Twitter Reactions: Evin Lewis’ century powers St Kitts and Nevis Patriots back to the top

Twitter Reactions: Evin Lewis’ century powers St Kitts and Nevis Patriots back to the top

Lewis smashed his way to a 52-ball 102, laced with 11 sixes and five fours.

Evin Lewis of Saint Kitts & Nevis Patriots
Evin Lewis of Saint Kitts & Nevis Patriots. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images)

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have managed to reclaim their top spot in the CPL 2021 points table. The Dwayne Bravo-led team ceased their three-match losing streak and thumped the Trinbago Knight Riders by eight wickets with as many as 32 balls left in their run-chase.

Colin Munro top-scores for TKR

After being put in to bat first, the Knights managed only 159 for the loss of seven wickets. Colin Munro played a handy knock of 47 off 34 before Jon-Russ Jaggesar accounted for his wicket. Lendl Simmons, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard perished after getting starts.

In the end, Sunil Narine smashed four sixes on his way to an unbeaten 18-ball 33. Jaggesar and Dominic Drakes were the pick of the Patriots’ bowlers as they picked up three wickets each. Sheldon Cottrell got the all-important wicket of Ramdin in the penultimate over of the powerplay.

Lewis powers the Patriots

In the run-chase, the Patriots didn’t allow the Knights to get a foothold back into the game. Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis scored 67 runs in the powerplay to bring the required rate down significantly. Ali Khan separated the duo, getting rid Gayle, who scored 35 off 18 with six fours and one six.

Thereafter, it was a one-man show from Lewis, who stayed until the very end. The southpaw smashed 102 off 52 balls with five fours and as many as 11 sixes. Narine ended with figures of 4-0-10-0, but he didn’t get much support from the others, much to his dismay.

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After the win, Lewis talked about the incident in CPL 2017 when Kieron Pollard inadvertently bowled a no-ball and denied the left-hander a century. Back then Pollard played for the Barbados Tridents, no Royals. Pollard also lauded Lewis for playing the match-winning hand.

“Feeling very good. It was a lot of hard work, lot of sacrifice and finally I did it. I still have it in mind (about Pollard denying him a century in CPL in an earlier season) and wanted to do well against TKR. We lost the last three games and we wanted to show that we are here to stay,” Lewis was quoted as saying.

“They have a lot of power, lot of guys who can take the game away from us. It was a good wicket and we were short with the bat. It (fielding) didn’t look good and sometimes it happens. You don’t want to miss the catches but that happens. He (Lewis) batted brilliantly and took the game from us,” Pollard said.

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