VIDEO: Jamaica Tallawahs lose to outgoing champions Barbados Tridents
Andre Russell (R) of Jamaica Tallawahs hits a six, while wicketkeeper Johnson Charles of Barbados Tridents watches during match 28 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League, at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in in Tarouba, Trinidad, on Saturday, September 5, 2020 (Photo by Randy Brooks - CPL T20/CPL T20 via Getty Images).
Jermaine Blackwood and Andre Russell hit half-centuries but their efforts weren't enough as the Jamaica Tallawahs suffered a seven-wicket defeat against outgoing champions Barbados Tridents, in the 2020 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), on Saturday.
Batting first after winning the toss at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, Trinidad, the Tallawahs led by Blackwood (74 from 59 balls) and Russell (54 from 28 balls) made 161 for four off their allotted 20 overs. The Tridents responded with 165 for three to win the match with eight balls remaining.
The victory means that the Tridents, which failed to reach the final four, finished the tournament on a high. With the Tallawahs now confirmed in fourth, they will play runaway leaders Trinbago Knight Riders in the semi-finals. It was the fifth defeat from nine matches for the Tallawah.
A classy half-century from captain Jason Holder (69 from 42 balls) and a fine all-round performance from Mitchell Santner (35 not out and 15 runs off his three overs) set up the victory for the Tridents.
Santner’s first over went for just two, but Blackwood promoted to open, cut Joshua Bishop’s first ball for four.
Holder brought himself on, and Blackwood carved him for four over the slips, taking the Tallawahs to 22 without off four overs.
Rashid Khan conceded a boundary apiece to Blackwood and Glenn Phillips in an over that went for 11. Blackwood used his feet well to hit Bishop over long-on for the game’s first six, and the Tallawahs completed a good powerplay at 44 without loss.
Ashley Nurse dropped a slip catch off Hayden Walsh Jr, reprieving Phillips on 14, but that luck lasted only three balls as Keon Harding, on CPL debut, took a fine catch running in from the cover boundary to dismiss the batsman for 17. The Tallawahs had lost a little momentum to be 69 for one at the halfway stage.
Rashid’s over went for just two, but Blackwood hit Harding’s first ball for six to bring up his first CPL 50. He uppercut a four in the same over and a six off Walsh, and while Asif Ali fell for five cutting Walsh to end another scratchy innings, that brought in Russell with time to bat.
Holder brought himself on, and was unlucky to see a Russell edge clear the keeper for four. There was no fortune in Russell’s pair of monstrous sixes off Walsh, and the Tallwahs surged to 112 for two off 15 overs.
Santner bowled well to Russell, whose only boundary came via a misfield, and though Blackwood squeezed a four through point, Holder bowled him round his legs next ball. Blackwood hit five fours and four sixes i in his topscore of 74. Russell smashed another six to finish the over, and the Tallawahs were well set at 133 for three off 17 overs.
Rashid returned for the death, and though Russell didn’t middle a pull he still got four. He absolutely middled it into the top tier two balls later, but Rashid was desperately unlucky next ball, a googly hitting the stumps and lighting up the bails but not knocking them off.
Russell inside-edged past the stumps off Holder, and entering the last over the Tallawahs were 153 for three. Russell nearly cleared the roof to bring up his 50 off just 26 balls, but Rashid finally got his man, Russell stumped by yards. Russell had four fours and five sixes in his 54.
The promotion of Blackwood and Russell had got the Tallawahs to their highest total of CPL 2020.
Chasing a victory target of 162, the Tridents lost a wicket in the first over. The recalled Oshane Thomas was too quick for Johnson Charles and bowled him for a duck off the inside edge, but the first over went for 17 including four wides and two fours by Jonathan Carter, who was promoted to open.
Left-arm seamer Preston McSween, on CPL debut, also struck in his first over, bowling Shamarh Brooks with a beauty that swung and seamed back in. Brooks went for five.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s first over went for six, and where McScween’s first over was excellent, his second was poor. Holder started with a lovely six over long-on, and took four more fours off it to take the Tridents to 50 for two off four overs. Thomas and Carlos Brathwaite bowled tidily, but the Tridents finished the powerplay at 61 for two, their best of the tournament.
Mujeeb beat Holder on both edges, and the Tridents captain was lucky to bottom-edge between Phillips’ legs for four. Holder smashed a Brathwaite full toss for six to bring up his 50 off just 28 balls, and he and Carter worked Sandeep Lamichhane’s first over around for nine, but Thomas returned and went for just two. At the halfway stage, the Tridents were 88 for two.
Lamichhane beat Holder with a googly that somehow missed leg-stump in an over that went for only three. Holder bookended Mujeeb’s over with a six and a four, but when Lamichhane trapped Holder LBW with a googly the Tallawahs had a chance to re-assert themselves. After 13 overs, the Tridents were 108 for three.
McSween returned but bowled a couple of wides and allowed Carter to hit two fours. Santner showed why he’d been promoted to five with a glorious straight six off Lamichhane, whose last over went for 10. Brathwaite’s over was tight, just three coming off it, and the Tridents entered the last four overs at 134 for three, needing seven an over.
Santner steered Thomas square for four, and the equation dropped below a run a ball with a lucky edge past the stumps. Mujeeb’s final over seemed the last hope for the Tallawahs, but it was well negotiated for 10, and for the third game running the Afghan had gone wicketless.
Santner hit a four and a six, and despite Carter’s sluggish knock, the game was won with time to spare. With tactical changes seeing the Tridents record the highest successful chase of CPL 2020, they were left wondering what might have been.
The Tallawahs, meanwhile, will need to find some form on Sunday against the St Lucia Zouks before they face the formidable Knight Riders in the semis.
Barbados Tridents 165/3 (J Holder 69, Carter 42*, Santner 35*; Lamichhane 1/26, Thomas 1/36, McSween 1/39).
Jamaica Tallawahs 161/4 (Blackwood 74, Russell 54, Phillips 17; Bishop 1/30, Rashid 1/32, Walsh 1/34, J Holder 1/38).
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