Barbados Tridents (BT) register an away win against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (SKNP) in the 8th match of Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2016. AB de Villiers (63) and Shoaib Malik’s (54) contributions made sure that the Tridents finish the game with eight balls to spare. Their skipper Kieron Pollard although, did come out to play a cameo down the order and help his team reach the finish line. De Villiers paced his innings beautifully to ensure his team’s victory. He remained not out at the end alongside Pollard. He struck two consecutive sixes of Sri Lankan all-rounder Tihisara Perera to make it look like an easy win. They were given a target of 163 runs by SNP. Earlier, Evin Lewis’ half century and Jonathan Carter’s contributions made sure that SNP reach 162.
Barbados Tridents had a faulty start as opener Steven Taylor went back to the pavilion after scoring just three runs. Shoaib Malik, paced his innings well, mixing aggression with caution. Malik scored 54 from 46 deliveries with the help of two sixes and two fours. Surprisingly, Wayne Parnell came into bat after the fall of the first wicket. He too fell quickly after scoring 16 runs. De Villiers then came in and took the charge with Malik. They shared a partnership of 73 runs between them to lay the foundation of the chase. Pollard came in after Malik fell prey to Samuel Badree. Pollard’s cameo helped his team to reach the target without any fuss.
Spinner, Badree failed to work his magic as he gave 37 runs in his spell of four overs. Tabraiz Shamsi was also hit for 41 runs. SKNP lost two of their star batsmen early on. Lendl Simmons (2) and Faf Du Plessis (8) went back to the dugout cheaply. They lost wickets at regular intervals which hampered their chances to put on a big total on the scoreboard.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 162 for 8 in 20 overs (Evin Lewis 50, Jonathan Carter 41; David Wiese 2 for 14, Wayne Parnell 2 for 22) lost to Barbados Tridents 163 for 3 (AB de Villiers 63, Shoaib Malik 54; Thisara Perera 2 for 31, Samuel Badree 1 for 37) with 7 wickets and 8 balls to spare.
Man of the match: AB de Villiers