CPL 2018 16th Match: Patriots cruise to victory despite Irfan’s exceptional bowling performance

Mohammad Irfan two wickets one run four overs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots Barbados Tridents Caribbean Premier League CPL cricket

Mohammad Irfan finished with figures of 2-1 off his four overs

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Barbados Tridents left-arm seamer Mohammad Irfan conceded just one run off his four overs, but the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots still triumphed by six wickets.

Choosing to bowl first, the Patriots kept things tight for the first seven overs before getting their first breakthrough when Patriots opener Martin Guptill was run out by Anton Devcich for 19.

Dwayne Smith, who opened the batting with Guptill, was dismissed the very next ball as he was brilliantly caught by Evin Lewis off the bowling of Ben Cutting for 20.

Tridents captain Jason Holder and Shai Hope stabilised the innings with an 87-run partnership, during which Holder brought up his half-century.

Hope ended up making 26 before he was sent packing by Devich, who proceeded to remove Holder the very next ball for 54, which came off 35 balls and included four boundaries and three sixes.

Once Holder was gone, the Tridents lost Steve Smith and Nicholas Pooran in a hurry, which led to them finishing on 147/6.

Cutting and Devcich picked up two wickets apiece, while Sheldon Cottrell chipped in with one.

Chasing 148 to win, the Patriots got off to the worst possible start as captain Chris Gayle was caught behind off the bowling of Irfan on the first ball of the innings.

Irfan then proceeded to take out Lewis for one run.

Despite losing Gayle and Lewis, Devon Thomas and Brandon King came to the rescue with an 88-run stand, during which King registered his half-century.

Thomas ended up scoring 32 before he was clean bowled by Wahab Riaz.

King proceeded to make 60 off 49 balls, which included four boundaries and five sixes, before he was dismissed by Ashley Nurse.

Even though the Patriots lost King, Cutting and Tom Cooper mopped up the remaining runs to lead the team to victory with seven balls to spare.

Irfan was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Wahab and Nurse claimed one wicket each.

Irfan was named Man of the Match.

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