Mohammad Nabi and Roston Chase have been proper on cue as they lead St Lucia Zouks to an enthralling 10-run victory over St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in a day-night encounter on the Brian Lara Stadium on Saturday.
With this victory, the Zouks have established themselves on the high of the Caribbean Premier League factors desk.
Within the seventh match of the CPL 2020, the Patriots gained the toss and captain Rayad Emrit opted to subject first.
The choice to bowl, although, backfired because the Zouks went on a rampant scoring spree with their openers Andre Fletcher ( 46 off 33 balls; 4×6, 6×1) and Rahkeem Cornwall ( 16 off 16 balls; 6×1). Whereas Sheldon Cottrell and Sohail Tanvir began tightly to Cornwall, Andre Fletcher was capable of decide up boundaries off each.
Cornwall retired ailing within the third over, and was changed by Mark Deyal ( 30 off 17 balls; 6×3). Whereas Mark Deyal began with a most on the primary ball, he may have been dismissed off his third when Ben Dunk missed a slip catch off Jon-Russ Jaggesar. Jaggesar’s frustration grew when Kieran Powell stepped on the rope whereas attempting to finish a juggling catch.
The onslaught continued as the sector went again, with Deyal launching his third most to convey up the 50 stand off simply 27 balls.
Patriots lastly acquired the breakthrough when Ish Sodhi took a great juggling catch at mid-off to dismiss Deyal off Emrit’s first ball. With the rating studying 73/1 off simply 7 overs, Patriots wanted some fast wickets to convey some semblance to their determination to bowl first.
However new man in Najibullah Zadran ( 28 off 24 balls; 4×3, 6×1) and Fletcher stitched one other partnership to show the tide in favour of the Zouks. Jaggesar lastly acquired his man when Fletcher picked out deep midwicket. With the Zouks so effectively set, it was a shock to see the anchorman Roston Chase come into bat, and he fell to a Jaggesar carrom ball earlier than he may make his mark on the sport.
Tanvir picked up Najibullah and Sammy caught behind in the identical over, and at 123/5 within the 15th the Zouks have been in peril of losing a promising begin. Cornwall was effectively sufficient to return however hit just one boundary earlier than getting freakishly run out.
Nabi confirmed his expertise and sophistication with two large Hero Maximums off Tanvir, considered one of which went actually out of the bottom. One other flurry off the 20th took the Zouks to an imposing 172/6 regardless of their mid-innings stutter.
Nabi was again within the motion instantly, bowling a superb first over to Chris Lynn ( 14 off 11 balls; 4×2) and Evin Lewis (29 off 20 balls; 4×4, 6×2). The 2 openers have been trying harmful however a shocked Lynn needed to depart when Najibullah sprung magnificently to take the catch of the match up to now off the bowling of Nabi. Joshua Da Silva was dismissed cheaply by Chase for 1 because the Patriots completed the Powerplay at 52/2.
Chase continued to impress when he dismissed Lewis within the seventh over. Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin ( 46 off 35 balls; 4×2, 6×2) was the one one to remain vigilant on the crease because the wickets stored falling on the reverse finish. It was solely on the demise when fast-bowler Cottrell led a late fight-back with a blitzing knock of 29 off simply 11 deliveries ( 4×1, 6×3).
It was a matter of too little, too late in the long run because the Patriots fell 10-runs shy of the goal towards a disciplined bowling efficiency from the Zouks led by Roston Chase ( 4-0-12-3) and Scott Kuggeleijn ( 4-0-33-4).
Transient Scores: St Lucia Zouks 172/6 (Fletcher 46, Nabi 35*, Deyal 30, Najibullah 28; Jaggesar 2/29, Tanvir 2/41, Emrit 1/14) beat St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 162/8 (Ramdin 46, Lewis 29, Cottrell 26*; Kuggeleijn 4/33, Chase 3/12, Nabi 1/17) by 10 runs