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CPL 2020, BT vs SLZ Highlights: St Lucia Zouks win rain-shortened match by 7 wickets

CPL 2020, BT vs SLZ Highlights: St Lucia Zouks needed to chase down 47 in 5 overs after rain shortened the match.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: August 23, 2020 7:06:13 pm
CPL LiveRahkeem Cornwall in action for St Lucia Zouks (Twitter/StLuciaZouks)

CPL 2020, BT vs SLZ Highlights: The St Lucia Zouks won a rain-shortened match vs Barbados Tridents on Thursday by 7 wickets, chasing down 47 in 5 overs.

Batting first, the Barbados Tridents got off to an attacking start but unraveled in the middle overs in the CPL match vs St Lucia Zouks on Thursday. Johnson Charles (35) gave them the perfect platform to put on a big total. Mohammad Nabi (1/19) and the Zouks’ part-time spinners tightened the noose on the scoring from then on, however. When play resumed, St Lucia Zouks needed to chase down 47 in 5 overs. Rashid Khan struck early as Rahkeem Cornwall was stumped after he gave them a flier. Mohammad Nabi (15) and Andre Fletcher (16) kept the fireworks going, completing the chase with 5 balls to spare. Nabi was named the Man of the Match.

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CPL 2020, Barbados Tridents vs St Lucia Zouks Highlights:

23:42 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Zouks win by 7 wickets

Fletcher hits the winning runs, drives for four, and holds his pose for the photographers. The Zouks have won by 7 wickets. The Tridents will be thinking rain would have hurt their chances after they chose to bat first. But it's Sammy's Zouks who have won today and gotten off on the points table.

23:40 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Zouks 1 run away from win

Now Andre Fletcher gets into the act. Rashid Khan bleeds runs. Goes short and Fletcher rocks back and pulls him for a mighty hit on the leg side. Brings it down to just 2 runs to get. Ends the fourth over with a single. Scores level. The Zouks need 1 to win in 1 over. Sammy will stay at the non-striker's end as the winning runs are hit.

23:38 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Rashid vs Nabi

Six. Four. Out - That's how the Rashid vs Nabi battle turned out. Rashid has the last laugh but Nabi's two huge shots to start the 3rd over has bruised the opposition. He falls for 15 off 6 balls. Sammy walks out at 5 with the Zouks needing only 8 off 9 balls.

23:32 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Second wicket falls - Zouks need 23 off 15

Reifer bowls a full toss outside off stump. Najibullah Zadran heaves the ball to long off for a four. Reifer follows up with a slower ball and the batsman cannot connect. The third ball is a short ball. Zadran pulls but finds the fielder on the shorter boundary. Zadran goes for 5. Nabi walks out at 4, living up to Ian Bishop's expectations of him. Zouks 24/2 after 2.2

23:29 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Need 27 in 3 overs

Najibullah Zadran comes out at 3. Ian Bishop says he expects Nabi and Sammy to put up their hands to come out next. Not Roston Chase. He wants the heavy artillery out earlu. Raymon Reifer bowls the 3rd over with the Zouks needing 27 in 3 overs.

23:26 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Rashid gets Cornwall stumped

Rashid Khan bowls the 2nd over as Holder pulls out his trump card in the 2nd over itself. Cornwall gets a single with an ungly heave. Fletcher picks up on a short ball to pull to square leg for four. Rashid Khan zips it into Cornwall, squaring him up, for a rare fot ball. The Cornwall steps out of his crease, misses the ball and is stumped out. Cornwall is out for 14 off 8 balls. Zouks 19/1 after 1.5 overs

23:21 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Cornwall gets lucky boundaries

Holder begins. He bowls the 1st over himself. Cornwall on strike. Gets a boundary fortuitously. Edge runs down for four. Cornwall gets another boundary with an edge, this time to fine leg. The fourth ball of the over is creamed through the covers for another four. This chase is off to a cracking start. A tennis swat gets him a single off the 5th ball. Fletcher sees out a duck. SLZ 13/0 after 1 over

23:16 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Chase begins

5 overs. 47 runs. 10 wickets. Each bowler can bowl a maximum of 2 overs. Cornwall and Andre Fletcher step out for the Zouks. It's fireworks time! Holder's bowling changes will be interesting to see, like selecting penalty kick takers.

23:08 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Match to resume at 11:13 IST

We will have a 5-over chase! The rain has stopped. The Zouks need to chase 47 in 5 overs to win.

22:57 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Rain comes back on

All the covers are off. The umpires walk out to the middle for one final look. Cut-off time for the match is less than 20 minutes away. The umpires, incidentally, still have their umbrellas with them. And would you believe that! The rain starts again! The covers come back on one by one as frantic ground staff run about. This looks to be the death knell for this match, folks. Some of the players still milling about hopefully though. El Presidente, Nabi, is down to his vests though, seen on the sidelines.

22:43 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Umpires and players have word - covers coming off

Some of the players seen walking out to the middle to do a bit of inspection of their own. The covers remain on the pitches. The umpires, with umbrellas in hand, walk out of the ground - possibly still not convinced - as the Zouks get a team meeting going in the middle with coach Andy Flower also joining in. Tridents skipper Jason Holder intercepts the umpires at the boundary line. Holder, ingterestingly has the ball in hand. And the covers are coming off!

22:23 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Ground staff at work

The ground staff are in the middle trying to mp up the puddles. The umpires out in the middle too for an inspection of the conditions. The cut-off for a 5-over chase is 23:13 IST. Which is 50 minutes from now. Chances of resumption are looking brighter than they have so far though.

22:05 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Chase, if possible, will definitely be a curtailed one

The rain has abated but with a slight drizzle continuing, the ground staff are still hanging around the periphery of the ground. The umpires are yet to be seen in the middle either. Important to note that a 5-over-per-side is all that is required for a result. Likely that the chase will start with a curtailed target if and when we get play. The Zouks will need to chase 47 off 5 overs if that happens. A little over one hour remaining before a final call on the match can be taken, if the drizzle does not subside.

21:46 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Rain stops

The rain has stopped but puddles have formed on the outfield as well on the covers, which are still firmly in place over the pitch. We shall have an update and when and how (how many overs curtailed) play can resume at 10 pm IST.

21:18 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Heavy rain

Visuals from the ground show that the rain has dramatically increased in volume. And sounds of thunder to boot. Might be a while before we get play, or even update on further play. 

21:02 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Match halted due to rain

And the umpires take the players off with rain starting to get heavy. We are off with the Tridents at 131/7 after 18.1 overs. We have a rain stoppage! DLS comes into the picture. Let's wait to see when action can resume again.

21:00 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Rain threat

Kesrick Williams gives away 5 runs in the 18th over. But there's a bigger threat looming here. With dark clouds hovering, there's a lot of concern around the ground. The umpires have a word with the ground staff. The staff are ready with the covers in case they are required. We are fine for now though. Kuggeleijn bowls the 19th. BT 131/7 

20:55 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Kuggeleijn comes back and gives away 11 runs in 1 over

Kuggeleijn, who landed the first blows for the Zouks in the Powerplay, comes back to end the bowling innings. Nurse muscles the ball through the covers and just manages to beat the fielder for four runs. A boundary coming after a long while for the Tridents. Kuggeleijn gives away 11 runs in his over, again proving it's spin for the win on this track today. BT 125/7 after 17

20:49 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Sammy attacks with part-time spinners

The Tridents had a great Powerplay but have added only 57 runs for 5 wickets since then. Sammy continues with his spinners, Chase comes back to bowl a second over. 4 runs come off the over. Chase's figueres 2/8 after two overs. BT 114/7 after 16

20:43 (IST)20 Aug 2020
Tridents unravel

Deyal, the mystery spinner in the Zouks' ranks, bowls the 15th over. Models his carrom ball around Sunil Narine's. And he gets a wicket straightaway! The 8th bowler bowled by Sammy today, and again the bowling change does the trick. Reifer is out, Andre Fletcher takes a great catch after an inside edge from the batsman goes to the keeper. The last 10 balls have seen 7 runs and 3 wickets fall! Santner comes out at 9. BT 109/7 after 14.3

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