Barbados Tridents made it two wins in as many matches when they defeated the Jamaica Tallawahs by 16 runs in their Hero Caribbean Premier League clash at Kensington Oval tonight.
For the second consecutive match captain Kieron Pollard called correctly and took first knock with Tridents scoring 161 for 4 in their 20 overs. In response the Tallawahs were restricted to 145 for 9.
Dwayne Smith and Dilshan Munaweera opened the batting for the Tridents against the left-arm swing of Krishmar Santokie and left-arm orthodox spin of Kiwi Daniel Vettori. Smith and his Sri Lankan partner got the Tridents off to a positive start, adding in overs.
After Santokie’s first over went for seven and Vettori’s for five, the batsmen picked up momentum in the third over which went for 10. Smith smashed Santokie through mid-wicket for a boundary and when the Jamaican dropped short Munaweera dispatched him over square-leg for another boundary.
Vettori’s second over went for 11 with Smith cutting through point for four and then lofting over cover for a superb six. The two brought up their 50-run partnership in the seventh over bowled by pacer Jerome Taylor who had replaced Santokie after two overs. The South Arican medum-pacer Rusty Theron had replaced Vettori from the other end. The introduction of left-arm spinner Nikita Miller saw a drop in the Tridents’ momentum as his first over went for just four runs.
Theron switched ends with Taylor and off the fourth ball of the ninth over the Tallawahs’ pressure paid dividends when Munaweera tried to pull him but found the safe hands of Andre Russell at deep square leg and he was back in the dug-out for 24 with the Tridents on 56 for 1 in an over that went for just two runs.
The Tallawahs kept up the pressure as Russell came into the attack with an over that yielded only four runs. Smith had failed to score a boundary for five overs when the drinks-break came at the half-way mark with Shoaib Malik now his partner and the score 62 for 1 and in need of impetus.
Smith signalled his intentions on resumption when Santokie was hammered over square-leg for six and the next ball was square driven for a boundary. Malik took the cue from Smith in the next over from Miller and dispatched him over cover with a sublime shot for six.
However, the Tridents never got the big overs they wanted as Theron in particular with figures of 1 for 19 in his four overs bowled brilliantly.
Smith’s fifty came up in the 14th over off 44 balls with four boundaries and two sixes. He was eventually bowled for 56 by Russell in the 17th over with the Tridents 116 for 2 and the innings in dire need of a move on.
Malik struck Russell for a six but then lost captain Pollard who had replaced Smith when the big Trinidadian was caught by Theron off Santokie’s slower ball at wide long-on. Pollard was replaced by Jonathan Carter and he spoiled the 18th over for the Tallawahs by striking two sixes over long-on.
Carter struck Taylor for a boundary in the penultimate over but was then caught by Russell at long-off for a five-ball 17 that gave the innings a charge. Jason Holder, who replaced Carter, struck his first ball over mid-wicket for six. But neither he nor Malik who finished with a 29-ball 43 inclusive of three sixes, could get after the final over bowled by Russell that went for only six runs.
In response Jamaica Tallawahs got off to a relatively solid start with Chadwick Walton being the aggressor of the two openers as Chris Gayle played himself in.
But in the sixth over bowed by medium-pacer Rayad Emrit and the score on 38 the Tridents got a massive wicket when Gayle essayed a big drive but could only sky the ball to cover where Holder took a good catch to send the big Jamaican back for nine.
He was replaced by Queenslander Chris Lynn who immediately deposited Holder over point for six. But in the eighth over of the game bowled by South African left-arm spinner Robin Petersen the Tallawahs suffered a double blow.
Walton slogged at a ball tossed up on off-stump that drifted in with the angle, he missed and Petersen struck, bowling the opener for 23. Two balls later, Carter who had given away four byes earlier, effected a smart piece of stumping as Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene went for a shot over cover, missed, overbalanced and was stumped for a duck.
The Tallawahs reached the halfway stage on 71 with a better run-rate than the Tridents but with three wickets down. Lynn and Horace Miller, who came together at 50 for 3, then set about rebuilding the innings in a swift 51-run partnership.
Lynn struck a brace of boundaries and sixes before off the second ball of the 14th over bowled by Petersen he came down the wicket and mistimed a heave and was caught by substitute Kyle Corbin for 37.
With the Tallawahs still ahead on scoring rate, Pollard struck in the next over when Corbin took another catch, this time Vettori deceived by a slower delivery which he hit to mid-on with score 103 for 5.
Russell hit two boundaries to narrow the equation but in Rampaul’s third over and the 17th of the innings he had Russell caught by Pollard at long-on for 12 with the score 118 for 6.
Three overs to go and the Tallawahs needed 43 runs with Miller somewhat becalmed on 26 off 23 balls and Theron as his partner.
Pollard bowled the 18th over and after being hit for a boundary by Miller, the skipper had him caught by Navin Stewart at deep backward square leg for a 25-ball 30 with two boundaries and a six. The over conceded eight runs and left the Tallawahs needing 35 runs in 12 balls.
Rampaul bowled the penultimate over and accounted for Theron for 4 while conceding only six runs.
The twenty-nine runs requirement in the final over bowled by Emrit was a mountain too high for Taylor and Santokie and they didn’t climb it. Two monstrous sixes by Santokie before Emrit had him caught at the wicket was the Tallawahs final salvo. Petersen’s 3 for 26 in his four overs earned him the Man-of-the-Match award.