Charles, Miller shine as Zouks stun title-holders


July 01, 2016
Johnson Charles


West Indies opener Johnson Charles belted an attacking half-century and South African David Miller produced an entertaining late cameo as St Lucia Zouks stunned title-holders Trinbago Knight Riders by six wickets in the opening game of the Caribbean Premier League here Wednesday night.

Set a competitive 163 for victory at Queen's Park Oval, Zouks got home off the first ball of the final over when the left-hander Miller clobbered fast bowler Ronsford Beaton to the cover boundary well after midnight.

Charles top-scored with 52 off 38 balls with six fours and a six while Miller counted four fours and a six to end on 33 not out from 20 deliveries. AndrE Fletcher made 23 from 22 balls.

Sent in earlier, the hosts rallied from a slow start to reach 162 for six, thanks mainly to Darren Bravo's superb unbeaten 63 off 44 balls.

The innings was stuttering at 58 for three at the end of the ninth over when Bravo and Umar Akmal, who made 30, combined in a 66-run, fourth-wicket stand to pull things around.

Bravo lashed two fours and four sixes while the energetic Akmal faced 28 balls and counted two fours and a six.

In reply, Charles and Watson got stuck into opening bowlers Beaton and left-arm spinner Nikita Miller as they set the foundation for victory with a 47-run, opening stand off 35 deliveries.

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