Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis Fireworks Lead St Kitts & Nevis Patriots to CPL 2021 Finals

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots made it to the final of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021 in front of their home crowd with a seven-wicket win over the Guyana Amazon Warriors. Patriots won the toss and decided to field first. Despite a bright start from the Amazon Warriors openers, wickets fell to 178/9 in the middle overs before a late burst from Shimron Hetmyer.

In their chase, the Patriots once again opted to open with Chris Gayle, and he set the stage for a successful chase, throwing the ball into the stands on several occasions, before Evin Lewis crushed his side. Guided to victory.

The Warriors strengthened after losing Brandon King in the fourth over of their innings, with Chanderpaul Hemraj and Shoaib Malik building up patiently. However, three wickets in three consecutive overs, including captain Nicholas Pooran, saw the team’s downfall, reaching 131-8 at one point. Spinners John-Russ Jaggesar and Fawad Ahmed were exceptional for the Patriots during this period.

Shimron Hetmyer was left to save the innings and he scored 45 runs in 20 balls, including 25 runs in the last over of the innings.

The St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, in turn, took a 68–0 lead after the first six overs on their highest Powerplay score of this year’s CPL, Gayle and Lewis. Gayle was in disastrous form, scored 42 off 27 balls, and when he fell to young Kevin Sinclair, Lewis took charge of the chase. Backed by captain DJ Bravo, who promoted himself to number three, Lewis scored an unbeaten 77 off just 39 balls as the Patriots won with 13 balls to spare.

With this win, the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots will now take on the St. Lucia Kings in Wednesday’s Hero CPL Finals, with a side set to clinch their maiden title.

Brief Score: Guyana Amazon Warriors 178/9 (Hetmyer 45 not out, King 27, Hemraj 27; lost to Jaggesar 2/19, Fawad 2/22) St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots 181/3 (Lewis 77 not out, Gayle 42; Smith 2/48, Sinclair 1/31)

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