Jamaica v Barbados, 2nd semi-final, CPL, Port-of-Spain August 23, 2013

Sangakkara, Russell power Jamaica into final

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Jamaica Tallawahs 152 for 3 (Sangakkara 50*, Walton 45, Russell 29*) beat Barbados Tridents 148 for 6 (Malik 49, Reifer 36, Philander 2-28) by seven wickets
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A controlled chase, followed by a merciless onslaught from Andre Russell, helped Jamaica Tallawahs beat Barbados Tridents by seven wickets in the second semi-final of the Caribbean Premier League. They will now play Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final on Saturday.

Kumar Sangakkara, playing his first game for Jamaica, anchored the 149-run chase with a measured 50 not out, after the side lost captain Chris Gayle in the fourth over with just 16 runs on the board. The Sri Lanka batsman was involved in two crucial partnerships - the first a 71-run, second-wicket stand with Chadwick Walton, followed by a 30-run stand with Danza Hyatt, where Sangakkara kept pace with the scoring rate, even as his partner struggled to an 18-ball 12.

Hyatt brought his labored innings to an end with a heave to long on into the hands of Barbados captain, Kieron Pollard. That brought Andre Russell to the crease. Jamaica needed 32 from 20 and the bowling side had an even chance of winning the game. What followed, however, was pure mayhem from Barbados' point of view.

Sangakkara and Russell needed just 11 balls to race past the target. Russell faced six of those and, in a fearsome batting display, ended up scoring 4, 1, 6, 6, 6, 6 off the six deliveries.

Earlier, Barbados, who were put in to bat, put together a challenging total in spite of an indifferent start. David Bernard had Dwayne Smith trapped leg before at the start of the second over and Vernon Philander dismissed Jason Holder, promoted to No. 3, in the next over.

Raymon Reifer and Shoaib Malik then added 102 runs for the third wicket, the first hundred-run stand in the CPL. Malik used his feet to play Jamaica's spinners, stepping down the track to hit two sixes off Muttiah Muralitharan and Nikita Miller early on. Reifer, who had a slow start, gained confidence gradually and began playing his shots. The pair, however, were out off successive deliveries in the 17th over, bowled by Chris Gayle.

Kieron Pollard and Azhar Mahmood hit some quick runs towards the end to help Barbados post a challenging total of 148 for 6.

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  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | August 24, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Andre Russell's hand eye coordination reactions and power are crazy! I've never seen anyone with batspeed as fast as he has ! he has all the raw ingredients and then some to become a deadly batsman in all formats if he puts in time to sharpen his technique and defence. I think he should really focus on batting become more of batsman that can bowl if you need him or just batsman full time kinda mirroring Shane Watson who was originally a bowling all rounder.

    Anyway What a great game Chadwick Walton was also outstanding I was real happy to see him included a few games back and he hasn't disappointed keep serious I-PL on that guy! was unlucky way to get out but boy he can strike the ball ! Sanga was sublime all the calm and class that was needed to give the confidence for Walton and Russell to do their thing after Gayles early departure class act ! Overall another good CPL game great atmosphere too considering neutral location and the home side being comprehensively knocked out night b4

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 25, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Sanga is class player in Sri Lanka .we are proud him.well done sanga.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    Pollard throwdown to Walton was the low point of the match. This negative attitude from a skipper is not good for the rest of the team and it shows with a crucial mis-stump and a simple drop catch, and yeah umpires will never go in your favour when you are show-boating, hence marginal calls against Tridents.

  • POSTED BY mngc1 on | August 24, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    @borhan. Shakib bowled a poor over with 8 runs and 2 leg byes off of it. Pollard made the changes that created chances but poor fielding let the side down. Walton was dropped at 0 (made 45 off 40) and Sanga was not stumped at 32. 2 poor umpiring decisions were both in Tallawahs' favour. Good fight by Tridents after 3 losses straight. Russell is back to his hard hitting form. I expect a good match tonight with the best bowling attack against the hardest hitting side.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    well done sanga..........

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    I am sure Russell batting would have electrified the stadium! Much like Gayle while in Bangalore.

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | August 24, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    If Jamaica wins the championship, won't they represent the WI in the champion's league? That would create a bit of a bother for Sanga. All three teams he has played for in T20 leagues would have gone through to the finals: His IPL team, Hyderabad, his SL team - Kandurata, and potentially, Jamaica. On another note, as a Sri Lankan, I am glad to see our players making their mark in this tournament. Great stuff!

  • POSTED BY unlocker on | August 24, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Can someone suggest me in cpl final which teams win possibility is big....last 6-8 games I lost my money .but today I want to change my luck .so need some help from cricket expert pls suggest me who can win ?

  • POSTED BY RuwanFer on | August 24, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    @Blade-Runner I don't think your assessment about performances is correct. Sanga was struggling in the latter half of the innings. Jamaica could have lost the match if not for the Russel's knock. So it's not just a cameo to speed up an inevitable victory. Don't be hesitant to give credits where it's due.

    Anyway looking forward to the battles of Dilshan-Murali and Sanga-Malinga.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | August 24, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Tridents have only themselves to blame for their loss after putting up what looked like a winning total, being the SF. They dropped couple of sitters and a fairly easy stumping after getting Gayle very early. Tallawahs middle order was weak after Sanga. If Sanga got out early (he was given at least 2 chances), I think Tridents would have won. Also, Russel could throw his bat around merrily at the end since Sanga was the crease.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | August 24, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Andre Russell's hand eye coordination reactions and power are crazy! I've never seen anyone with batspeed as fast as he has ! he has all the raw ingredients and then some to become a deadly batsman in all formats if he puts in time to sharpen his technique and defence. I think he should really focus on batting become more of batsman that can bowl if you need him or just batsman full time kinda mirroring Shane Watson who was originally a bowling all rounder.

    Anyway What a great game Chadwick Walton was also outstanding I was real happy to see him included a few games back and he hasn't disappointed keep serious I-PL on that guy! was unlucky way to get out but boy he can strike the ball ! Sanga was sublime all the calm and class that was needed to give the confidence for Walton and Russell to do their thing after Gayles early departure class act ! Overall another good CPL game great atmosphere too considering neutral location and the home side being comprehensively knocked out night b4

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 25, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Sanga is class player in Sri Lanka .we are proud him.well done sanga.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    Pollard throwdown to Walton was the low point of the match. This negative attitude from a skipper is not good for the rest of the team and it shows with a crucial mis-stump and a simple drop catch, and yeah umpires will never go in your favour when you are show-boating, hence marginal calls against Tridents.

  • POSTED BY mngc1 on | August 24, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    @borhan. Shakib bowled a poor over with 8 runs and 2 leg byes off of it. Pollard made the changes that created chances but poor fielding let the side down. Walton was dropped at 0 (made 45 off 40) and Sanga was not stumped at 32. 2 poor umpiring decisions were both in Tallawahs' favour. Good fight by Tridents after 3 losses straight. Russell is back to his hard hitting form. I expect a good match tonight with the best bowling attack against the hardest hitting side.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    well done sanga..........

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    I am sure Russell batting would have electrified the stadium! Much like Gayle while in Bangalore.

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | August 24, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    If Jamaica wins the championship, won't they represent the WI in the champion's league? That would create a bit of a bother for Sanga. All three teams he has played for in T20 leagues would have gone through to the finals: His IPL team, Hyderabad, his SL team - Kandurata, and potentially, Jamaica. On another note, as a Sri Lankan, I am glad to see our players making their mark in this tournament. Great stuff!

  • POSTED BY unlocker on | August 24, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Can someone suggest me in cpl final which teams win possibility is big....last 6-8 games I lost my money .but today I want to change my luck .so need some help from cricket expert pls suggest me who can win ?

  • POSTED BY RuwanFer on | August 24, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    @Blade-Runner I don't think your assessment about performances is correct. Sanga was struggling in the latter half of the innings. Jamaica could have lost the match if not for the Russel's knock. So it's not just a cameo to speed up an inevitable victory. Don't be hesitant to give credits where it's due.

    Anyway looking forward to the battles of Dilshan-Murali and Sanga-Malinga.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | August 24, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Tridents have only themselves to blame for their loss after putting up what looked like a winning total, being the SF. They dropped couple of sitters and a fairly easy stumping after getting Gayle very early. Tallawahs middle order was weak after Sanga. If Sanga got out early (he was given at least 2 chances), I think Tridents would have won. Also, Russel could throw his bat around merrily at the end since Sanga was the crease.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    From the time I heard that SANGA is coming , I said good, this man is a run machine and will do very well in the Caribbean . Murli still look good and doing his thing . The competition brought to light a few faces that will fit into the WI squad very soon . In this day and age we need the full "technology" to help the umpires . Too many errors from these guys .

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | August 24, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Two in two just show the value of Lankan stars.Wonderful innings by Sanga & Dilshan on the other day. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Sanga once again showed his class. T 20 is not always throwing the bat with power. Russel could hammer thanks to Sanga's class batting. Proud to see four of Srilankas greats in the final.

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Sakib is the Key Wicket taker of Barbados Tridents but he got only one over of the match..thats makes] the difference

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 24, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    why srilankana score runs only against weaker attacks and in their own backyard.......not so long ago in IPL 6 both sanga and dilly were struggling to make to playing 11 of their respective talents. ..

  • POSTED BY sachinisawesome on | August 24, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Well both teams have sri lankan players. So finally there will be a sri lankan player who will be in a team which will win the final :P

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    First of all Russell is NOT that consistent. true he is having a magical run in this contest but overall his stats show that he is not a great or consistent performer. Sangakkara came through for the Tallawahs in this match as did another "legend", Dilshan ( to a certain extent ) for Guyana but another "legend" Jayawardene has had two matches with the red steel and failed to make an impression in either. On the face of it the Red Steel could be considered the "weakest" of the four semi-final teams having lost some of the "lesser" international players in their roster. The Red Steel franchise holders had better try to recruit some stronger internationals for the next tourney if the expect the name Trinidad and Tobago to continue to be associated with T20 dominance in the Caribbean.

  • POSTED BY amilag on | August 24, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    God Sanga did it again. What a amazing player Sanga is? In two semis, two man of the match are from Sri Lanka. SL has produced brilliant talents to the world of cricket ..Hats off to Sri Lanka!

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | August 24, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Once again another legendary Sri Lankan made the difference between the two sides in another semi-final. Its was a brilliant knock from King Sanga to take his side to the final. Now its gonna be a battle btwn Dilshan/ Slinga and Sanga/Murali in the final :D Its an all-Sri Lankan affair now :P Russel also played a good cameo to speed up the inevitable Jamaican victory. The final btwn Jamaica n Guyana is gonna be a high scoring cracker.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | August 24, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Once again another legendary Sri Lankan made the difference between the two sides in another semi-final. Its was a brilliant knock from King Sanga to take his side to the final. Now its gonna be a battle btwn Dilshan/ Slinga and Sanga/Murali in the final :D Its an all-Sri Lankan affair now :P Russel also played a good cameo to speed up the inevitable Jamaican victory. The final btwn Jamaica n Guyana is gonna be a high scoring cracker.

  • POSTED BY amilag on | August 24, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    God Sanga did it again. What a amazing player Sanga is? In two semis, two man of the match are from Sri Lanka. SL has produced brilliant talents to the world of cricket ..Hats off to Sri Lanka!

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    First of all Russell is NOT that consistent. true he is having a magical run in this contest but overall his stats show that he is not a great or consistent performer. Sangakkara came through for the Tallawahs in this match as did another "legend", Dilshan ( to a certain extent ) for Guyana but another "legend" Jayawardene has had two matches with the red steel and failed to make an impression in either. On the face of it the Red Steel could be considered the "weakest" of the four semi-final teams having lost some of the "lesser" international players in their roster. The Red Steel franchise holders had better try to recruit some stronger internationals for the next tourney if the expect the name Trinidad and Tobago to continue to be associated with T20 dominance in the Caribbean.

  • POSTED BY sachinisawesome on | August 24, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Well both teams have sri lankan players. So finally there will be a sri lankan player who will be in a team which will win the final :P

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 24, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    why srilankana score runs only against weaker attacks and in their own backyard.......not so long ago in IPL 6 both sanga and dilly were struggling to make to playing 11 of their respective talents. ..

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Sakib is the Key Wicket taker of Barbados Tridents but he got only one over of the match..thats makes] the difference

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Sanga once again showed his class. T 20 is not always throwing the bat with power. Russel could hammer thanks to Sanga's class batting. Proud to see four of Srilankas greats in the final.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | August 24, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Two in two just show the value of Lankan stars.Wonderful innings by Sanga & Dilshan on the other day. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY on | August 24, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    From the time I heard that SANGA is coming , I said good, this man is a run machine and will do very well in the Caribbean . Murli still look good and doing his thing . The competition brought to light a few faces that will fit into the WI squad very soon . In this day and age we need the full "technology" to help the umpires . Too many errors from these guys .

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | August 24, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Tridents have only themselves to blame for their loss after putting up what looked like a winning total, being the SF. They dropped couple of sitters and a fairly easy stumping after getting Gayle very early. Tallawahs middle order was weak after Sanga. If Sanga got out early (he was given at least 2 chances), I think Tridents would have won. Also, Russel could throw his bat around merrily at the end since Sanga was the crease.