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Tridents end Warriors streak to claim second CPL title
CPL 2019

Tridents end Warriors streak to claim second CPL title

Barbados Tridents finally put an end to Guyana Amazon Warriors' unbeaten run in the tournament to bag their second Caribbean Premier League title.

The Shoaib Malik-led Warriors entered the competition's final having won 11 games on the trot but were overpowered by a rapid Jonathan Carter half-century and a stunning spell of bowling from Raymon Reifer.

Tridents, who claimed their previous CPL title five years ago, suffered a mini-collapse following a steady start to their innings.

Alex Hales and Johnson Charles put on 43 runs for the first wicket before the end of the Powerplay but struggled to build on the early advantage as Imran Tahir tightened the screws with his sharp leg-spin bowling.

Malik's shrewd rotation of bowlers gave the Barbados batsmen little time to settle leaving them reeling at 108-6 by the 15th over.

Carter then produced a remarkable innings, forging a blistering 63-run stand with Ashely Nurse.

The bulk of mighty scoring shots came from Carter's bat, who smashed a total of four sixes and four boundaries in his unbeaten 27-ball 50 as he helped his side to an imposing total of 171-6.

The Warriors faced jolts in the Powerplay in the form of the loss of Chandrapaul Hemraj and Shimron Hetmyer but Brandon King held one end firmly.

However, his dismissal for a well-made 43 opened the floodgates for lower-order struggles amid the climbing asking rate.

Keemo Paul's brief pyrotechnics with the bat could not prevent the Warriors from crashing to their fifth CPL final defeat in seven seasons.

Tridents, captained by West Indies Test skipper Jason Holder, were lingering in the bottom half of the points table for a majority of the season but completed an extraordinary turnaround to lift the coveted trophy.

The prizes for player of the match and player of the tournament were bestowed on Tridents' Carter and Hayden Walsh respectively.