Aggressive Zouks exact revenge over Tridents in CPL T20
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):
St Lucia Zouks produced an aggressive batting display to post the tournament's highest score this season as they gained revenge over Barbados Tridents with a 30-run victory in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on Friday night.
Man of the Match Andre Fletcher slammed 77 from 50 balls, while Englishman Kevin Pietersen carved out 73 off 39 deliveries - his first CPL half-century - to propel Zouks to an imposing 202 for five at Warner Park.
Captain Darren Sammy then snared three for 35 as Tridents never recovered from a slow start and could only muster 172 for seven.
Jason Holder struck 31 not out, while Shoaib Malik and Kieron Pollard also scored 31 apiece.
The victory strengthened Zouks' position in second on seven points, just one behind Tridents, who have now lost two of their last three games following an opening three-match winning streak in Barbados.
Zouks, who went down to Tridents last Sunday, came out firing on all cylinders this time around. Opting to bat first, they suffered the early loss of Johnson Charles, who perished in the second over for seven, miscuing seamer Ravi Rampaul to Dilshan Munaweera at square leg.
However, they overcame this blip courtesy of a 138-run second wicket stand between Fletcher and Pietersen, who spectacularly put the Tridents bowlers to the sword.
Fletcher smashed three fours and five sixes, while Pietersen entertained with seven fours and four sixes, as Zouks raced to their fifty off 34 balls and the century mark off another 30 deliveries.