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St Lucia Zouks prevail in rain-affected clash to open their account
CPL 2020

St Lucia Zouks prevail in rain-affected clash to open their account

Barbados Tridents 131/7 in 18.1 overs (Johnson Charles 35; Roston Chase 2-8)

St Lucia Zouks 50/3 in 4.1 overs (Andre Fletcher 16*, Mohammad Nabi 15)

St Lucia Zouks benefitted from a couple of fiery cameos from Andre Fletcher and Mohammad Nabi as they succeeded in a frantic five-over chase during the rain-marred contest against Barbados Tridents.

A heavy shower deprived the Tridents of a chance to go big in the final two overs as they finished their struggling innings at 131-7 in 18.1 overs.

Impressive work from the groundstaff at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad, ensured there would be a result despite torrential rainfall threatening an abandonment.

The Tridents were then left defending a rather modest target of 47 from the bare minimum of five overs.

The chase got underway in blazing fashion for the Zouks as Rahkeem Cornwall blasted three boundaries off Barbados skipper Jason Holder.

The second over, bowled by Rashid Khan, slightly punctuated the momentum as the Afghan leg-spinner gave away just seven runs and prised out Cornwall.

In the crucial penultimate over of the short innings, Mohammad Nabi showcased his class by striking a couple of defiant blows to bring the equation down to less than a run a ball.

Although he departed in the same over to compatriot Rashid, Fletcher muscled an emphatic six which spelled the end of the Tridents' resistance.

The winning hit came from Fletcher, who creamed a juicy full-toss from Raymon Reifer to the cover boundary to set up a seven-wicket win.

Nabi also played a vital role in stemming the flow of runs when Barbados were batting by bowling a frugal four-over spell accounting for just 19 runs and the wicket of Shai Hope.

The Tridents had gotten off to a rollicking start made possible by a breathtaking charge from Johnson Charles in the Powerplay. His dismissal for a 19-ball 35 disturbed the scoring rate initially but Holder led from the front to punish the bowlers.

He slammed a couple of maximums during his enterprising stay at the crease as his demise came about a miscued slog off Kesrick Williams.

The Tridents then accumulated only 33 runs in what turned out to be the final six overs of the innings as they desperately awaited explosive batting from the lower-order.

St Lucia captain Daren Sammy did not let the batters get used to any bowler out in the middle and deployed the tactic of exploiting a total of eight bowling options.