Twitter Reactions: Evin Lewis helps St Kitts and Nevis Patriots register CPL 2021 finals berth

Twitter Reactions: Evin Lewis helps St Kitts and Nevis Patriots register CPL 2021 finals berth

The southpaw scored a 39-ball 77 with three fours and eight sixes.

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

After losing four of their last five games in the CPL 2021 league stage, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have qualified for the final of the tournament. In the semi-final, they beat the Guyana Amazon Warriors by seven wickets at the Warner Park and gave an account of their stupendous potential.

Shimron Hetmyer plays a blinder

After being put into bat first, the Warriors notched 178 on the board for the loss of nine wickets. Brandon King and Chandrapaul Hemraj scored 27 each, but none could carry on. Nicholas Pooran also got out to Dominic Drakes after scoring a 14-ball 26 with the help of one four and three sixes.

However, it was Shimron Hetmyer’s unbeaten 20-ball 45 that guided the Warriors to a respectable score. His knock was laced with two fours and four sixes. Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Drakes, Naseem Shah and Fawad Ahmed picked up two wickets each for the high-flying Patriots.

Lewis steps up for the Patriots

In the run-chase, Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis’ 76-run stand off 44 balls set the tone for the innings. After Kevin Sinclair dismissed Gayle for 42, skipper Dwayne Bravo promoted himself to third in the lineup. The move didn’t backfire as he scored a 31-ball 34 with three fours and one six.

He was also involved in an 88-run stand with Evin Lewis. The latter was at his devastating best as he notched an unbeaten 39-ball 77 with three fours and eight sixes. On the back of Lewis’ brilliance, the Patriots chased the target down with as many as 13 balls to spare in their innings.

As a bowling group, we weren’t up to the mark, reckoned Nicholas Pooran

After the Patriots won, Bravo was over the moon and lauded the bowlers for being up to the mark in the crunch game. Pooran, on the other hand, was a tad dejected, but he also praised his teammates for their performances in the tournament.

“We have a lot of experience in our group. It helps. We wanted to bowl first, and we knew they wanted to bat first. It was important to bowl well. At the halfway mark, we were happy. It was a good day with the bowling group,” Bravo was quoted as saying.

“Tough loss. As a bowling group, we weren’t up to the mark. Having said that, I hope that we take the learning from this. We were happy with anything over 160, Hetmyer played well to get us to a good score. Lots of positives for us – Smith, Motie and Shepherd. Lots of young players putting their hands up,” Pooran said.

Here’s how the netizens reacted to the Patriots’ win