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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  • ESPN on August 25, 2013, 4:44 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • michael 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.

  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2013, 13:39 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2013, 13:31 GMT

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

  • Chatty 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!

  • ARIF 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 ?

  • Kumara 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.

  • Steve 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.

  • Dummy4 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 .