The 7th edition of the Caribbean Premier League concluded on a glittering Saturday night with a massive upset. Jason Holders’ Barbados Tridents trounced favourites Guyana Amazon Warriors in the T20 final by 28 runs, winning the CPL 2019 title in style after coming in as underdogs who lost Qualifier 1 to the Warriors. They took the scenic route, having to defeat the 3-time champs Trinbago Knight Riders in Qualifier 2 before getting another shot at the Warriors.
Here’s a quick look at some of the most amazing facts/stats of CPL 2019, which was a record-breaking tournament in many ways:
– The Guyana Amazon Warriors were on a 11-match winning streak entering the final. They became the first CPL team in its history to win ‘A Perfect 10’ in the league stages, not losing a single game on their way to the playoffs. Eventually, the team pulled off a “Moneyball,” breaking records but losing the one match that mattered the most.
– The Warriors are a record 0-5 in CPL finals. The team has reached the playoffs in all 7 seasons, but are yet to win the title.
– The Barbados Tridents won only 7 games and lost 6 on its way to the title – 5 in the league stages (finishing second) and 1 in the playoffs. Yet, Holder’s team went on to win their second CPL title. The Tridents now join Jamaica Tallawahs and Trinbago Knight Riders as the third CPL team to win more than 1 title.
– With 22 wickets, Tridents’ bowler Hayden Walsh Jr. became the first American cricketer to win the Player of the Series award in a franchise T20 league. He has played for the USA National team. He also joins Krishmar Santokie (2013) as only the second out-and-out bowler to win this award in CPL cricket. Walsh was the only bowler with a 5-for to his name this season.
– Warriors opener Brandon King finished as top scorer for CPL 2019, with 496 runs at an average of 55. King and Gayle were the only centurions of the season.
– The big international names to fail this season: Chris Gayle, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Hafeez, Colin Ingram, Carlos Brathwaite, Alex Hales, Darren Sammy and Andre Russell.
– The final was only the second time in seven seasons that the team batting first won. The chasing team has won 5 finals out of 7.