Barbados Tridents (161-4) beat Jamaica Tallawahs (145-9) by 16 runs

The Barbados Tridents made it two wins from two in defence of their Hero Caribbean Premier League title in front of a packed home crowd at the Kensington Oval. The Appleton Estate Jamaica Tallawahs struggled to keep up with the rate chasing 162 to win as Robin Peterson proved to be a match winning wicket taker for the second time in two matches. This victory leaves the Tridents sitting pretty at the top of the table at this early stage in the tournament.

The Tridents got off to a steady start as they made it to 48 without loss off their six over Powerplay. Both Dwayne Smith and Dilshan Munaweera were untroubled by the Tallawahs attack which bowled too many bad balls to release the pressure on the opposition opening pair. It was Smith that took the role of aggressor, hitting seven boundaries including two sixes in his innings of 56. Munaweera on the other hand was much more happy to look for singles and give his partner the strike.

It took the introduction of the bowling of Nikita Miller to build some pressure when his excellent first over went for just four runs. In the very next over Rusty Theron picked up the first scalp for Jamaica when he had Munaweera caught on the mid-wicket boundary for 24 off 25 balls.

The run rate continued to drop, and having been going at eight runs an over in the Powerplay, by the halfway stage of their innings the Tridents rate was down to a run a ball. They had wickets in hand but needed to accelerate to set a defendable total.

Smith showed his intention to press on in the 11th over when he struck Krishmar Santokie for 13 runs in just four balls but he never really found his best shot making in this innings. Between them Smith and Shoaib Malik discovered some of the impetus that was lost putting on a partnership of 60 runs in just 48 balls.

Theron was fantastic throughout the middle overs, conceding just 19 runs off his full allocation and picking the important wicket of Munaweera. However, it was Andre Russell that finally dismissed Smith who couldn’t keep out a yorker. While Smith’s 56 runs were valuable they came off 53 balls leaving a lot to do at the death to push the score past 150.

Kieron Pollard, man of the match in the first game of the tournament, couldn’t reproduce his form in this one. He was brilliantly caught in the deep by Theron who dived at full length to dismiss the Tridents captain for just five.

Shoaib Malik stuck around to make 42 off 28 deliveries while some excellent late order hitting from Jonathan Carter and West Indies limited overs captain Jason Holder took the Tridents to a respectable total of 161-4.

Chris Gayle and Chadwick Walton took their time to get themselves set. As ever Gayle was circumspect early on, backing himself to accelerate once he was in. As the leading run scorer in the history of Twenty20 cricket the approach is one that tends to work. This time it didn’t, when Gayle tried to cut loose he skewed a high catch off Rayad Emrit that was well taken by Holder. Gayle made nine runs off 15 balls.

The introduction of Robin Peterson into the attack brought wickets yet again as Walton was dismissed when he missed a ball that drifted into his pads that bowled him. Just two balls later Mahela Jayawardene was out stumped to a ball that turned past his outside edge.

As the wickets fell the required rate went up, but Australian Chris Lynn managed to keep the target within sight with some proactive running and aggressive stroke play. In combination with Horace Miller he put on 51 runs in 35 balls as the two batsmen ran brilliantly between the wickets.

Just as Lynn looked like he was going to get his side home Peterson picked up another wicket, his sixth of the tournament, to leave the Tallawahs needing 10 an over with their top four batsman back in the shed.

When Andre Russell smashed Ravi Rampaul straight into the waiting hands of Pollard it left the Tallawahs needing a miracle performance from Horace Miller who was playing just his fifth T20 match. Miller managed to make it to 30 before he fell going for one big shot too many, his highest score in this format of the game.

In the end the Tridents won by 16 runs in a game that had looked to be quite tight for most of the contest.

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