PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – With a six-run (DLS) victory over the Barbados Royals, the Jamaica Tallawahs secured second place in the standings and handed them their first loss of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2022) season.
Imad Wasim gave the Jamaica Tallawahs a fantastic start by delivering two first-ever overs and capturing three wickets during the power play to leave the Royals reeling at 17-3 after six overs. The Jamaica Tallawahs won the toss and elected to field first.
Quinton De Kock and David Miller, both South African internationals, rebuilt the Royals’ innings with an 83-run partnership that brought them to 146/6 at the conclusion of their innings.
In the chase, Brandon King and Amir Jangoo got things going quickly, scoring 50 runs by the fifth over to put the Tallawahs in control.
The Royals would fight back, and Jason Holder would take three wickets, but their efforts would be in vain. The Royals would eventually reach 126/5 and win by five wickets (DLS), six runs above the required total.
Wasim struck three times during a power play for the Jamaica Tallawahs, shocking the Royals early in the game by taking out Rahkeem Cornwall, Kyle Mayers, and Corbin Bosch with his bewildering deliveries.
The Royals ultimately finished on 146/6 thanks to a brilliant 74 by de Kock, who was once again batting at number four and lower in the order, and David Miller.
King and Jangoo of the Tallawahs consistently found the boundary in the PowerPlay, giving them an ideal start to their pursuit.
Obed McCoy would eventually strike with two wickets, though, and Holder would then take three wickets to set up a tense conclusion.
In the end, Rovman Powell’s six right before it started to rain would be crucial because it allowed the Tallwahs to win by five wickets and finish with a six-run lead on DLS.
Rovman Powell, who had earlier won the toss and chosen to bat first for the Barbados Royals, made a wise choice because the Jamaica Tallawahs had the opposition reeling at 17/3 in the Powerplay. The Royals were then revived by Quinton de Kock’s explosive performance, and his score of 74 off just 43 balls, combined with David Miller’s strong performance, allowed them to achieve 150 runs. The Tallawahs’ preferred bowler was Imad Wasim, while Amir, Allen, and Green were also capable bowlers. In response, the Jamaica Tallawahs came out swinging and appeared to be winning at one point.
Imad Wasim is named Player of the Match for his outstanding bowling performance (3 for 14). Imad claims that both sides played well, but they played really good cricket. Rovman Powell was in excellent shape, so he wasn’t concerned about him, he continued. He adds that Powell is a good player and captain and that they have known one other for a long time. Wasim goes on to suggest that since they have a few days off, they will travel around the nation.
Although the first rain delay allowed the Barbados Royals to get back into the game, they will feel a little badly done because of the weather. At the halfway point, they were looking down and out, but after the break, everything was different. Obed McCoy was outstanding throughout, but Jason Holder’s three fast wickets after the interval helped his side reverse the tide. The rain fell again and this time it didn’t stop, preventing the Royals from trying to make the comeback as they bowed to their first loss after taking the lead in the closing minutes of the pursuit.
Barbados Royals – 146/6 (de Kock 74, Miller 34; Wasim 3/14, Allen 1/14)
Jamaica Tallawahs – 126/5 (King 46, Jangoo 29; Holder 3/33, McCoy 2/19) by 6 runs (DLS method) WINNER