Caribbean Premier League 6th Match: Malik and Rampaul keep Antigua winless

Malik walloped four boundaries and four sixes during his knock of 72

Malik walloped four boundaries and four sixes during his knock of 72

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Barbados Tridents all-rounder Shoaib Malik smashed an entertaining half-century and pace bowler Ravi Rampaul took four wickets to not only crush the Antigua Hawksbills by five wickets, but also keep them winless.

Barbados captain Kieron Pollard would have been delighted with his decision to bowl first as Antigua opening batsman Danza Hyatt was clean bowled by Rampaul for seven runs.

Antigua skipper Marlon Samuels and Australia batsman Ben Dunk made up for the early loss of Hyatt with an 83-run partnership, during which Samuels brought up his half-century, before Dunk was caught behind off the bowling of Jason Holder for 33.

Samuels and David Hussey kept the runs flowing with a 64-run partnership before Samuels was caught by Holder at long-off off the bowling of Rampaul. Samuels’ magnificent knock of 84 came off 54 balls and included seven boundaries and four sixes.

Rampaul claimed two more wickets in the over as he dismissed Devon Thomas for a golden duck and Hussey for a quickfire 32.

Sheldon Cottrell only made three runs before he was caught by Pollard at long-on off the bowling of Rayad Emrit.

Thanks to Samuels, Antigua ended up finishing on 172/6 off their 20 overs.

Rampaul was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Holder and Emrit chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Rampaul dismissed Hyatt, Samuels, Hussey and Thomas

Rampaul dismissed Hyatt, Samuels, Hussey and Thomas

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Chasing 173 to win, Barbados got off to a poor start as opening batsman Shane Dowrich was clean bowled by Cottrell for 17.

Dwayne Smith managed to make 21 before he was caught by Miguel Cummins at third man off the bowling of Carlos Brathwaite.

Sri Lanka all-rounder Jeevan Mendis mustered 16 runs before he was also caught by Cummins, but only off the bowling of Brad Hogg.

Pollard made a quickfire 21 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Brathwaite.

Malik was Barbados’ hero with the bat as he hammered 72 runs off 50 balls, which included four boundaries and four sixes, before he was run out by Cottrell.

Holder and Ashley Nurse finished things off with four balls to spare.

Brathwaite was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Cottrell and Hogg claimed one wicket each.

Malik was named Man of the Match for his superb innings of 72.

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