Nabi was nicely supported by Rakheem Cornwall and Zahir Khan, and Cornwall adopted up with a quick however good assault that took any remaining pressure out of the chase for the St Lucia Zouks.
After Zouks’ captain Daren Sammy put them in, the Patriots had but to attain when Nabi dismissed each Chris Lynn and Nick Kelly. Lynn continued his run of being dismissed by spinners, pushing a easy catch again to the bowler, and Kelly edged to the secure arms of Rakheem Cornwall at slip.
Nabi quickly made it 4. Denesh Ramdin sought to observe a Hero Maximum over long-on with one over sq. leg however top-edged to Najibullah Zadran, and subsequent ball Patriots main scorer of Hero CPL 2020, Evin Lewis, spooned a sweep to Roston Chase at sq. leg to go away the Patriots 11/Four off simply three overs and Nabi on a hat-trick.
Chase’s introduction with the ball was not a shock, and he went for simply three off his first over. Jahmar Hamilton nearly survived the hat-trick ball, however he and Ben Dunk managed no additional boundaries because the Patriots reached the Powerplay at 22/4.
Another tight over got here and went, this time from Zahir Khan. Dunk lastly broke the drought as Chase overpitched, sending the off-spinner excessive over the sightscreen. Oddly, after eight overs the Patriots had hit two Hero Maximums however no fours.
That block-block-slog strategy introduced Hamilton’s downfall, as he prodded at a Zahir googly and edged behind. Cornwall closed out the primary half of the innings nicely, and at drinks the Patriots had been 43/5 with rather a lot resting on Dunk as soon as extra.
Dunk hit Zahir straight for a 3rd Hero Maximum, however ought to have been stumped in the identical over. After 13 overs, Dunk had 32 of the Patriots’ 59/5, and the strain on him lastly informed as Cornwall’s further bounce noticed the Australian splice a pull to deep midwicket.
Even a Mark Deyal full toss did not consequence within the match’s first 4. After 15 overs the Patriots had been 66/6, and it obtained worse as Nabi returned to finish his five-for – remarkably, the primary of his 10 12 months and 264 recreation T20 profession – as Tanvir scooped a sweep to Zahir at quick fine-leg.
Kesrick Williams got here on for the 18th, off which captain Rayad Emrit took for 14 together with, in the end, a 4. Emrit fell subsequent over, Deyal taking a operating catch at long-on, however Kuggeleijn dropped quick off his final ball and Alzarri Joseph despatched him into the stands. Imran Khan sacrificed himself to get Joseph on strike, and the Antiguan responded with a second Hero Maximum. 37 off the final three overs, all bowled by seam, solely delayed the inevitable.
The Patriots surprisingly began with seamer Tanvir, who Cornwall hammered for 2 fours and two towering Hero Maximums. Emrit gave Jon-Russ Jaggesar an aggressive subject, however Jaggesar’s first ball was poor and Fletcher minimize it simply for 4. Cornwall smashed Imran clear over the roof, and whereas he was bowled two balls later, the truth that he alone hit extra fours and nearly as many boundaries than your complete Patriots crew informed the story.
After a quick bathe, the Zouks resumed needing simply 81 at nicely beneath 5 an over, which made Deyal’s hoick first ball all of the stranger. Emrit took a very good catch to go away Imran on a hat-trick, which the ever-calm Chase denied him comfortably.
With Cornwall having taken the strain off, the Zouks discovered strike rotation straightforward, and that relaxed really feel gave Fletcher confidence to smash Jaggesar into the highest of the Carib stand to finish the Powerplay at 47/2. The opener’s dismissal was a shock when it got here with a pull straight to midwicket, giving Imran a 3rd wicket.
Najibullah reverse-swept two fours and good operating meant Imran’s final over went for seven. Emrit introduced himself on, however Chase and Najibullah took him 4 a boundary apiece, and the Zouks cruised to 79/three at midway.
A determined Emrit turned to Dunk’s part-time off-spin – so part-time Dunk bowled in his sunhat – which Najibullah smashed for 4 because the over went for eight. Najibullah dished out additional punishment in Dunk’s subsequent over, lifting him for a six over long-off, however Dunk obtained a small measure of pleasure because the Afghan top-edged to deep midwicket.
It was Dunk’s first CPL wicket, simply the third of his T20 profession, however it was scant comfort because the Zouks sealed victory with 32 balls to spare with out even needing Nabi to bat.
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