St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (SNP) secured a place in the final of the ongoing 2021 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a brilliant seven-wicket victory over the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) at Warner Park in Basseterre on Tuesday.
Put to bat first, the Warriors posted 178/9 on the scoreboard in their allotted 20 overs. Openers Brandon King and Chandrapaul Maharaj contributed with 27 runs each, while skipper Nicholas Pooran made 26 off 14 balls with the help of one four and three sixes.
However, Shimron Hetmyer ended up as a top-scorer for the Warriors. He scored a crucial 45 from 20 deliveries, including six boundaries. For the Patriots, Jon-Russ Jaggesar and Fawad Ahmed both bowled superbly. While Jaggesar picked up two scalps for 19 runs in 4 overs, Fawad bagged a couple of wickets for 22 runs in 4 overs.
In reply, the Patriots opened the innings with power-hitter Chris Gayle, who laid the platform for a successful chase, before Evin Lewis then took charge and steered his side to a memorable victory. Gayle scored a quick fire 42 from 27 deliveries, including five fours and three sixes.
On the other hand, Lewis remained unbeaten on a 39-balls 77 run knock to take his team over the finish line. He smashed eight sixes and three fours during his match-winning performance with the willow.
The Dwayne Bravo-led side chased down the target in 17.5 overs with seven wickets in hand. Lewis was named ‘Player of the Match’ for his spectacular batting.
“I wanted a rest (in the previous game) and wanted to come back fresh. It helps having Gayle, as we both like to go after it from the start. He (Bravo) told me to bat deep and ensure that I finish the match,” said Lewis after the match.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
77* (39) – Fireworks and a place in the @CPL final.
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) September 15, 2021
When it mattered all the experienced West Indies internationals led from the front and absolutely smashed Guyana.
Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis and DJ Bravo.
— Caribbean Cricket Podcast (@CaribCricket) September 14, 2021
Most Sixes in a CPL Season:
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) September 14, 2021
#GAWvSKNP Patriots blast their way into the Finals 💥
Patriots will meet the Kings in the #CPL21 Finals🏆as they win by 7️⃣ wickets.
End of Match
— WIPA (@wiplayers) September 14, 2021
HE WON.@evin_lewis17 is yet again your MAN OF THE MATCH with an extraordinary display of batting that led us into the finals! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼#sknp #sknpatriots #stkittsandnevis🇰🇳 #cpl21 #biggestpartyinsport #GAWvSKNP pic.twitter.com/mir9fp6n9a
— SKNPatriots (@sknpatriots) September 14, 2021
— CPL T20 (@CPL) September 14, 2021
Evin Lewis show in CPL semi-final, leading run-scorer of the season and he smashed unbeaten 77 runs from just 39 balls including 3 fours & 8 sixes while chasing 179 runs and St Kitts qualified into the final. #CPL2021
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 14, 2021
Evin Lewis in this CPL 2021 so far:-
77*(39) in Semifinal.
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) September 15, 2021
Evin Lewis just sort of getting disregarded by top level T20 teams because [insert reason I don't know] is silly, isn't it. Gun
— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) September 14, 2021
Evin Lewis again scored 77 runs in 39 balls which takes his overall tally in CPL 2021 to,
38 6s 🔥
— Akram Khan (@AkramK2108) September 15, 2021