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AB de Villiers tames Patriots yet again

AB de Villiers (left) was among the runs once again.
AB de Villiers (left) was among the runs once again.

Barbados Tridents 180-6 (de Villiers 82) beat
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 155-8 (Carter 46) by 25 runs
14th match, Caribbean Premier League, Barbados
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AB de Villiers showed his masterclass yet again as Barbados Tridents managed to restrict the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to 155 for eight in a chase of 181, ensuring a 25-run victory in the 14th game of the Caribbean Premier League in Barbados.

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots won the toss and elected to field first. The Barbados Tridents openers struggled to get going as both Steven Taylor (2) and Raymon Reifer (1) were dismissed in the first three overs.

Samuel Badree (1-41) struck in his first over as Shoaib Malik (16) was caught at short fine leg. At the end of the powerplay, Barbados Tridents were placed at 34 for three.

Nicholas Pooran (38) and de Villiers (82) struck a six each in the 10th over by the end of which the Tridents reached 68 for three.

Pooran went berserk in the next over plundering three sixes of JJ Smuts (0-20) bringing the 50-run stand with de Villiers. However, he was castled by Tabraiz Shamsi (1-32) in the next over.

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Meanwhile, de Villiers upped the ante and raced to a 37-ball fifty with a couple of boundaries in the 16th over and added vital 83-run stand with Kieron Pollard (27). The pair added 61 runs in the final five overs to take the Barbados Tridents to 180 for six in the 20 overs.

Kieran Powell, who replaced Evin Lewis for the first time in the tournament, did not come to bat after he indulged in a collision with Smuts at the closing stage of the first innings.

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots raced to 44 for two in the first overs, but lost Lendl Simmons (18) and Smuts (13). With Brad Hodge (2) failing to make an impact, the Patriots reached 76 for three in 10 overs, needing another 105 to win.

After a couple of quiet overs, Faf du Plessis (42) smashed three boundaries while Jonathan Carter (46) was handed a reprieve when David Wiese (0-19) overstepped before taking a return catch.

With five overs left in the game, Patriots needed 67 runs to win but the Tridents bowlers delivered the goods once again ensuring a 25-run victory for the home team.

De Villiers was awarded the man of the match for his blistering knock. The win has taken the Barbados Tridents to the second position in the table while St Kitts and Nevis Patriots are placed fifth.

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