Nicholas Pooran blasts Barbados Tridents to victory
Nicholas Pooran scored a blistering 81 to take the Barbados Tridents to 173 following which the bowlers put up a clinical performance restricting St Lucia Zouks to 148, thereby ensuring a comfortable 25-run victory for the home team in the 18th match of the Caribbean Premier League in Barbados.
St Lucia Zouks won the toss and elected to bowl first. Barbados Tridents got off to a sedate start scoring just 28 runs in the powerplay phase. Both the openers fell in successive openers with the score reading 51 for two. Shoaib Malik (15) chipped one to the covers while Kyle Hope (28) sliced a Derone Davis (1-31) delivery to backward point.
By the halfway mark, Barbados Tridents were 58 for two. With back-to-back sixes in the 13th over off Davis, Pooran (81) took the Barbados Tridents close to the 100-run mark.
With two more boundaries in the 14th over, Pooran brought the 50-run stand with AB de Villiers (32), who looked solid at the other end.
Even though, St Lucia Zouks managed to dismiss de Villiers, Pooran looked in ominous form as he brought his 28-ball half-century with a four followed by a six.
Shane Watson (0-37) wasn't spared either as Pooran smashed the former Australian all-rounder for three boundaries and a six in the 18th over.
However, Watson came back strong conceding just five runs in the five overs but the Barbados Tridents went on to post 173 for five in the 20 overs.
Andre Fletcher (20) scored a couple of boundaries and a six in the first three overs to take the St Luciz Zouks to 28 for naught. However, Johnson Charles (8) struggled in his 16-ball stay and was stumped off the bowling of Robin Peterson (1-23).
Ravi Rampaul (2-22) dented St Lucia Zouks' chances further after dismissing Shane Watson (0) and Fletcher in successive overs.
With Malik (1-12) castling David Miller (11), St Lucia Zouks were in deep trouble at 60 for four following which the visitors never recovered and eventually succumbed to a 25-run defeat. Pooran bagged the man of the match award.
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