Evin Lewis' blistering knock puts Trinbago Knight Riders in spot of bother
Evin Lewis smashed a 40-ball 79 to power St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to 180 following which their bowlers restricted the Trinbago Knight Riders to 146 ensuring a 34-run victory in the 26th match of the Caribbean Premier League in Lauderhill.
Trinbago Knight Riders won the toss and opted to field first. Evin Lewis (79) set Central Broward Regional Park Stadium on fire, smashing five sixes and three boundaries in the first six overs, but St Kitts and Nevis Patriots lost JJ Smuts (16) in the final delivery of the powerplay.
Lewis brought his half-century off 24 deliveries, but Trinbago Knight Riders pulled things back with wickets of Lendl Simmons (5) and Faf du Plessis (2). Both being victims of Sunil Narine (3-27). At the halfway mark, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots were 92 for three.
Lewis struck two more sixes in the 12th from Narine but the mystery spinner eventually had his revenge having him dismissed a couple of deliveries later.
Cameos from Jonathan Carter (27 not out) and Shamarh Brooks (35 not out) took St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to 180 for five in the 20 overs with their unbeaten 58-run stand which came in just 39 deliveries.
Trinbago Knight Riders lost Brendon McCullum (1) early in the chase, but Hashim Amla (33) scored two boundaries in the fourth over to inject some momentum to the innings.
Amla's 26-ball stay ended when he was run-out in the sixth over as the Knight Riders ended the powerplay at 46 for two.
Ramnaresh Sarwan (9) struggled during his 15-ball knock and between overs seven and 10, the Trinbago Knight Riders added just 25 runs allowing the required-run-rate to climb to 11.
Munro took the attack to Jonathan Carter (0-33) when he smashed him for 19 runs in the 12th over but the Trinbago Knight Riders kept losing wickets unable to keep a check on the required-run-rate and eventually were dismissed for 146.
This is St Kitts and Nevis Patriots second win in the tournament from nine games while Trinbago Knight Riders slipped to the fourth position after the defeat. Lewis bagged the man of the match award.
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