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Colin Munro smashed an unbeaten 68 as the Trinbago Knight Riders crushed the Guyana Amazon Warriors by eight wickets to become the first franchise to win back-to-back Caribbean Premier League (CPL) titles.
Munro made history with his knock as he became the first player in the history of the tournament to score 500 runs in a season. The New Zealand batsman ended the tournament with 567 runs, which included six half-centuries, at an average of 51.54.
Opting to bowl first, the Knight Riders got off to the best possible start as Amazon Warriors opener Cameron Delport was clean bowled by Ali Khan on the very first ball of the match.
Luke Ronchi and Shimron Hetmyer made up for the loss of Delport with a 52-run partnership before Hetmyer was dismissed by Fawad Ahmed for 15.
Ronchi went on to score a 35-ball 44, which included six boundaries and a six, before he was sent packing by Khary Pierre.
The Amazon Warriors began to lose wickets at regular intervals after Ronchi’s dismissal, but with Jason Mohammed and Rayad Emrit scoring 24 and an unbeaten 14 respectively, they finished on 147/9 off their 20 overs.
Pierre was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Knight Riders captain Dwayne Bravo snapped up two, and Ali, Fawad and Sunil Narine chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 148 to win, the Knight Riders made a fantastic start to their innings as Denesh Ramdin and Brendon McCullum amassed a 52-run partnership before McCullum was caught by Delport at cover off the bowling of Amazon Warriors skipper Chris Green for 39.
Ramdin ended up making 24 before he hit his wicket with his bat off the bowling of Romario Shepherd.
Darren Bravo only made four runs before he suffered a hamstring injury and had to retire hurt and be helped off the field.
Despite this, Munro and Colin Ingram forged an unbeaten 47-run stand to lead the Knight Riders to their third CPL title.
Munro stole the spotlight with his unbeaten knock of 68, which came off 39 balls and included six boundaries and three sixes.
Green and Shepherd claimed one wicket each.
Pierre was named Man of the Match, while Munro won the Player of the Series award.