Patriots outclass St Lucia riding on Lewis' 92
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 196-6 (Lewis 92) beat
St Lucia Stars 163-8 (Nabi 3-15) by 33 runs
10th match, Caribbean Premier League, Gros Islet
After Evin Lewis' breezy 92 run knock powered St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to 196 for six, Mohammad Hafeez and Mohammad Nabi picked three wickets apiece to restrict St Lucia Stars to 163 in the chase in the 10th match of Caribbean Premier League at Gros Islet.
St Lucia won the toss and decided field first. Lewis (92) gave a blistering start to the innings, taking them past the 30-run mark inside three overs but Patriots lost Chris Gayle (10) and Hafeez (0) in successive balls from Jerome Taylor (3-46).
Brandon King (11) and Devon Thomas (9) were mere spectators in their respective 47 and 55 run stands with Lewis as the latter continued to dominate the attack single handedly.
Lewis marathon innings finally ended in the 17th over but by then Patriots reached the 150-run mark. Late cameos from Carlos Brathwaite (21) and Nabi (24 not out) ensured the visitors went on to post 196 for six in their 20 overs. Taylor was the pick of the St Lucia bowlers with a three wicket haul.
Andre Fletcher (48) started in a similar fashion to Lewis and just like the previous innings, Stars lost both Johnson Charles (13) and Kamran Akmal (5) in successive overs from Hafeez (3-22).
Fletcher and Marlon Samuels (21) tried to keep the hosts in the game but it was once again the Pakistan bowler, who provided the breakthrough with the wicket of the latter.
From there on St Lucia hardly recovered and despite cameos down the order from Kyle Mayers (20) and Rahkeem Cornwall (23), they could manage only 163 for eight. Thanks to Nabi (3-15), who claimed a three wicket haul as well.
Lewis bagged the player of the match for his fluent knock at the top of the order as St Kitts completed a 33 run victory.
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