Defending champions the Barbados Tridents will face home side the Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel in the final at the Queen’s Park Oval, with the ground sold out to capacity and an extra stand in place due to unprecedented demand for tickets.
The Red Steel have produced an incredible run to the final, making the most of home advantage over the last 10 days to win five out of their last six matches (all wins coming at home), including eliminator victories over the much-fancied Jamaica Tallawahs and the Guyana Amazon Warriors.
Dwayne Bravo has inspired his team all tournament and he is by far the competition’s leading wicket-taker with 28. “It’d be good to win the final for the first time, but I know it’s not going to be easy,” he said after their stunning six-wicket triumph over the Warriors on Saturday.
Bravo and opposite number Kieron Pollard are best friends off the field, but they will be rivals on it on Sunday as Pollard – a Trinidadian – will be aiming to lead the Tridents to their second successive CPL title.
The Tridents won the competition last year after beating the Warriors in a rain-hit final, and they also finished top of the group stage this time around, though they haven’t played since Saturday 18 July, beating the Warriors by 14 runs on their own patch at Providence.
“Knowing the final was in Trinidad was something I’d envisaged before the tournament, leading out the Tridents,” said Pollard. “It’s a great achievement being here… I guess for me leading out a Barbados team in Trinidad, it was kind of funny the other day, but now it’s back to business and we’ve got a final we want to win.”
The action gets under way at the Queen’s Park Oval at 4.30pm local, 2130 GMT. Don’t miss it!