Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Another Lewis special puts Patriots in finale. Lewis remained unbeaten on 77 in the chase.
Lewis remained unbeaten on 77 in the chase.
Evin Lewis continued his spectacular show with the bat, hitting a magnificent 77 not out as Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots overhauled Guyana Amazon Warriors' 178/9 with 13 balls and seven wickets to spare to storm into the CPL 2021 final.
Patriots' decision to field first after winning the toss was vindicated by a clinical bowling effort that triggered a dramatic collapse in the middle overs to see Warriors slip from 88 for 2 to 131 for 8 in the latter half of their innings. Brandon King gave them a brisk start though, hitting a couple of sixes in his 17-ball 27 as the openers went at above 10/over in their partnership.
Warriors rebuilt through Chanderpaul Hemraj and Shoaib Malik, while captain Nicholas Pooran (26 off 14 balls) launched the fireworks briefly after the departure of the latter as he hit thee sixes and a boundary more in his short stay. However, Patriots derailed their innings by striking thrice in successive overs to rob them of momentum. Skipper Shimron Hetmyer stood strong at one end, and hit a brisk 45 not out in just 20 balls amidst a collapse around him to guide the side to a commanding 178/9 nonetheless.
That, however, didn't prove nearly enough to challenge the red-hot form of Lewis and Chris Gayle. The Patriots openers posted 68 in the powerplay, with Gayle taking the lead in their 76-run stand. The veteran enthralled the audience with three sixes and five boundaries in his 27-ball 42 before Kevin Sinclair found a way past the destructive opening stand with his wicket.
However, Leiws took over seamlessly after losing his senior partner and went on to hit a match-winning 77 in just 29 deliveries, laced with as many as eight sixes and three boundaries. Offering support at the other end was skipper Dwayne Bravo, who promoted himself at one-drop, as Patriots looked to build on the strong start having just lost Gayle after a cracking start to the tall chase. Bravo played an ideal foil to Lewis, making a 31-ball 34 at the other end as Lewis didn't let the asking-rate climb.
Odean Smith did briefly halt that charge by taking out Bravo and Fabian Allen in the 16th over but with Lewis still in the middle, Patriots were cruising towards the target that they eventually overhauled with the penultimate ball of the 18th over to set up a finale date with St. Lucia Kings on Wednesday.
Brief scores: Guyana Amazon Warriors 178/9 in 20 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 45*; Jon-Russ Jaggesar 2-19) lost to Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots 181/3 in 17.5 oves (Evin Lewis 77*, Chris Gayle 42) by 7 wickets