three sixes in the 19th over inflated the score on a slightly tacky, two-paced pitch which had enough variations in it for the spinners. Chris Gayle found it out when he was bowled on nought by Roston Chase in the opening over, getting the run-chase off to a rocky start. Not much later in the powerplay, Chase took a stunning forward-diving catch in the deep to send back Evin Lewis, and even the patch work from Sherfane Rutherford and Joshua Da Silva in the middle overs later did little to help the tempo of the innings.
Bravo's dismissal for 8 in the 14th over meant that Patriots needed 65 from the final 6 overs but had half the side back in the pavilion. Drakes got his match-turning 44-run partnership with Fabian Allen going with a couple of sixes. That helped bring the equation down to 21 off the final 2 overs, a very achievable feat in modern-day cricket, except that Allen got out only a ball into the penultimate over. Left with 9 to get from the final over, with Naseem Shah for company, Drakes hit the fifth ball Kesrick Williams' over to all but seal the game. Premature celebrations in the dugout told the story.
The toss was a fair deal as both the captains got what they wanted to do. For Kings, the start with the bat was all the more crucial because Andre Fletcher chose to bat first. “We are going to bat. That is our strength and we beat them in the two leagues doing the same as well,” he had said before the game. But it was a rocky start, with Fletcher ironically being the first one to depart. Mark Deyal's semifinal form only accounted for a run tonight before Chase and Rahkeem Cornwall added 44 runs for the third wicket.
Powered by Paul's sixes, the Kings added 52 runs in the last four overs despite Fabian Allen finishing with fantastic figures of 4-0-17-1. Naseem Shah and Fawad Ahmed had combined figures of 8-1-58-4 as all bowlers except Drakes did well across their full quota of overs. Clearly Drakes had left his best for later.
Brief Scores: Saint Lucia Kings 159/7 in 20 overs (Cornwall 43, Chase 43; Shah 2-26) lost to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 160/7 in 20 overs (Drakes 48*; Riaz 2-36) by 3 wickets