CPL 2020: St Lucia Zouks beats Barbados Tridents by 7 wickets, Trinbago Knight Riders eases past Jamaica Tallawahs

Follow the scores, updates, and commentary of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2020) matches between St Lucia Zouks and Barbados Tridents, and Trinbago Knight Riders and Jamaica Tallawahs.

St Lucia Zouks skipper Darren Sammy will look to guide his team to the first win in the CPL 2020.   -  St Lucia Zouks

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's coverage of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2020) match between St Lucia Zouks and Barbados Tridents at the Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad.

 

In the second match of the day, the Trinbago Knight Riders rode on a fine all-round display from Sunil Narine to beat the Jamaica Tallawahs by 7 wickets. The result takes the Trinbago Knight Riders to the top of the CPL table with four points from two games.

St Lucia Zouks beats Barbados Tridents by 7 wickets (DLS Method)

It might've been a different story had the rain gods not intervened. Its an easy victory for Zouks which wins its first win of the tournament against the defending champion. Its a deserved victory for Darren Sammy's men who recovered from an early onslaught from Johnson Charles and pegged Tridents back despite Holder's 12-ball 27. Heavy rain interruption meant Tridents couldn't add to its score of 131/7 in 18.1 overs. After much discussion, the umpires decided to restart play with the Zouks set a target of 47 from 5 overs. It cruised to the target with five balls to spare after lusty hits from Rahkeem Cornwall, Mohammad Nabi and Andre Fletcher. Nabi, who was also brilliant with the ball (4-0-19-1), was awarded Man of the Match.

Zouks 47/3 in 4.1 overs (Zadran 15, Fletcher 16): Another full toss and Fletcher just guides it through the off-side to bring up the win.

Zouks 46/3 in 4 overs (Zadran 15, Fletcher 12): Fletcher gets a hint of Rashid's googly and smokes it over the square leg boundary. He is pumped up. Zouks needs 1 run from 6 balls.

Zouks 39/3 in 3.3 overs (Zadran 15, Fletcher 5): OUT! Nabi goes for another pull on the leg side but Jonathan Carter makes up ground in a flash to take a superb running catch.

Zouks 39/2 in 3.2 overs (Zadran 15, Fletcher 5): Beautiful batting by Nabi. He picks out Rashid Khan's googly and smacks for a towering six over long-on and then swats the next ball flat towards long off.

Zouks 29/2 in 3 overs (Nabi 5, Fletcher 5): Nabi is the next man in. He flicks Reifer down the leg side and runs two. He dabs the next ball towards third man and takes a single. Zouks needs 18 off 12 balls.

Zouks 24/2 in 2.3 overs (Zadran 5, Fletcher 5): OUT! Zadran goes after a loose full-toss from Ramon Reifer and almost clears the long-off boundary. Reifer makes a good comeback with a slower delivery which completely misses the batsman. The left-armer then deceives Zadran with an off-cutter which he manages to hook it straight to Carter at deep mid-wicket.

Zouks 20/1 in 2 overs (Zadran 1, Fletcher 5): Zouks needs 27 off 18 balls.

Zouks 19/1 in 1.4 overs (Cornwall 13, Fletcher 5): OUT! Rashid Khan is handed the ball for the second over. Holder has an extended conversation with the umpire before Cornwall attempts another heave at the mid-wicket boundary but only gets a single. Fletcher pirouettes on the back foot and beats the square leg fielder for a boundary. Rashid good-length delivery is completely missed by Cornwell as Shai Hope knocks the bails in a jiffy.

Zouks 13/0 in 1 over (Cornwall 13, Fletcher 0): Cornwall risks it all and reaps the benefits. He goes for the heave and gets a top edge twice but the ball runs away to the unguarded boundary behind the keeper. The 27-year old connects a full-length ball outside off and sends it to the boundary down the ground. He swats the next ball which is banged short by Holder for a single.

Zouks openers Rahkeem Cornwall and Andre Fletcher walk out to the middle. Tridents captain Jason Holder will open the bowling.

Yes! There will be play. The players are warming up and the covers have finally come off the pitch.

The chase will have a 2-over Powerplay, 2 bowlers can bowl a maximum of 2 overs. Sammy is all padded up.

The pitch is still covered as the umpires take a stroll around the ground. Time is running out for play of any kind to restart.

Sammy looks up to the sky as the umpires get into a huddle again. Will the play resume?

The DLS revised target for St Lucia Zouks is 47 in 5 overs.

Tridents will not finish its innings after reaching 131/7 in 18.1 overs.

10.45 pm: The umpires are speaking to Barbados Tridents captain Jason Holder and the signs are positive. The covers are coming off the ground.

10.40 pm: The umpires are by the pitchside deep in conversation with match referee, while the ground staff  are working hard to drain out the water off the covers. There is a sign of more rain with dark clouds hovering above the ground. St Lucia Zouks Darren Sammy looks on impatiently at the umpires' huddle.

10.20 pm: The covers are coming off. We might see more play today.

Story so far: Barbados Tridents got off to a blazing start after Johnson Charles clobbered a 19-ball 35. Scott Kuggeleijn pulled things back for St Lucia Zouks with two quick wickets, but Tridents captain Jason Holder kept up the scoring rate with a 12-ball 27. However, Roston Chase triggered a mini-collapse when he dismissed Kyle Mayers and Jonathan Carter off consecutive balls. Mitchell Santer and Ashley Nurse remained steady scoring run-a-ball to add 22 for the eighth wicket. The umpires were left with no option but to call for the covers in the 19th over due to heavy downpour. Tridents 131/7 in 18.1 overs (Nurse 16, Santner 8)

10.15 pm: Out come the mopping ropes. The ground staff are working on the covers and the inner circle to clear the water.

10.00 pm: It is still drizzling in Tarouba and the outfield looks bad with water logged along the boundary rope. Umpires Deighton Butler and Joel Wilson are inspecting the ground.

9.50 pm: The rain has stopped but there are still puddles around the covers which will take a huge effort from the ground staff to clear. We will be back in few minutes with an update.

9.34 pm: The clouds have parted after heavy downpour for the past 30 minutes, but the outfield is still heavily clogged with water.

 

Weather update: It's still belting down at the Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad. Still no clear picture on how much play is possible with 21.5 overs left in the match.

Story so far: Barbados Tridents got off to a blazing start after Johnson Charles clobbered a 19-ball 35. Scott Kuggeleijn pulled things back for St Lucia Zouks with two quick wickets, but Tridents captain Jason Holder kept up the scoring rate with a 12-ball 27. However, Roston Chase triggered a mini-collapse when he dismissed Kyle Mayers and Jonathan Carter off consecutive balls. Mitchell Santer and Ashley Nurse remained steady scoring run-a-ball to add 22 for the eighth wicket. The umpires were left with no option but to call for the covers in the 19th over due to heavy downpour.

Tridents 131/7 in 18.1 overs (Nurse 16, Santner 8): After two days of uninterrupted cricket at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, foul weather ruins the party. The umpires decide to call for the covers as the rain comes down heavily.

Tridents 130/7 in 18 overs (Nurse 15, Santner 8): Responsible batting at the death by Santner and Nurse. Williams bangs it short as Satner pulls him through the gap on the leg-side boundary to run two. He tries to dissect the off-side but finds a fielder. Nurse takes one more single off the final ball.

Tridents 125/7 in 17 overs (Nurse 13, Santner 5): Ashley Nurse is given room on the off-side by Kuggelejin and the right-hander muscles it through the covers for a boundary. Santner drives through the covers and runs two. Tridents needs more of that.

Tridents 114/7 in 16 overs (Nurse 5, Santner 2): The Zouks has it completely under control with four overs to go. Chase cramps up the left-hander who is struggling to clear the circle.

Tridents 110/7 in 15 overs (Nurse 1, Santner 1): Just one more run off the over and it is up to the tailenders to get Tridents over the line without further damage.

Tridents 109/7 in 14.3 overs (Nurse 1, Santner 0): The wheels are coming off for Tridents as Sammy's bowling changes are working. Deyal pitches a flatter delivery in the good length area which nicks an edge off Reifer which keeper Andre Fletcher does well to catch it between his legs.

Tridents 107/6 in 13.3 overs (Nurse 1, Reifer 1): Double blow for Tridents! Roston Chase sends backs Carter and Mayers off consecutive balls. Carter dances down the track and hits it straight to Nabi at long-off. Mayers then tries for a big hit over the fine-leg but ends giving Kuggelejin an easy catch near the boundary. All of sudden, the Zouks has the upper hand.

Tridents 103/4 in 13 overs (Mayers 16, Carter 3): Nabi entices Carter to go over the off-side but deceives the left-hander with his flight. Just five off the over.

Tridents 98/4 in 12 overs (Mayers 11, Carter 0): OUT! Good change of pace from Kesrick Williams. He gets punished off the fourth ball by Holder who hits him to the extra-cover boundary, but gets undone by a slow delivery which is straight to Sammy at long-on.

Tridents 91/3 in 11 overs (Mayers 11, Holder 23): Rahkeem Cornwall is introduced into the attack. Holder is caught napping while running at the non-striker's and escapes a direct hit from Sammy. The Tridents captain then decides to free his arms and pulls Cornwall for a four and a six over widish mid-wicket.

Tridents 77/3 in 10 overs (Mayers 10, Holder 10): Kesrick Williams comes into the attack and straightaway Roston Chase, fielding at long fine-leg, misses a huge chance of running out Holder. Holder cuts Williams through point for a two and then pulls him for a massive six over deep mid-wicket.

Tridents 65/3 in 9 overs (Mayers 8, Holder 0): Just one run comes off the final three balls.

Tridents 64/3 in 8.3 overs (Mayers 7, Holder 0): OUT! Nabi foxes Hope with his flight off the second ball and hits his pads. He pitches on the mid off the next ball, inviting Hope into a heave on the leg-side and Mark Deyal at long-on takes a comfortable catch. Captain Jason Holder is the next man in.

Tridents 63/2 in 8 overs (Mayers 7, Hope 15): McCoy is back the attack he proves to be effective against left-handers. However, he still seems to be struggling with his line, often gifting Mayers room on the leg side.

Tridents 55/2 in 7 overs (Mayers 2, Hope 16): Nabi comes from around the wicket and manages to stifle left-handed Mayers. The Afghan spinner gives away just two runs.

Tridents 53/2 in 6 overs (Mayers 1, Hope 15): Kuggeleijn fires one outside the off and Hope uses the pace for a boundary over third man. Tridents has done well in the Powerplay but needs one more big innings from the middle order.

Tridents 47/2 in 5.1 overs (Mayers 0, Hope 10): OUT! Kuggeleijn slings a full toss straight on the off stump as Anderson fails to clear the cover fielder where Roston Chase takes a superb catch. The umpires check for a no-ball but it looks okay. After a flying start, Tridents loses two quick wickets.

Tridents 47/1 in 5 overs (Anderson 2, Hope 10): Shai Hope takes the initiative as he digs out Mohammed Nabi's short-pitch ball for a boundary past fine leg and then dances down the track to hit the spinner over long off.

Tridents 36/1 in 4 overs (Anderson 1, Hope 0): Anderson flicks Kuggeleijn off the pads and runs a single. With Charles back in the dugout , Zouks can breath easy.

Tridents 35/1 in 3.3 overs (Anderson 0, Hope 0): OUT! Darren Sammy is forced to make his first bowling changes and Scott Kuggeleijn gets hit for a monstrous six over long-on by Charles. However, the Kiwi pacer pitches it short, inviting Charles into a drive and the ball comes off his bat awkwardly for a simple catch to mid-off.

Tridents 27/0 in 3 overs (Charles 27, Hope 0): Zafar keeps it tight and gives away a two and a single from his second over.

Tridents 24/0 in 2 overs (Charles 24, Hope 0): Obed McCoy with the second new ball and Johnson remains bullish from the get go. He whacks the first ball over the square-leg boundary and then flicks the next ball over the wicketkeeper for a second. The left-armer strays the line and Johnson clobbers it over the cover for a third. Blistering start from the Tridents.

Tridents 7/0 in 1 over (Charles 7, Hope 0): Saad Bin Zafar runs in with the new ball and Johnson Charles welcomes him with boundary over cover-point. He runs two more off the fourth ball and Tridents makes a good start.

Toss Update: Barbados Tridents wins the toss and elects to bat.

Playing XIs

Zouks: Rahkeem Cornwall, Andre Fletcher(w), Mark Deyal, Roston Chase, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Daren Sammy(c), Scott Kuggeleijn, Kesrick Williams, Obed McCoy, Saad Bin Zafar

Tridents: Johnson Charles, Shai Hope(w), Corey Anderson, Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder(c), Jonathan Carter, Raymon Reifer, Mitchell Santner, Ashley Nurse, Rashid Khan, Hayden Walsh

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SQUADS

St Lucia Zouks: Andre Fletcher(w), Rahkeem Cornwall, Kimani Melius, Leniko Boucher, Javelle Glen, Mohammad Nabi, Daren Sammy(c), Roston Chase, Scott Kuggeleijn, Kesrick Williams, Zahir Khan, Obed McCoy, Saad Bin Zafar, Najibullah Zadran, Kavem Hodge, Mark Deyal, Chemar Holder

Barbados Tridents: Johnson Charles, Shai Hope(w), Corey Anderson, Kyle Mayers, Jason Holder(c), Jonathan Carter, Raymon Reifer, Mitchell Santner, Ashley Nurse, Rashid Khan, Hayden Walsh, Justin Greaves, Shamarh Brooks, Keon Harding, Nyeem Young, Joshua Bishop, Shayan Jahangir

 

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