Sports Desk: The goal was not very easy. But the devastating batting of Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle made it effortless. Where Lewis had finished in the previous match, it was as if he started the bowlers again. Gayle gifted stormy innings early on. The Patriots beat St. Kitts and Nevis in the final of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
In the second semi-final of the CPL, Lewis played an unbeaten innings of 7 off 39 balls with 6 sixes and 3 fours in St. Kitts on Tuesday. Gayle hit 5 fours and 3 sixes in 42 balls.
St. Kitts and Nevis won by 6 wickets with 13 balls to spare in the Guyana Amazon Warriors’ 18-run stand.
Lewis had played an unbeaten innings of 102 off 51 balls in the previous match. He started the storm by chasing runs in the semi-final match. In the first three overs, he has two sixes. Gayle’s run was then 1 off 8 balls.
Gayle got pacer Odin Smith in the fourth over. 23 runs came from four overs and one six. In the next over, Gayle hit Imran Tahir with sixes and fours and Lewis hit sixes.
76 runs in 7 overs courtesy of the two.
Gayle was out in the eighth over, but Lewis’s violence continued. St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots did not have much speed to win.
Lewis touched fifty off 24 balls, including six sixes. He later returned with the team’s victory. Captain Dwayne Bravo made 34 off 31 balls.
With an average of 52.50 and a strike rate of 164.60, Lewis still has the most runs in the tournament.
St. Lucia Kings will face Lewis-Gayle in Wednesday’s final.