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Patriots hold nerve in tight four run victory over Guyana

Carlos Brathwaite bowled a splendid final over
Carlos Brathwaite bowled a splendid final over
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St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 132-3 (Gayle 66no) beat
Guyana Amazon Warriors 128-8 (Mohammed 41) by four runs
Fourth match, Caribbean Premier League, Lauderhill

An unbeaten 66 run knock followed by a terrific final over from Carlos Brathwaite proved vital as St Kitts and Nevils Patriots registered a four run win against Guyana Amazon Warriors, defending a total of 133 runs in the fourth match of Caribbean Premier League in Lauderhill.

Guyana won the toss and decided to bowl first. Evin Lewis (4) struggled in his 15 ball knock while Gayle (66 not out) also was slow to begin with as they managed only 25 runs in the powerplay.

With no momentum whatsoever, Mohammad Hafeez (11) too departed and at halfway mark, they were positioned 45 for two. Even though the runs did not come freely, Gayle and Brandon King (39) added a solid 97 run stand.

Gayle, who stepped up the scoring rate in the final overs, reached his fifty off 42 balls while King was run out in the penultimate over as St Kitts managed 132 for three in the 20 overs.

It was a tough chase to begin with for Guyana as Chadwick Walton (10) and Steven Taylor (2) fell early. They looked comfortable following handy contributions from Babar Azam (21), Jason Mohammed (41) and Gajanand Singh (28).

Guyana were left with a eight run target off the final over with five wickets in hand but Brathwaite (1-41) bowled the over of the game in which he removed Gajanand while Rayad Emrit (9) and Sohail Tanvir (1) were run out. Guyana could manage only three runs in the final over as they succumbed to a four run defeat.

Gayle was awarded the man of the match for his unbeaten fifty.

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