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AB de Villiers blitz secures seven-wicket victory for Tridents

AB de Villiers in action for the Barbados Tridents.
AB de Villiers in action for the Barbados Tridents.

Barbados Tridents 166-3 (de Villiers 63no) beat
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 162 (Lewis 50) by seven wickets
Eighth game, Caribbean Premier League, St Kitts
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Riding on fifties from AB de Villiers and Shoaib Malik, Barbados Tridents went on to register their first victory in the Caribbean Premier League after chasing down 163 with seven wickets in hand against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in eighth game in St Kitts.

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots won the toss and elected to bat first. St Kitts and Patriots suffered an early setback as Lendl Simmons (2) was caught behind off the second ball from Wayne Parnell (2-22).

The home team lost Faf du Plessis (8) and JJ Smuts (14) as well and were restricted to 40 for three in the powerplay.

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Evin Lewis (50) continued from where he left in the previous game and added 54 runs for the fourth wicket with Jonathan Carter (41).

Carter scored the first six of the game in the 11th over while Lewis plundered two more in the 12th over and reached his fifty off 31 deliveries.

Despite, losing Lewis, Carter along with useful contributions from Devon Thomas (21) and Carlos Brathwaite (11) took St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to 162 for eight in the 20 overs.

David Wiese (2-14) and Parnell picked two wickets apiece for the Barbados Tridents.

Malik (54) started the chase well with a six and a boundary in the first three overs but Steven Taylor (3) was dismissed by Thisara Perera (2-31).

Parnell (16) was promoted to number three and he upped the ante for the Tridents with a six and a boundary to take the total to 38 for one in the powerplay.

But it was Perera once again, who provided the breakthrough for the St Kitts as he had Parnell caught at long on. At the halfway mark, Barbados Tridents were 67 for two, needing 96 more runs to win.

Malik and de Villiers (63 not out) looked fluent in their partnership of 63 runs which came off just 39 deliveries to bring the chase in control.

Malik fell in the 14th over after completing his fifty but de Villiers and Kieron Pollard (25 not out) ensured there were no further hiccups completing the chase in 18.4 overs with seven wickets in hand.

De Villiers bagged the man of the match for his unbeaten fifty. The win has taken Barbados Tridents to fourth place in the table while St Kitts and Nevis Patriots retained their position at third despite losing three games.

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