Patriots defeat Jamaica Tallawahs to secure place in playoffs

After a disappointing finish at the hands of the Trinbago Knight Riders on Saturday night, the St. Kitts Nevis Patriots prevailed over the Jamaica Tallawahs in their second fixture to clinch a spot in the Hero T20 Caribbean Premier League playoffs. The combined assault of Chris Gayle and Rassie van der Dussen, harmonized by a damaging appearance by Mahmudullah, helped the home team to a dramatic seven-wicket win via the DLS Method at Warner Park. The win meant the Patriots officially eliminate the Barbados Tridents. Patriots were on fire at 65 for 1 in 6.3 overs, chasing 207, when rain sent the players off for a 30-minute delay.

Rainy weather ensured an hour’s delay to the start time as well, as the watchful eyes of the umpires made certain the pitch was fit for competition before commencement of the day’s proceedings.  Gayle decided to bowl first and was justified in this strategy as the target was revised to a very manageable 53 off the final 4.3 overs after resuming play. Despite losing Lewis and Cutting after golden ducks, (both in the first four balls after play restarted), Mahmudullah removed any doubt with 28* off 11 balls to end the match with five balls to spare.

In the opening innings, Jamaica smashed 206-6 from their 20 overs, thanks mainly to Rovman Powell’s 84 from 40 balls giving him his best total in this format. Powell came in to strike in the seventh over, trailing the loss of Johnson Charles and Kennar Lewis and wasted no time in tearing into the Patriots bowling unit. He ended the eighth over by lighting up Fabian Allen’s left-arm spin for six, four and six, and showed no signs of cease-fire after that spell. Cutting was the most effective of the home side’s bowlers, taking 2-29 from his four overs, including bowling Powell.

Gayle got the chase off to a fiery start by scorching 18 off the opening over from Krishmar Santokie. Tallawahs struck back in the first ball of the second, when Oshane Thomas cracked Evin Lewis stumps. Alas, all’s well that ends well for the Patriots as van der Dussen came in and stroked four boundaries to help take the hosts to 62 for 1 in the Powerplay. Following delay, Gayle drove the first ball from Santokie for six but fell two balls later to the same perhaps being too ambitious and lofting an easy catch. Adam Zampa was brought on in the eighth over and paid off immediately, lighting up the stumps to gift Cutting a golden duck. The Bangladesh allrounder Mahmudullah showed plenty of firepower when he and van der Dussen made 27 runs in the 9th over, meaning Patriots had slashed more than half the required runs in six balls. Van der Dussen was given man of the match honors for his brilliant display of 45* after 24 deliveries.

Patriots have nine points from nine matches and will play their fifth and final home; as well as their final game of the league phase against Barbados Tridents on September 4, at Warner Park.

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