Evin Lewis en route to 92 (Image courtesy: Getty)
Evin Lewis en route to 92 (Image courtesy: Getty)

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (SKNP) know a thing or two about turning things around. Making their debut in 2015, the franchise ended up at the last position. However, things seem to be changing ever since they acquired Chris Gayle and made him their captain in the 2017 edition. In yet another brutal exhibition of cricket, the SKNP side downed St Lucia Stars (SLS) by 33 runs in the match no. 10 of Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2017. The chief architects of the SKNP win were Evin Lewis and former Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi.

It was a home game for SLS at the Darren Sammy International Stadium at Gros Islet. They invited SKNP to bat, and though Gayle was cleaned-up early for 12 by Jerome Taylor, his opening partner Lewis cashed in on his rich T20 form and hammered 92 from just 52 balls, striking 5 fours and 7 sixes. Lewis, who struck a brutal match-winning hundred (125*) against India in an one-off T20I last month, missed his fourth T20 ton by 8 runs as he fell to medium-pacer Kyle Mayers in the 17th over. West Indies T20I skipper Carlos Brathwaite supported with a 14-ball 21, but the innings got an apt closure from star Afghan all-rounder Nabi, who clammed an unbeaten 9-ball 24 to guide SKNP to 196 for 6. Andre Fletcher kept the hosts in the hunt with a 33-ball 48, before his innings was cut short by Nabi in the 12th over. Nabi stifled the opponents and also went on to dismiss all-rounder Shane Watson and Mayers.

Nabi found a perfect associate in fellow off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez, who dismissed Johnson Charles, Karman Akmal and Marlon Samuels. Skipper Darren Sammy managed only 3 and was cleaned up by Chinaman Tabraiz Shamsi.

The 33-run win for SKNP means that they have won all their 3 matches and are hovering around the top spot. SLS continue to languish at the bottom of the table with 4 defeats from as many games.

Brief Scores:

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 196 for 6 in 20 overs (Evin Lewis 92, Mohammad Nabi 24*; Jerome Taylor 3 for 46) beat St Lucia Stars 163 for 8 in 20 overs (Andre Fletcher 48; Mohammad Hafeez 3 for 22, Mohammad Nabi 3 for 15) by 33 runs