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23rd Match (N), Kingston, Aug 25 2017, Caribbean Premier League
(19/20 ov, target 173)176/4
Tallawahs won by 6 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
74 (45)
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• The Report by Peter Della Penna

Sangakkara's 74* outclasses winless Stars

Jamaica Tallawahs' six-wicket win pushed them one victory away from their fifth consecutive playoffs berth

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Scores: Chandan Duorah
Comms: Alagappan Muthu
Scorecard summary
St Lucia Stars172/8(20 overs)
Jamaica Tallawahs176/4(19 overs)
end of over 1912 runs • 1 wicket
JT: 176/4CRR: 9.26 
Kumar Sangakkara74 (45)
Mahmudullah1 (1)
Kyle Mayers 2-0-20-1
Obed McCoy 3-0-29-0

That's all we have for you. Thanks for your company and hopefully you'll join us again as the tournament rolls on.

11.45 pm Sanga's the Man of the Match. He's firmed up the Tallawahs' third place, taking them to 10 points, six clear of the fourth placed Guyana Amazon Warriors.

"Just trying to keep my focus on the present, taking it ball by ball," he says. "I thought Phillips did well for us, Simmons did well up top. But Andree McCarthy has been outstanding for us, showing a lot of poise. Made it easy for me. But it was about breaking the game down, and keeping the run-rate under 10. I didn't want to leave the chase till late, but we got here because of our bowlers. We made it harder with dropped catches, but I thought Mathurin was brilliant. So was Cornwall, he turned the ball big

"Mathurin bowled a really good spell, and the key was getting Watson out. He was taking the game away from us with his fifty. The cathcing has been well below par, we've missed a lot of catches, a lot of teams have missed a lot of catches and the key is to keep focus and not let the mind wander. You can't think about the crowd, as a bowler, when you're not bowling, you have to think about the ball coming to you, and not about the next over"

"It was a good score on that wicket, it was a little slow and holding up a little bit," says Shane Watson. "Some positives for us though. McCoy was really good, his slower balls are brilliant. So was Cornwall, he's a great talent. Kyle Mayers is a quality allrounder and he's a super fielder too. A lot of catching doesn't come down to skill, it's about being alert. There's no question that the lighting is an issue, the lights are a little low so when the ball goes high it kind of pops out of nowhere"

11.40 pm So the Stars remain winless, and they only have themselves to blame, dropping so many catches. With such favours being doled out, Kumar Sangakkara secured yet another half-century - 74 off 45 balls at a strike-rate of 164. But this 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. It was an innings that screamed out his experience. And against that, the Stars faded.

Special mention to the pitch at Kingston. It was fast. It offered seam movement early on, then later grip to the spinners and slower balls. It fostered a contest and that's the best we can hope for. At the end of it, another fine innings today, Shane Watson's first half-century in 25 innings, 80 off 45 balls with seven sixes and three fours, ends up on the losing side.

18.6
4
Mayers to Sangakkara, FOUR runs

legcutter, smashes it over midwicket! That's a fine knock, and it leads a fine chase to completion

18.5
1
Mayers to Mahmudullah, 1 run

drives a full delivery to deep cover

Mahmudullah, the Bangladeshi batsman, on CPL debut.

18.4
W
Mayers to Powell, OUT

he slogs so hard, and so clumsily that the bat slips out of his hands and demolishes the stumps. Meanwhile, the ball, a slower one outside off, almost seems like a photobomber in the picture

Rovman Powell hit wicket b Mayers 9 (5b 0x4 1x6) SR: 180
18.3
1
Mayers to Sangakkara, 1 run

pulls the slower short ball out to deep square leg

18.2
Mayers to Sangakkara, no run

nearly plays on as he tries to cut a quicker ball, just outside off. Not enough room for such shenanigans

18.1
6
Mayers to Sangakkara, SIX runs

there's no one at deep square leg and he gets a length ball on the pads. Boy, oh boy, Stars you are fading. Sanga heaves it away and indulges in some glove love with his partner

Tallawahs need nine off 12 balls with Sanga still in. He's controlled this chase as cleverly as it needed to be. Fifty-seven runs off the last five overs, at the cost of only one wicket. Here's Mayers to see if the Stars can pull off a miracle

Ash: "No wonder the current W.I team in England dropped so much catches today as well, There are way too much catching errors in the domestic league"

end of over 1814 runs
JT: 164/3CRR: 9.11 RRR: 4.50
Kumar Sangakkara63 (41)
Rovman Powell9 (4)
Obed McCoy 3-0-29-0
Shane Watson 3-0-24-1
17.6
1
McCoy to Sangakkara, 1 run

length ball outside off, swings it out to deep square leg

17.5
1
McCoy to Powell, 1 run

full on off stump, Powell drills it to long-on

17.4
6
McCoy to Powell, SIX runs

gets the length to get under and smashes it over deep midwicket. Ferocious hit. Breaks the game does the man who has been compared to Andre Russell. Tallawahs need only 11 off 14 now

17.3
1lb
McCoy to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye

looks for the yorker on leg stump, Sanga tries a flick, doesn't connect, so he has to settle for a leg bye to short fine leg

17.2
4
McCoy to Sangakkara, FOUR runs

fine leg is inside the circle and the young left-arm quick strays onto the old pro's pads. Guess what happens next? A swivel pull off the front foot to the long leg boundary

17.1
1
McCoy to Powell, 1 run

pulls a full pace short ball to deep square leg

Wicket in the over, but Sanga's offset that with a super boundary. Tallawahs need 23 off 18 balls - that's nearly run-a-ball. Mayers to bowl, toweling it off furiously. Oh wait, he's taken his cap and moved away. Stars making rapid, last-minute decisions. And we are back with McCoy and his back of the hand slowies

end of over 1710 runs • 1 wicket
JT: 150/3CRR: 8.82 RRR: 7.66
Kumar Sangakkara58 (38)
Rovman Powell1 (1)
Shane Watson 3-0-24-1
Obed McCoy 2-0-16-0

Geetha: "Mathew: The problem is that they are not fined for bowling the no-ball, but the next one. They have already been punished with the extra run and the free hit, so double jeopardy already. And then when they get it right... "

16.6
Watson to Sangakkara, no run

full and outside off, taps it to point

16.5
6
Watson to Sangakkara, SIX runs

fine leg is up, so he walks across outside off, near the tram lines, which means though Watson follows him, Sanga still has the room he needs to lift it over short fine leg. Outstanding cricket. Not so bright from the bowler. Should have looked for a fuller length

16.4
2
Watson to Sangakkara, 2 runs

full and outside off, spears it through point, and the throw from Taylor is so wayward it lobs the keeper and goes to square leg! Mayers mops up with a direct hit at the bowlers' end, but Powell is well home

16.3
1
Watson to Powell, 1 run

back of a length on leg stump, Powell taps it towards midwicket

Matthew: "Geetha: It's not unfair. Bowlers should learn to not bowl no balls in the first place!"

16.2
1
Watson to Sangakkara, 1 run

gets to fifty, off 35 balls, with a controlled pull to deep square leg. His first of the tournament, and a valuable one too. His is the wicket Stars want. But he is not going to give it away

We've got a twist. We've got a game. And we've got Rovman Powell at the wicket. Eye-catching celebrations earlier tonight, leaping up and clicking his heels together. Can he give himself the chance to do it again. For now, its Sanga on strike, with the batsmen crossing

16.1
W
Watson to McCarthy, OUT

taken at cover! Excellent work from the star allrounder, and he's all smiles as he takes in some high-fives. Cramps McCarthy with a shortish delivery on middle and leg, the batsman swings anyway and only top-edges to his doom

Andre McCarthy c Samuels b Watson 36 (32b 1x4 3x6) SR: 112.5

Tallawahs need 33 off 24. The Stars need one little over to work. Watson takes on the job himself

end of over 167 runs
JT: 140/2CRR: 8.75 RRR: 8.25
Kumar Sangakkara49 (34)
Andre McCarthy36 (31)
Obed McCoy 2-0-16-0
Jerome Taylor 3-0-40-1
15.6
McCoy to Sangakkara, no run

back of a length, back of the hand slower ball. Sanga picks this early, waits ages, and then pulls intending to beat short fine leg, the only man in the vicinity, but he can't

15.5
McCoy to Sangakkara, no run

does him with the back-of-a-length slower ball as Sanga doesn't take his own advice, running down the pitch and losing his shape. He might have intended to hit this too straight, but the lack of pace makes him panic into a slog

Best performances - batters
Shane Watson player pic
SR Watson SLK
80 runs (45)
3 fours
7 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
slog shot
22 runs
1 four
3 sixes
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Kumar Sangakkara portrait
KC Sangakkara JT
74 runs (45)
9 fours
3 sixes
Control61%
Productive shot
cut shot
14 runs
3 fours
0 six
14620813184
Best performances - bowlers
Garey Mathurin, player portrait
GE Mathurin JT
O
4
M
0
R
26
W
2
ECO
6.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
Krishmar Santokie
K Santokie JT
O
4
M
0
R
33
W
2
ECO
8.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
TossJamaica Tallawahs, elected to field first
SeriesCaribbean Premier League
Season2017
Player Of The Match
Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara
Match days25 August 2017 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Gregory Brathwaite
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Nigel Duguid
TV Umpire
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Langton Rusere
Reserve Umpire
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Verdayne Smith
Match Referee
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Denavon Hayles
PointsJamaica Tallawahs 2, St Lucia Stars 0