ST Lucia Stars 172 (20 Overs)
Watson 80, Fletcher 20
Mathurin 2/26, Santokie 2/33
Jamaica Tallawahs 176(19 OVERS)
Sangakkara*74 (45), McCarthy36 (32), Mahmudullah 1*
Mayers 1/20 (2.0), Cornwall 1/20
Jamaica Tallawahs Won by 6 Wickets
Player Of The Match: Kumar Sangakkara
Bangladesh’s majestic middle order batsman, Mahmudullah Riyad has played his first match in Caribbean Premier League (CPL) today and his team Jamaica Tallawahs had a convincing win in that.
After winning the toss at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, Kumar Sangakkara sent ST Lucia Stars to bat first. Jamaica Tallawahs started bowling well from very beginning but that was not enough to stop Stars from getting a big total.
Shane Watson’s first half-century in 25 innings, 80 off 45 balls with seven sixes and three fours, guided ST Lucia Stars to get a huge total of 172 runs on the board.
But the total looked really easy to chase as Kumar Sangakkara secured yet another half-century – 74 off 45 balls at a strike-rate of 164. His innings wasn’t about brute force. It was about how he only allowed 13 of the deliveries he faced to be dots.
It was about how he pre-empted the bowlers’ plans, like when he walked across the crease to be in the perfect place to send back of a length slower balls over short fine leg. Bangladesh’s Mahmudullah got only 1 ball to bat and scored one run.
Jamaica Tallawahs: Glenn Phillips, Lendl Simmons, Kumar Sangakkara (c & wk), Jonathan Foo, Mahmudullah, Rovman Powell, Andre McCarthy, Garey Mathurin, Krishmar Santokie, Kesrick Williams, Mohammad Sami.
St Lucia Stars: Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher (wk), Shane Watson (c), Marlon Samuels, Sunil Ambris, Darren Sammy, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kyle Mayers, Shane Shillingford, Jerome Taylor, Obed McCoy.