Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog of the sixth contest of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2016 between St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and St Lucia Zouks at Basseterre. While Zouks won the only match they have played so far, Patriots haven’t tasted victory. Darren Sammy-led Zouks displayed a spectacular performance in the tournament opener, beating Trinbago Knight Riders by 6 wickets. Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson dismissed Dwayne Bravo, Umar Akmal and Kevon Cooper to put his team in the driver’s seat. However, it was their collective effort by the batting unit that sealed the victory, with Johnson Charles leading the batting chart by smashing a blistering half-century. Read: Hashim Amla, Dwayne Bravo broke 9-year-old record in CPL 2016

Live Cricket Score | St Lucia Zouks 145/5, 20 overs | Michael Hussey 22 (28), Kyle Mayers 2 (2) | Target 204: That’s it! St Kitts and Nevis Patriots beat St Lucia Zouks by 58 runs at Basseterre. Patriots register their first victory in CPL T20 2106, thanks to quickfire 36-ball 73 that helped them put up a mammoth total on the scoreboard. Moreover, excellent bowling by Samuel Badree, as he pocketed 2 wickets, conceding only 22 runs. Match report: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots thrash St Lucia Zouks by 58 runs in CPL 2016

OUT! Darren Sammy c Devon Thomas b T Perera 19 (14)

OUT! David Miller b Carlos Brathwaite 4 (6)

Live Cricket Score | St Lucia Zouks 110/3, 15 overs | David Miller 3 (4), Michael Hussey 10 (16) | Target 204: Despite a blistering start, Zouks have found themselves in a spot of bother. Only 18 runs came off the last 5 overs. With Watson out after scoring a half-century, Killer-Miller has come at the crease. However, veteran Hussey has struggled to find his feat. SLZ need 94 runs in 30 balls.

OUT! Andre Fletcher c Faf du Plessis b Tabraiz Shamsi 1 (9)

OUT! Shane Watson c Thisara Perera b Samuel Badree 55 (31)

Live Cricket Score | St Lucia Zouks 92/1, 10 overs | Shane Watson 50 (26), Michael Hussey 1 (4) | Target 204: Three-for in the first innings and now scores a stunning fifty, Shane Watson is on a roll tonight. So far he has stuck 4 fours and 3 sixes, and has brought his team in a commanding position. After the departure of Johnson Charles, veteran Michael Hussey has now come to the crease. SLZ need 112 off 10 overs.

OUT! Johnson Charles c Brd Hodge b Samuel Badree 40 (30) 

Live Cricket Score | St Lucia Zouks 52/0, 5 overs | Shane Watson 25 (15), Johnson Charles 26 (16) | Target 204: Oh, boy! What a start for Zouks! Shane Watson and Johnson Charles have gone berserk. They have taken bull by its horn and went all guns blazing right from the word go, so much so that they are scoring at a run-rate of over 10 RPO.

*St Lucia Zouks innings*

Live Cricket Score | St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 203/7, 20 overs | Brad Hodge 1 (2), Krishmar Santokie 3 (2): 65 runs came off the last 5 overs. What a spectacular batting display by Patriots. Evin Lewis in the first half and Devon Thomas in the death over… The bowlers were reduced to a punching bag. Nonetheless, despite the batsmen taking on the bowlers, Shane Watson scalped 3 wickets, conceding only 36 runs. Excellent performance by the veteran!

OUT! Carlos Brathwaite b Shane Watson 8 (8)

OUT! Devon Thomas c Charles b Shane Watson 48 (27)

OUT! Thisara Perera run out (Nitish Kumar) 10 (7) 

Live Cricket Score | St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 138/4, 15 overs | Devon Thomas 8 (13), Thisara Perera 1 (3): 3 wickets and only 24 runs in the last 5 overs. What looked like a massive score might eventually limit to a respectable one. In the process of continuing the rampage, Patriots lose Evin, du Plessis and Carter. However, it’s a remarkable comeback by Zouks’ bowling unit, and commendable captaincy by Darren Sammy. He kept his calm even when the opposition went berserk.

OUT! Faf du Plessis c Darren Sammy b Morne Morkel 9(12)

OUT! Evin Lewis c Darren Sammy b Shane Watson 73 (36)

OUT! Jonathan Carter c Derone Davis b Darren Sammy 11 (10)

Live Cricket Score | St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 114/1, 10 overs | Evin Lewis 72 (34), Faf du Plessis 9 (10): Captain Faf du Plessis came to the crease after Lendl Simmons was dismissed on 30. He, along with the in-form Evin Lewis, fired on all cylinders and put the opposition on the back foot. Meanwhile Evin Lewis brought his fifty, and is batting at a strike-rate of above 200.

St Lucia Zouks, on the other hand, need couple of wickets to stop the rampage.

OUT! Lendl Simmons c Shane Watson b Derone Davis 30 (16) 

Live Cricket Score | St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 61/0, 5 overs | Evin Lewis 35 (19), Lendl Simmons 25 (11): Patriots have got off to a flying start. It’s a belter of a track, and Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons have made full use of the conditons. If they keep going at this rate, we might see the first 200-plus score in CPL T20 2016.

TOSS UPDATE: St Lucia Zouks have won the toss and elected to field

Zouks, as a matter of fact, have a famed batting line-up. They have stalwarts such as Michael Hussey, Watson, David Miller, Sammy in their ranks. Thus, it will be an uphill task for the Patriots’ bowlers to keep the onslaught at bay. Read: Zampa thinks CPL will be great learning curve

Patriots, on the other hand, will be itching to open their account. Faf du Plessis-led side will leave no stone unturned in tonight’s contest to get the better of Patriots.


St Kitts and Nevis Patriots: Faf du Plessis (c), Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Jonathan Carter, Brad Hodge, Devon Thomas (wk), Thisara Perera, Carlos Brathwaite, Krishmar Santokie, Samuel Badree, Tabraiz Shamsi, Shamarh Brooks, Tino Best, Nikhil Dutta, Alzarri Joseph, Jeremiah Louis, Kieran Powell, JJ Smuts

St Lucia Zouks: Johnson Charles, Derone Davis, Andre Fletcher (wk), Delorn Johnson, Eddie Leie, Kyle Mayers, Morne Morkel, Darren Sammy (c), Shane Watson, Keron Cottoy, Fidel Edwards, Michael Hussey, Nitish Kumar, Keddy Lesporis, David Miller, Gidron Pope, Shane Shillingford, Miguel Cummins, Denesh Ramdin, Kristopher Ramsaran, Grant Elliott