CPL 2021 Semifinal 2: Guyana Amazon Warriors vs St Kitts & Nevis Patriots: Gayle, Lewis take Patriots to final


The
Patriots
won
the
toss
and
chose
to
field
first.
Despite
a
bright
start
from
the
Amazon
Warrior’s
openers,
wickets
tumbled
in
the
middle
overs
before
a
late
burst
from
Shimron
Hetmyer
took
his
side
to
a
substantial
178/9.

In
their
chase,
the
Patriots
once
again
opted
to
open
with
Chris
Gayle,
and
he
laid
the
platform
for
a
successful
chase,
lashing
the
ball
into
the
stands
on
numerous
occasions,
before
Evin
Lewis
took
over
to
guide
his
side
to
a
crushing
victory.

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The
Warriors
consolidated
after
losing
Brandon
King
in
the
fourth
over
of
their
innings,
with
Chandrapaul
Hemraj
and
Shoaib
Malik
patiently
building.

However,
three
wickets
in
three
successive
overs,
including
that
of
captain
Nicholas
Pooran,
saw
the
side
collapse,
reaching
131-8
at
one
point.

Spinners
Jon-Russ
Jaggesar
and
Fawad
Ahmed
were
exceptional
for
the
Patriots
during
this
period.
It
was
left
to
Shimron
Hetmyer
to
salvage
the
innings
and
he
did
so
in
spectacular
style,
scoring
45
runs
from
20
balls,
including
a
remarkable
25
runs
from
the
last
over
of
the
innings.

St
Kitts
and
Nevis
Patriots
in
turn
reached
their
highest
powerplay
score
of
this
year’s
CPL,
Gayle
and
Lewis
bringing
up
68-0
after
the
first
six
overs.
Gayle
was
in
destructive
form,
scoring
42
from
27
balls,
and
after
he
fell
to
youngster
Kevin
Sinclair,
it
was
Lewis
who
took
responsibility
to
lead
the
chase.

Supported
by
captain
Dwayne
Bravo,
who
promoted
himself
to
number
three,
Lewis
blasted
77
off
just
39
balls
as
the
Patriots
won
with
thirteen
balls
to
spare.

With
this
win
St
Kitts
and
Nevis
Patriots
will
now
go
on
to
meet
the
Saint
Lucia
Kings
in
Wednesday’s
(September
15)
CPL
2021
final,
with
one
side
set
to
win
their
maiden
title.



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