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Barbados Tridents captain Kieron Pollard smashed a valiant 63 not out, but it was not enough to lead his side to victory as heavy rain saw the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots triumph by 17 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method.
With the Patriots winning the match, they now sit in second place on the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) standings, while the Tridents are in fourth.
Opting to bowl first, the Patriots got an early breakthrough as Carlos Brathwaite took out Kane Williamson for seven runs.
Chris Barnwell only scored one run before being given out lbw off the bowling of Samuel Badree.
Dwayne Smith, who was looking good up to this point, fell in Badree’s next over as he was caught by Mohammad Nabi at mid-off for a 16-ball 33.
Akeal Hosein was on his way back to the pavilion soon after as he was run out by Tabraiz Shamsi, while Shoaib Maik was dismissed by Pakistan compatriot Hasan Ali for 29.
With the Tridents struggling at 89/5 in the 13th over, captain Kieron Pollard and wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran came to the rescue with a much-needed 57-run partnership.
Even though Pooran was removed by Shamsi for 20, Pollard went on to score an unbeaten 63, which came off 40 balls and included a boundary and six sixes.
Thanks to Pollard’s blitz, the Tridents finished on 168/6 off their 20 overs.
Badree was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Brathwaite, Hasan and Shamsi chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 169 to win, Hosein started off by conceding five wides on the trot, but redeemed himself on the final ball of his over by taking out Patriots opener Evin Lewis, who made seven runs.
Patriots skipper Chris Gayle and Mohammad Hafeez made up for the loss of Lewis with an unbeaten 70-run stand before the rain came.
With the rain refusing to relent, the umpires had no choice but to bring the match to an end. As a result of this, the Patriots were declared the winners as they were ahead of the DLS par score.
Gayle finished on 38 off 25 balls, which included four boundaries and two sixes, while Hafeez remained undefeated on 30 off 29 deliveries, which included four boundaries.
Hosein was the only bowler to take a wicket.