Mujeeb, Bonner shine as Tallawahs keep away from acquainted slip-up


Jamaica Tallawahs had been right here earlier than solely two nights in the past. Chasing a low Guyana complete on a equally gradual floor, they’d hit the self-destruct button. Their fingers hovered over it as soon as extra as they slipped to 62/5 chasing 108. Nkrumah Bonner and Andre Russell then mixed to make sure there was to be no repeat, a gentle 51-run stand giving Jamaica their second win of CPL 2020.

The Jamaica-Guyana rematch had a brand new setting however this recreation on the Queens Park Oval performed out to the identical beats as the primary leg on the Brian Lara Stadium. Jamaica gained the toss and bowled and left their opponents in a knot with their spinners. The tone, nonetheless, was set by a fast. Fidel Edwards (Three for 20) cleaned up Brandon King with the primary ball of the sport, paving the best way for Mujeeb Ur Rahman to run riot.

The Afghan spinner’s selection offered an excessive amount of for Guyana to deal with on a notoriously spiteful pitch tailored for him. Mujeeb trapped Shimron Hetmyer plumb in entrance of the stumps after which bowled a maiden at Anthony Bramble, softening him up for Edwards to take him out. By the tip of the PowerPlay, Guyana had crawled their solution to 30 for 3, with solely a Ross Taylor six giving the scoring charge a sudden, solitary jolt.

Common service resumed quickly after as Mujeeb bowled Nicholas Pooran whereas the spectacular Sandeep Lamichhane (1 for 12) took out Sherfane Rutherford. At 63 for 7 within the 15th over, Guyana regarded destined to fold beneath 100 just for a Naveen-ul-Haq cameo of a run-a-ball 20 taking them to 108.

The onus was now on their spinners to make a fist out of this recreation. However the place the Guyana innings started with a wicket, the Tallawahs opener Glenn Phillips thrashed the primary ball for a boundary. Imran Tahir bowled Chadwick Walton with a googly however new man Jermaine Blackwood, taking part in his first CPL recreation in 5 years, marked the event with a first-ball 4.

Phillips, who made a vital 18-ball 26, fell to Naveen-ul-Haq, however by then the Tallawahs had progressed serenely to 40 within the PowerPlay, with the required charge falling beneath 5 runs to the over. Asif Ali, promoted up the order, to maintain the scoring charge going perished to Keemo Paul whereas Rovman Powell was snapped by Ashmead Nedd. When the well-set Blackwood was dismissed for 23, a well-recognized sense of unease descended on the Jamaica dugout.

Russell’s arrival introduced Tahir again into the assault and given the fragile match state of affairs, the Tallawahs all-rounder determined towards taking any dangers. The equation lowered to 37 off 42 after which over a run-a-ball with 5 overs to go. It was at this level that Jamaica claimed management of the chase. Russell despatched Tahir into the roof and smashed one other six off Paul. In contrast to two nights in the past, he did not need to do all of the scoring by himself, with Bonner bringing the much-needed calm on the different finish to shut the chase with two overs to spare.

Transient scores: Guyana Amazon Warriors 108/9 in 20 overs (Ross Taylor 25; Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3-11, Fidel Edwards 3-30) misplaced to Jamaica Tallawahs 113/5 in 18 overs (Nkrumah Bonner 30*; Naveen-ul-Haq 2-35) by 5 wickets

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