Jamaica Tallawahs VS Trinbago Knight Riders
Match 7 (August 9th)
Action continued at the Queen’s Park Oval, this was to be an interesting encounter. Defending champions Tallawahs taking on the Knight Riders, this was a remarkable game.
After losing the toss, Knight Riders were sent into bat, openers Sunil Narine and Brendon McCullum got off to a pretty quick start. Kesrick Williams claimed the wicket of both openers, Knight Riders batting 2-52 by the start of the 5th overs. Darren Bravo and Colin Munro continued destroying the Tallawahs bowlers scoring at a rapid rate. This pair was just incredible to watch reaching 100 by the 10th over.
After the half mark break the Tallawahs came back with a different approach and demolished the remaining wickets of the Knight Riders. Knight Riders lost their remaining 8 wickets for 38 runs. Kesrick Williams and Odean Smith ripped through the batting line up, Knight Riders 147 all out (19.5 overs). Williams and Smith both claimed three wickets each.
Captain Kumar Sangakkara final got going with the bat in this match as he and fellow opener Lendl Simmons built a strong momentum at the start of the run chase. Spinner Shadab Khan got the breakthrough in the 6th over for the Knight Riders, bowling Simmons who departed on 38 inclusive of 4 4s and 3 6s. Three runs later McCarthy was given out via lbw, bowling Sunil Narine, Tallawahs 2-64 (6.2 overs). Although losing 4 more wickets in the innings the Tallawahs went on to win the game in 19.2 overs, Sangakkara top scoring with 47 runs from 41 balls.
Barbados Tridents VS St.Lucia Stars
Match 8 (August 10th)
With the CPL shifting back to St.Lucia for this game, unfortunately it was a rain affected game where the result had to be decided via the D/L Method. This match was one, if not the best for the tournament thus far, as the highest total was posted for the season thus far in this match.
Barbados decided to bat first, openers Dwayne Smith and Kane Williamson got off to a flying start, hammering the Stars bowlers. The Tridents were scoring in boundaries and maximums, amazing to watch. With the combination of bowler Kyle Mayers and Jesse Ryder, got the breakthrough for the Stars dismissing Dwayne Smith who made 36 at the start of the 10th over. Same over success came once again for the Stars as Shoaib Malik clipped one to Ryder with the bowling of Mayers.
In walked in captain Pollard and boy oh boy what a show he displayed. He made those shot look so easy. Pollard lead his team to the highest team score for the tournament thus far, blasting 83 runs from 35 balls, including 5 4s and 6 6s. Tridents ended on a massive 196-4 after the 20 overs.
With a huge total to chase down openers Andre Fletcher and Johnson Charles started very quick but just couldn’t continue. The St.Lucia Stars are really struggling in the batting department this year, hopefully they can improve for the remaining of the tournament. South Africa’s Wayne Parnell (3-28 from 3 overs) and Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz (2-27 from 2.2 overs) crippled the top and middle order. By the 9th over, Stars scorecard look like this, 6-64, they needed a miracle to pull off a win. Coming in at number 7 captain of the Stars Darren Sammy came in, this man played like he wanted to win the came for his team. Sammy made 60 runs from 29 balls, including 5 sixes and 5 fours. Unfortunately, the sky opened and rain started pouring onto the pitch, play was abandoned and the Tridents won by 21 runs D/L Method.