Barbados Tridents captain Jason Holder hitting out during his 54 batting at No. 3. (Pictures courtesy CPL/Ashley Allen via Getty Images)
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Mohammad Irfan stood tall, but Barbados Tridents’ hearts were broken by Brandon King and Ben Cutting as the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots recorded a comfortable six-wicket win with seven balls to spare at Kensington Oval last night.
Set 148 for victory after the Tridents posted 147 for six, the Patriots seemed out of the contest in the midst of a remarkable spell from Irfan in which he sent down 23 consecutive deliveries without conceding a run while removing openers Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis.
King saved the day in an innings of 60 marked with courage, common sense and brilliant strokeplay. The Tridents seemed on course to win their first home game of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League after fast bowler Irfan put on one of the most spectacular bowling displays in T20 cricket and the most economical.
Not only was he economical but he made King and his partner Devon Thomas look alarmingly uncomfortable. The first run conceded by Irfan came off his final delivery, a scrambled single to mid-off, as he sent down four overs in an unbroken spell in which he picked up two wickets for one run and earned the Man Of The Match award, despite being on the losing side. (PH)
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