Jamaica Tallawahs defend 127 and claimed the second win of CPL 2019
Jamaica Tallawahs claimed their second Caribbean Premier League 2019 (CPL) win after successfully defending 127 to beat Barbados Tridents by five runs in a thriller at Kensington Oval on Monday. Chasing 128 to win, Tridents managed 122/9 in 20 overs as Jamaica Tallawahs claimed the second win of CPL 2019.
There seemed to be little hope for the Tallawah after a mostly disappointing effort with the bat, but tridents found the required index in the middle stage and, as the pressure grew, the wickets began to fall. Shamar Springer took 3/32 and Imran Khan on 19/3 as the Tallawah kept their slim CPL playoff hopes alive with an unlikely victory.
Alex Hales had a decisive run with a pair of sixes in the third over, but fell to Zahir Khan soon after, caught by Jade Dernbach, who dived to his right in the square leg. They were the only six to hit Trident until the 19th when their batting fell in front of The Tallawah bowling.
Justin Greaves and JP Duminy fell in quick succession to Imran Khan and Dwayne Smith, while Jonathan Carter (17) and Johnson Charles (31) did the same with Springer after their partnership seemed to have got things back on track.
At 78/5, the game was back on the scales, and Trident captain Jason Holder could not tilt him backward on his side when Imran Khan swept the air to be caught by goalkeeper Glenn Phillips.
Springer bounced Ashley Nurse before Roshon Primus passed over one of Imran Khan to be utterly perplexed when Tridents met 90/8 and looking at the barrel.
-Barbados Tridents collapsed-
There was still time for another turn, Raymon Reifer broke 26 of just 12 balls with two fours and two sixes to reduce the target of 30 massive two protrusions to six much more manageable than the last three balls. However, when he carved Dwayne Smith to Springer in in-depth coverage, the game ended when Tridents fell to an eighth consecutive home loss in the CPL.
For most of the night, that outcome had seemed so unlikely. Things started to go wrong for the Tallawahs as early as the second final of their innings when Chris Gayle interrupted to give Jason Holder the first of his two wickets.
Chadwick Walton caught magnificently in the landslide by a diving nurse in Sandeep Lamichhane, but at 51/2 in the eighth with Glenn Phillips well placed, the Tallawah not misplaced.
Five overs later, it was 78/7. George Worker sent JP Duminy to Alex Hales in the cover before a Dwayne Smith mistake chose Greaves to give Lamichhane the second wicket of a hugely impressive spell.
Reifer got the big wicket from Phillips, the 2019 CPL’s top scorer, behind, after hitting two fours on the previous three balls and looking increasingly safer in 41. However, it was an entry whose actual value would only become apparent much later in the evening.
Imran Khan fell to Holder in the same way, and Javelle Glen did a direct cover-drive to Duminy.
There was a kind of partnership between Springer and Ramaal Lewis before the trident’s new boy, skier Harry Gurney, covered. His first Tridents wicket awarded for an inventive and economical spell.
A brief but heavy rain forced a delay at the end of the innings, and Lewis emerged as a possessed man for what would turn out to be a vital result of nine final deliveries of Tallawah’s tickets. He hit two huge sixes on the ground in front of Reifer before carving on an extra deck for four more.
He fell trapped behind the penultimate inning ball by a crucial 27, and Zahir left without attempting a second run since the last one to leave the Tallawah 127 slam slams off altogether. Against the wind and tide, that would be enough.