Evin Lewis' Fireworks Out TKR
Evin Lewis blazed a fine unbeaten 102 moments ago versus table-toppers Trinbago Knight Riders in match 27 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League at Warner Park, giving the Patriots a convincing victory.
SKNP won the toss and inserted TRK to have first strike. TKR made four changes to their starting 11 from the previous game. Anderson Phillip, Denesh Ramdin, Ali Khan and Yasir Shah replaced Ravi Rampaul, Khary Pierre, Tion Webster and Jayden Seales. TKR opened the batting with Lendl Simmons and Denesh Ramdin. Simmons was the first batsman out with the score on 14, trying to pull a short delivery from Dominic Drakes but found only succeeded in finding the safe hands of Sheldon Cottrell at deep mid wicket for 11.
Ramdin made 10 before he also fell trying to pull a short delivery this time from Cottrell and Drakes returning the favor with a simple catch. Colin Munroe and Darren Bravo somewhat steadied things in the middle with a 50-run partnership before Bravo was bowled by Jon Russ Jaggesar for 22. Pollard joined Munroe and the pair took the score to 110, when Jaggesar hit TKR a double blow. First he dismissed Munroe for 47 and then the very next ball had Pollard caught behind for 15. Sunil Narine entered the party and made his intention clear from the beginning hitting two huge sixes. Narine would eventually make 18 ball 33 with 4 sixes to guide TKR to 159 for 7.
SKNP opened with Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle. Gayle was given an early lifeline on 6 when he attempted a big drive off Anderson Phillip and it skewed off the thick outer edge and flew to deep point where Darren Bravo was waiting but could not hold on. Gayle was particularly severe on Anderson and Khan, hitting the latter for 22 in one over before the same bowler dismissed him for 35 off 18 balls.
From there on it wasthe Evin Lewis show as the Trinbagonian Southpaw took over and was brutal against all bowlers. Lewis who was dropped on 29 by Akeal Hosein off Pollard, went on to hit 11 huge sixes and 5 fours to finish on 102 not out off 52 balls, giving SKNP victory by 8 wickets and putting them back on top of the six team table while sealing a semi final spot.
Evin Lewis was given the NLCB man of the match award.