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Russell blitz takes Tallawahs into finals
When Danza Hyatt left for 12, Jamaica in pursuit of 149 runs for victory, were in a sticky position at 117 for three but Andre Russell brutalised the Tridents bowling that left eleven men and 10,000 fans dumbfounded, as he took his team home by seven wickets and into the championship match of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20 series. Batting first the Tridents recovered after a poor start to post 148 for six off their 20 overs with Pakistani Shoaib Malik scoring 49. Jamaica lost the big wicket of Chris Gayle early in their reply and this would have given Keiron Pollard and his men real optimism. However, new import Kumar Sangakkara and the fortright Chadwick Walton batted them out the match in a second wicket partnership that was worth 71 runs.
Walton fell for 45 off 40 balls and then Hyatt followed him at 117. At this point the Tridents were hoping to make a comeback with the Tallawahs needing 32 from 20 balls. However, Russell crushed their ambitions in the 19th over with a thrilling display of shot-making as he plundered three big sixes off former Pakistani all-rounder Azhar Mahmood. When the victory came Russell was unbeaten on 29 off just six deliveries. With him was Sangakkara the man of the match remained unbeaten on 50 off 38 balls. Earlier, the Tridents recovered from a poor start to post their challenging score.
The early loss of Dwayne Smith (1) and pinch hitter Jason Holder (5) put the Tallawahs ahead and it took a rearguard partnership of 102 runs between Raymond Reifer and Shoaib Malik for the third wicket that changed the course of the innings. Malik was polished, while Reifer struggled a bit but kept the scoreboard ticking. The left hander fell for 36 off 43 balls, going via the run out route with the score at 108. Malik fell soon after, just one run short of a well deserved half century. Gayle sent back the Pakistani via a catch on the long on boundary as the right hander faced 47 balls hitting one four and three sixes. Keiron Pollard (13 off five balls), Azhar Mahmood (14 off seven balls) and Kyle Mayers 12 (off six balls) beefed up the total in the end with some lusty blows.
Tridents vs Tallawahs
D Smith lbw Bernard 1
R Reifer run out 36
J Holder c Baugh b Philander 5
S Malik c Walton b Gayle 49
K Pollard run out 13
A Mahmood c Gayle b Philander 14
K Mayers not out 12
Extras lb10, w8 18
Total 6 wkts (20ovs) 148
Fall of wkts: 1, 6, 108, 108, 133, 148.
Bowling: V Philander 4-0-28-2, D Bernard 4-0-21-1, A Russell 3-0-31-0, M Muralitharan 3-0-26-0, N Miller 3-0-18-0, C Gayle 3-0-14-1.
Jamaica Tallawahs inns
CAK Walton run out 45
CH Gayle c Pollard b Azhar Mahmood 3
K Sangakkara not out 50
D Hyatt c Pollard b Azhar Mahmood 12
A Russell not out 29
Extras (b 4, lb 4, w 5) 13
Total (3 wkts off 18.3 overs) 152
Did not bat—J Blackwood, CS Baugh†, DE Bernard, VD Philander, NO Miller, M Muralitharan
Fall of wickets: 16, 87, 117.
Bowling: Shoaib Malik 2-0-19-0, Azhar Mahmood 3.3-0-37-2, J Holder 3-0-22-0, R. Emrit 2-0-19-0, Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-8-0, K Pollard 4-0-22-0, A Nurse 3-0-17-0.
RESULT: Jamaica Tallawahs won by 7 wkts and qualify for final.
Man-Of-The-Match: Kumar Sangakarra (Tallawahs)
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