There is absolutely no two ways about the Man of the Match award today. Evin Lewis gets awarded for scoring 89 runs off 60 deliveries. He has also ended up hitting nine sixes in the process tonight. This is, by far, the highest individual score of the tournament surpassing Shimron Hetmyer's 71.
SKNP 152/4 after 19.3 overs: Young Nyeem to face the battle of nerves. 12 to defend. Can he? Dunk is having none of it as he smokes the second delivery into the empty stands. He wants more and ends it all, in the very next ball, with another maximum as Patriots go on to register their first points this season.
SKNP 139/4 after 19 overs: 22 runs. 12 balls. Who will it be? Santner? Nurse? Surprise... surprise! It's Mayers again. And don't we have a twist in the tale here? Lewis is out of gas. He walks, trying to go for the big shot. Ends up hitting it straight down Rashid's throat. Dunk, however, is very much alive to everything. Gets a cheeky shot away for a four to the deep third man area. Sohail Tanvir walks in at No 6.
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SKNP 130/3 after 18 overs: Just about 10 runs required an over now. Anybody's game from here, to be honest. A wicket last over might have rattled some nerves but Dunk is expected to go into overdrive right away. Meanwhile, Lewis gets on charge again! Young gives him the perfect pace and length to bludgeon it for a six away to the long-on fence. Third man and fine leg are up now.
SKNP 121/3 after 17 overs: Mayers has been brought into the attack. Why isn't Holder going for Ashley Nurse, who might prove to be a handy weapon against Evin Lewis at this very moment? Mayers' second ball is a wide. You just cannot afford to gift freebies now. But there... there... if not Lewis, Ramdin works well enough. The 'keeper-batsman tries to go for a boundary when Hayden Walsh takes a wonderful catch at deep-midwicket to see him off the pitch. Ben Dunk is in.
SKNP 116/2 after 16 overs: Evin Lewis with a six off Rashid, who is arguably the best spinner in the format, moves on to become the highest run-getter in this edition of the CPL surpassing Shimron Hetmyer. Ten runs come off that over. 36 required off four overs now. Eight wickets in hand. Is it all too easy for the Patriots from here?
SKNP 106/2 after 15 overs: 100 runs up on the scoreboard for the Patriots with the loss of only two wickets. Young bowls a good over again, seven runs coming off it. It wouldn't have been half as good if not for the effort of Santner in the deep off the last delivery. Almost seemed like a maximum but the Kiwi pulls it back with a magnificent effort to save some crucial runs.
SKNP 99/2 after 14 overs: Rashid's figures read 2-0-10-1, thus far. Can he remove danger man Lewis before it is too late? The Afghan changes angle, to go around the wicket, in the penultimate ball of the over. It almost reaps benefits but falls short of the man stationed at mid-on.
SKNP 95/2 after 13 overs: Lewis punches his seventh maximum this innings, after being dropped off the very first ball. It was a difficult one for Reifer - diving to his left amid the follow-through. He did get his hands on it but didn't do enough to hold onto the catch. Two balls later, Ramdin smashes Reifer for a boundary to bring up the fifty-run partnership.
SKNP 81/2 after 12 overs: Nyeem Young, who received his cap earlier today from Tridents manager and former West Indies pacer Andrew Richardson, will be bowling. This is his debut in the T20 format as well after having featured in the U19 World Cup, earlier this year. He bowls three dots and concedes three runs in this over - a good start to his career.
SKNP 78/2 after 11 overs: Raymon Reifer into the attack now. Ramdin and Lewis are not looking to take any unnecessary risk as they run four singles.
SKNP 74/2 after 10 overs: Rashid is on, clearly to curb the run-flow and he does his job well. Just three runs off that over as we head into the timeout for drinks.
SKNP 71/2 after 9 overs: Lewis is superhuman! A poor first delivery from Walsh only added to the Tridents' problems as the Trinidadian freed his arms to launch it towards the sweeper cover region. As I type, there has been a hattrick of sixes. Two more pummelled over long on and then again over mid-wicket. With that he has scored his half-century off only 28 balls!
SKNP 51/2 after 8 overs: Jason Holder gets done with his allocated quota of four overs conceding only two runs off the last one - he isn't known to be a death-overs specialist, anyway. Holder has been particularly effective in the initial overs: in the last edition of the CPL, he had pocketed 12 wickets in the Powerplay overs.
SKNP 49/2 after 7 overs: A full-pitched delivery from Hayden Walsh has been calmly hit by Lewis through the line - nice, straight and big! A class act, this, from the left-handed opener. The game hangs pretty much in balance thus far, what say?
SKNP 41/2 after 6 overs:Local lad Joshua Da Silva, just looking to open the face of the bat, has nicked it to the keeper as Holder ensures the celebrations don't stop. We have the first maiden over of the day - A WICKET MAIDEN! With that we have come to the end of the Powerplay also as Patriots glovesman Denesh Ramdin walks out into the middle.
SKNP 41/1 after 5 overs:Rashid Khan gets his man straightaway with a googly. Lynn, who had been dismissed last day of Imran Tahir's first delivery, misses the line completely again looking to go for the big shot and gets trapped in front. Lewis doesn't middle the fifth ball but it still goes up, up and away for a six towards square leg. Rashid has a wry smile pasted on his lips.
SKNP 34/0 after 4 overs: Not a bad delivery from Mitchell Santner to start with; he could have kept it a bit straighter though. Lynn is, however, quick to work it away towards cover for a boundary. Lewis hammers a four, three balls later, as well. There are two consecutive appeals which follow but both have been turned down.
SKNP 25/0 after 3 overs: Exactly what Lewis is looking to go after - Hangs back in the crease and plays a horizontal shot for a four off Holder's short ball behind him. Lewis isn't done yet, though. He targets the long-off area this time and takes the aerial route. SIX!
SKNP 15/0 after 2 overs: Spin has been introduced early as Mitch Santner delivers the first ball. What might be the plan? Santner will be thinking wicket-to-wicket, I guess, with the arm ball coming into play. The Kiwi might be looking to gradually switch towards the off to get Lewis to nick one to the keeper. After another appeal for LBW, Lynn decides he's had enough and gets on his knees to pick one up over the covers for a SIX.
SKNP 6/0 after 1 over: The explosive Chris Lynn and Evin Lewis have walked out onto the middle. Jason Holder to start things off with the new ball. Oh, so close.....! Holder extracts the extra bounce and Lynn, who looks to defend it, gets a huge inside edge which zooms past the leg stump. Even the keeper is not quick enough to stop it with a dive before it races away to the ropes. Holder has his hands over his head. He cannot believe it, I can't as well ... The last ball of the over cuts back in. There is an optimistic appeal but it falls on deaf ears.
BT 151/7 after 20 overs: Imran Khan has been expensive tonight but Patriots don't have another option going into the last over. But well... what have we got here?He gets rid of the explosive Afghan: Rashid Khan. CAUGHT by Joseph! Rashid shimmies down the wicket and decides to go for the maximum but mistimes it big time. Mitchell Santner is in. Reifer ends it with a four followed by a dot.
BT 145/6 after 19 overs: Corey Anderson has finally broken his fast. Emrit gets it right in the blockhole; a little full possibly, but WOAH! The New Zealander hoicks it over the deep mid-wicket region for a six! Emrit is, however, quick to change his strategy, bowling the fourth ball high and wide as Anderson slashes it straight to extra cover. Raymon Reifer is the new man in.
BT 136/5 after 18 overs: What can Joseph do now? Nothing, says Nurse as he moves to 23 off 15 balls, clearing the long off fence now. And I have jinxed it. Nurse departs looking to go for a biggie again. He misfires and looks to clear deep mid-wicket when a diving effort from Lewis ends it all. Rashid Khan gets a promotion. What can he offer?
BT 126/4 after 17 overs: Not quite the start Tanvir was looking for as he bowls a wide. Things worsen off the next delivery as a short ball has been worked away wonderfully on the leg side by Nurse for a SIX! The ordeal, however, isn't over for Tahir as Anderson goes on to flex some muscles over deep mid-wicket for a maximum again. This is followed by some sloppy work on the slow outfield after Anderson mishit one to a no man's land near the cow corner and ended up running three. Nurse garnishes it all with a four!
BT 105/4 after 16 overs: The Tridents will be looking to accelerate in the back-end overs and follies on the part of the bowlers only makes their job much easier. Joseph bowls it wide and Ashley Nurse tries to sweep but misses. The keeper fails to collect the ball as well as it races away for four. Joseph, thus far, has bowled five wides. He ends the over, however, with a brilliant yorker.
BT 93/4 after 15 overs: Emrit does well to contain the run-flow again. There is a massive appeal for a leg-before in the over and the Patriots were all too convinced that they had got their man but the umpire didn't seem interested. Turned out, what seemed like an edge had come off the pads - a very nice decision!
BT 90/4 after 14 overs: Imran Khan's loopy delivery has been punished by Anderson with a Yuvrajesque SIX - gets on his knees and slog-sweeps it nice and HUGE!
BT 81/4 after 13 overs: Mayers welcomes Tanvir with a fine pull that races to the fence in no time. However, the celebrations are shortlived as the batsman has been made to take the long walk off the very next ball. Mayers dances down the wicket but Tanvir senses the move and tweaks his line to bowl wide outside off. He hacks wildly and gets a thick edge before the ball floats to the keeper. The burly Kiwi Corey Anderson has walked in. Oh, no, what has happened here? Holder departs in the most unfortunate way possible. Corey hits it straight and Tanvir gets a finger on the ball in his follow-through. Holder was way outside the crease when the ball made a mess of the woodwork.
BT 75/2 after 12 overs: This is Jaggesar's last over. Will he manage to get a third victim? He doesn't but he ends it all on a good note - only five singles in that over. Additionally, note, he has bowled 10 dots today. Economical!
BT 70/2 after 11 overs: The Tridents are looking to go for the big shots now. Mayers hits a four followed by a six.
BT 59/2 after 10 overs: The Patriots taste blood just ahead of the drinks break and Jaggesar is the man again. Hope and Mayers run two singles and the next three deliveries are dot balls even as the pressure continues to build. The last delivery of the over is a flighted, fuller one and Hope looking to take the long-on route again miscues big time. Emrit takes a simple catch in the end. Jason Holder has come out to bat.
BT 57/1 after 9 overs: Emrit bowls this over and does quite a decent job. The captain maintains a good length and the off-stump/just outside off-stump line throughout the over.
BT 52/1 after 8 overs: Jaggesar gets this one to drop and turn towards off to get rid of Charles, who had decided on going big this time. However, he ends up missing the line completely. There is an appeal and the umpire doesn't hesitate before raising his finger. LBW! Kyle Mayers walks in at No 3, replacing Corey Anderson.
BT 49/0 after 7 overs: There will be spinners operating in tandem now as local lad Imran Khan has been handed the ball. The second ball has been hit for a monstrous six by Hope over the long on region.
BT 39/0 after 6 overs: Spin has been introduced - Jon-Russ Jaggesar has been brought into the attack. Eventful over this: the third ball invited a leading edge off Hope but it lands well short of the bowler, the fourth another missed opportunity as it lands a few yards short of the man at short mid-wicket and the last ball gets slammed for a boundary.
BT 32/0 after 5 overs: Skipper Rayad Emrit decides to take matter into his own hands. The Patriots need a breakthrough. Twice on the pads and a wide ball is how the over starts. There is an appeal for LBW on the fourth ball as well. Just when it seemed to be turning into a good over, Hope gets into position to hammer one for the first maximum over cover.
BT 24/0 after 4 overs: Makes it look very easy, does Charles, as he rolls his wrists to whip the first ball across mid-wicket for four again. Joseph isn't a happy man. To add to his frustration, Evin Lewis' misfield at point has gifted the Patriots a boundary again.
BT 15/0 after 3 overs: Tanvir's back at the other end. Charles utilises his pace to gracefully flick the very first ball of the over away to the leg-side boundary. The Pakistani, however, comes back strongly, sticking to the channel just outside off to contain runs.
BT 8/0 after 2 overs: Alzarri Joseph has been brought into the attack. Remember his fairytale start in IPL 2019 with 6/12 for Mumbai Indians? The Antiguan maintains a tight line throughout and only two runs come from that over.
BT 6/0 after 1 over: Sohail Tanvir opens the bowling for SKNP. Right-handed Johnson Charles to take the strike alongside wicketkeeper Shai Hope at the other end. A slip has been brought in after Tanvir lands one right where Charles loves it. The batsman whacks it towards mid-wicket for a boundary.
TOSS UPDATE: St Kitts & Nevis Patriots has won the toss and elected to field.
- Highest run-getter: Shimron Hetmyer (138)
- Highest wicket-taker: Scott Kuggeleijn (10)
- Highest individual score: Shimron Hetmyer (71)
- Best bowling figures: Keemo Paul (4/19)
- Best economy: Ashmead Nedd (3.75)
- Most fours: Colin Munro (13)
- Most sixes: Jason Holder (8)
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