IN only the second super over in the history of the Caribbean Premier League, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots ended the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) four-match win streak with a fighting performance led by captain Carlos Brathwaite in the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League T20 Tournament at Warner Park in St Kitts, tonight.
Opening with Brathwaite and Evin Lewis, Patriots posted 18 without loss in the super over off fast bowler Ali Khan with Brathwaite hitting two sixes and a straight four off the final ball of the over.
In reply, TKR could only muster 5/1 in their turn at the crease, as Brathwaite bowled a brilliant final over. He got the wicket of Darren Bravo and only conceded one four as TKR captain Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons could not get the team over the line.
Earlier, Simmons slammed 90 to propel TKR to a competitive 216/4 after 20 overs batting first.
Simmons faced only 45 deliveries and cracked nine fours and six sixes to propel TKR to the massive total. Simmons and new opening partner Mark Deyal put on 49 for the first wicket in four overs, before Deyal fell for 21 to Brathwaite. Simmons was joined by Colin Munro and the onslaught continued as the pair got TKR to 139 in the 12th over, before Simmons fell. The innings lost some momentum after the loss of Simmons as the Patriots contained the TKR batsmen led by Alzarri Joseph who ended with 1/25 in four overs.
The other TKR batsmen pitched in, but they did not find the fluency like Simmons. Munro struck 28 off 24 balls with two fours and a six, Pollard hit 19 off 17 balls, Bravo scored 24 not out off 12 and Jimmy Neesham 22 not out off 13. Brathwaite took 2/48 in four overs.
In reply, Lewis got the Patriots off to quick start with some lusty blows racing past 50. Fast bowlers Anderson Phillip and Khan, along with spinner Khary Pierre restricted the Patriots with some tight overs.
Lewis mistimed a full toss from Phillip and was caught by Pollard on the boundary for 45 off 21 balls that included three fours and five sixes.
Pollard could not stay out of the game as he took a spectacular one handed catch at long on to dismiss Mohammad Hafeez for seven to give Pierre the wicket.
Brathwaite came to the crease and together with Shamarh Brooks brought Patriots back in the contest as the home team progressed to 155/4 after 15 overs. Brooks fell for 20 and in the following over Brathwaite was out for 64 off 30 deliveries with six fours and four sixes.
Patriots went into the final over requiring 19 and Rayad Emrit ended on 21 not out off 11 deliveries as Patriots closed on 216/7 as the match ended in a tie. Phillip took 3/38 in four overs and Khan grabbed 2/27 in four.