CPL 2018 26th Match: Allen’s last-over heroics sinks Tridents

Fabian Allen 64 not out St Kitts and Nevis Patriots Barbados Tridents Caribbean Premier League CPL cricket

Fabian Allen celebrates after leading the Patriots to a thrilling win

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Fabian Allen smashed a game-winning 64, including 17 off the last four balls of the match, to lead the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to a two-wicket win over the Barbados Tridents.

Being put in to bat first, the Tridents made a solid start to their innings as openers Dwayne Smith and Sunny Sohal amassed a 45-run partnership.

Smith ended up making 26 before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Tabraiz Shamsi, while Sohal was given out lbw off the bowling of Mahmudullah for 17.

Hashim Amla and Shai Hope fell in quick succession, but wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran and Roston Chase came to the rescue with a 48-run partnership.

Pooran went on to score a 32-ball 44, which included three boundaries and three sixes, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Alzarri Joseph.

Chase and captain Jason Holder ensured the Tridents ended their innings on a high as they forged an unbeaten 53-run partnership.

Chase ended up making 38 off 28 balls, which included two boundaries and a six, while Holder remained undefeated on 30 off 11 deliveries, which included two boundaries and three sixes, as the Tridents finished on 168/5.

Shamsi was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Mahmudullah and Joseph chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 169 to win, the Patriots made a quick start to their innings before opener Evin Lewis was caught by Wahab Riaz at midwicket off the bowling of Mohammad Irfan for 19.

Rassie van der Dussen and Patriots captain Chris Gayle fell in quick succession for four and 22 respectively.

Anton Devcich, Ibrahim Khaleel and Mahmudullah failed to have an impact as well as the Patriots slumped to 92/6 in the 12th over.

However, Allen and Ben Cutting kept their side in contention as they put together a 52-run partnership before Cutting was clean bowled by Holder for 11.

Joseph fell soon after for seven, and the Patriots went into the last over needing 17 runs to win.

Allen smashed two sixes and a boundary off the first three balls from Dominic Drakes before finishing things off with a leg bye on the fourth ball.

Allen finished unbeaten on 64, which came off 34 balls and included six boundaries and four sixes.

Irfan was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Imran Khan took two, and Wahab and Holder claimed one wicket each.

Allen was named Man of the Match.

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