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Rashid Khan, Mitchell Santner shine as Tridents edge Patriots by six runs
CPL 2020

Rashid Khan, Mitchell Santner shine as Tridents edge Patriots by six runs

Barbados Tridents 153/9 in 20 overs (Jason Holder 38, Kyle Mayers 37; Sheldon Cottrell 2-16, Rayad Emrit 2-16)

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 147/5 in 20 overs (Joshua Da Silva 41*, Ben Dunk 34; Mitchell Santner 2-18, Rashid Khan 2-27)

Defending champions Barbados Tridents began their CPL 2020 campaign on a winning note after prevailing over St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by a narrow margin of six runs.

The Patriots' decision to field first instantly paid off when Sheldon Cottrell dismantled the opening duo of Johnson Charles and Corey Anderson.

Tridents' misery continued to pile on as the off-colour Shai Hope was dismissed by veteran seamer Sohail Tanvir to leave them struggling at 8-3.

Tridents skipper Jason Holder then produced a breathtaking counterattacking stand in the company of Kyle Mayers. The two batsmen unleashed blistering strokeplay to smash 61 runs in just 29 deliveries and rescue the team from sinking deeper into trouble.

The Patriots fought back by cutting through the opposition's middle-order with Rayad Emrit picking up two wickets to stem their flow.

Mitchell Santner was the ninth Tridents batsman to get out after contributing a useful 20 with the side still needing to bat almost four overs.

Afghanistan star all-rounder Rashid Khan then batted effectively alongside Hayden Walsh as the two managed to steer Barbados to a competitive total of 153-9.

Rashid's unbeaten 26 was marked by an audacious helicopter shot off the intimidating pace of Alzarri Joseph that travelled beyond the boundary rope.

Although Patriots lost fewer wickets than Tridents, they were deprived of a solid charge from any of the batsmen. Ben Dunk gave his side hope of cruising to the target but he fell to Santner off 34 from 21 deliveries.

Santner delivered a maiden over in his highly economical spell of two for 18 and was later adjudged man of the match.

Additionally, Rashid perfectly applied the brakes on the Patriots' chase by taking two wickets in successive balls in the crucial 18th over.

Mayers was able to defend 20 in the last over of the innings despite darting in a series of full-tosses including a beamer that was called a no-ball by the umpire.