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Narine fireworks takes Trinbago to top of table

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Trinbago Knight Riders put on a fine show against Barbados Tridents to jump to the top of the Caribbean Premier League 2017 table on Saturday (August 12) while St Kitts and Nevis Patriots got the better of St Lucia Stars in the opening game of the day.  

St Kitts vs St Lucia

Evin Lewis's game-changing 92 for St Kitts against St Lucia was yet another indication that the Trinidadian has stepped out of Chris Gayle’s shadow and become his own man.

In the tenth game of the league in Gros Islet, St Lucia opted to bowl first on a good Twenty20 strip and things went pair-shaped as they conceded 196 for 6 from 20 overs. 

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Lewis caused the most damage as he smashed 92 from 52 balls with seven sixes and five fours, while Mohammad Nabi's nine-ball 24 provided some late fireworks. 

Nabi’s contribution in St Kitts’s victory didn’t end with the bat though. The Afghanistan allrounder did a star turn with the ball as well, picking up 3 for 15 from four overs to restrict St Lucia to 163 for 8. 

Mohammad Hafeez, who was out for a duck off the very first ball, compensated for the early exit with a fine bowling show, finishing with three wickets for 22 runs from four overs.

While the bowlers fared well, it was the batsmen -- Lewis in particular -- that set St Kitts up for their third win on the trot. 

St Kitts lost Gayle (12) and Hafeez within a couple of runs of each other before Lewis tore St Lucia’s bowling apart. It was mostly a one-man show until Carlos Brathwaite, the No. 6 batsman, came along and added 21 runs from 14 balls. After Lewis’s departure, Nabi came and applied the finishing touch. 

In pursuit of the mammoth total, St Lucia chase never took off as they lost wickets at crucial moments. Andre Fletcher made a fine 48 from 33 balls, but he didn't have much support and St Lucia stuttered to their fourth consecutive loss.

Brief scores: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 196 for 6 from 20 overs (Evin Lewis 92, Carlos Brathwaite 21 n.o., Mohammad Nabi 24 n.o.; Jerome Taylor 3-46) beat St Lucia Stars 163 for 8 from 20 overs (Andre Fletcher 48, Marlon Samuels 21, Kyle Mayers 20, Rakheem Cornwall 23 n.o.) by 33 runs.

Barbados v Trinidad and Trinbago Knight Riders

Sunil Narine looked at home opening the batting as he smashed 79 from 45 balls with five sixes and six fours to set up Trinbago’s win over Barbados in Port of Spain. 

After Barbados were kept down to 152 for 9 from 20 overs, Trinbago had a few nervous moments in the run chase before Narine eventually got them to the finish line with two wickets and five balls to spare. 

Asked to bat, Barbados lost Dwayne Smith early, but Kane Williamson steadied the innings with a cool 30. Shoaib Malik, in at No. 4, upped the run rate with a brilliant 51 from 38 balls to lay a foundation for the batsmen to come, but they failed to capitalise. 

Runs were hard to come by with Narine giving away a mere 17 from four overs and Shadab Khan conceding just 20 from his four with a wicket to show for his effort. Ronsford Beaton and Dwayne Bravo finished with two wickets apiece for Trinbago. 

Trinbago nearly made a meal of the chase, though, against the likes of Wayne Parnell, Wahab Riaz and a 20-year-old Shamar Springer. They lost five of their top eight batsmen for single-digit scores, but given the relatively small total and Narine’s penchant for boundaries, they were never out of it. Darren Bravo’s 23-ball 25 along with Dwayne Bravo’s 18 helped Trinbago’s cause too. 

With the win, Trinbago moved to the top of the table with four wins from five games, while Barbados remained third with two wins from four games. 

Brief scores: Barbados Tridents 152 for 9 from 20 overs (Kane Williamson 30, Shoaib Malik 51; Ronsford Beaton 2-24, Dwayne Bravo 2-27) lost to Trinbago Knight Riders 155 for 8 from 19.1 overs (Sunil Narine 79, Darren Bravo 25; Wayne Parnell 2-26, Shamar Springer 3-32) by two wickets.

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