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Ahmed bowls TKR into CPL final
Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed has bowled the Trinbago Knight Riders into tomorrow’s Hero Caribbean Premier League against the Guyana Amazon Warriors.
The Australian picked up three wickets for just 13 runs as TKR beat the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by 20 runs at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba to set up a grudge match with the Warriors tomorrow.
But it was Trinidadian medium pacer Kevon Cooper who sealed it for TKR by defending 27 runs in the final over to lift the home side to victory. Cooper conceded just seven runs and picked up the wicket of Carlos Braithwaite as his side reached their third final in the last four years.
Cooper finished with one for 15 while mystery spinner Sunil Narine bagged two for 21 as TKR stopped a slide of two loses at the right time to give themselves a chance at lifting a third CPL title.
Devon Thomas top-scored for the Patriots with 35 runs.
Earlier, Brendon McCullum led TKR with 43 runs while Colin Munro (29) and Denesh Ramdin (27 not out) made valuable contributions as TKR notched 165 for six.
Scores: Trinbago Knight Riders 166-5 (20) (B. McCullum 43, C. Munro 29, D. Ramdin 27 no, S. Cottrell 2/24) bt St Kitts Nevis Patriots 145-8 (20) (D. Thomas 35, B. King 33, F. Allen 32 no, F. Ahmed 3/13, S. Narine 2/21)
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