Lewis helps Patriots make it three in three

News- St.Kitts and Nevis Patriots made it three wins out of three games following a clinical performance on Saturday (August 12) against St Lucia Stars. The 33-run victory has not only helped them maintain their unbeaten start to this season’s Caribbean Premier League but has also put them on top of the points table alongside Trinbago Knight Riders. St Lucia Stars, on the other hand, were left searching for their first win of the tournament.
Even though it was the bowlers who had stepped up in their previous two matches, the batsmen made their job easier this time around as opener Evin Lewis smashed a 52-ball 92 to help his side put up a massive 196 on the board after Darren Sammy won the toss and decided to bowl first. Lewis, who hit headlines with another Twenty20 International hundred against India last month, made a quiet start to the tournament with two single-digit scores.
But the left-hander redeemed himself and was back at his brutal best on the night at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in St Lucia as he sent the home side bowlers on a leather hunt despite losing skipper Chris Gayle in just the third over. Jerome Taylor, who got rid of the big Jamaican, struck off the very next ball to send Mohammad Hafeez back to the pavilion for a first-ball duck. But the wicket didn’t deter Lewis, who struck two sixes and a four off Taylor’s following over.
Mitchell McClenaghan was the next to bear the brunt as he was treated for a couple of sixes as well by the 25-year-old, who reached his half-century off 25 balls. Even though Brandon King and Devon Thomas didn’t manage to fetch a lot of runs, Lewis’ onslaught ensured the rate never dipped down. But with just eight runs short of his century, Lewis finally departed by steering one to the fielder at short-third man.Carlos Brathwaite and Mohammad Nabi chipped in with useful cameos to push the score beyond the daunting 190-run mark. Except for Andre Fletcher, none of the batsmen in the top six, including star allrounder Shane Watson, could fire for the home side during the chase.
The two overseas offspinners Hafeez and Nabi spun a web around the opposition and shared six wickets among them, conceding only 37 runs in total. St Lucia were never in the chase at any point in the contest as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. While Fletcher made a 33-ball 48, the next best effort came from the bat of Rahkeem Cornwall, who hit three sixes towards the end, something that only managed to bring down the losing margin by a bit. After losing four in four, it is safe to say that St Lucia cannot afford one more loss in the tournament if they still harbour hopes of making it to the playoffs.
Brief scores: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 196/6 in 20 overs (Evin Lewis 92, Mohammad Nabi 24*; Jerome Taylor 3-46) beat St Lucia Stars 163/8 in 20 overs (Andre Fletcher 48, Rahkeem Cornwall 23*; Mohammad Nabi 3-15, Mohammad Hafeez 3-22) by 33 runs.

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