Jamaica Tallawahs beat Guyana Amazon Warriors by five wickets at home
Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
An unbeaten half century from Bangladeshi Shakib Al Hasan guided the Jamaica Tallawahs to an in-the-end comfortable five-wicket win over Guyana Amazon Warriors in their top-of-the-table clash in the HERO Motocorp Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 showdown at Sabina Park Friday night.
Al Hasan, who prior to the encounter, struggled at the top of the Tallawahs batting order, made 54 not out, as Jamaica, set a modest victory target of 129, made 132 for five.
Al Hasan hit seven fours off 47 balls, and was best supported by captain Chris Gayle, who finished not out on 45, with four sixes and two fours, while batting at an uncharacteristic number seven in the batting order.
This was because Gayle had to wait until for several overs because of he was off the field during the Guyana innings due to an injury he picked up while attempting a catch while sprinting.
With Gayle, unable to open, the Tallawahs got off to their worst start of the season.
The team fell to a shocking two runs for four wickets inside the first two overs courtesy of a combination of careless batting and bad shot selection.
Opener Chadwick Walton was the first to go for two when he skied at catch off the second ball of the innings.
This was followed by a sloppy dismissal of make-shift opener Andre McCarthy, who, in casually completing a single, did not ground his bat and was run out at the non-strikers end for zero.
Next to go was Rovman Powell.
The 22-year-old, who has looked at home in the previous four matches flicked a delivery from pacer Sohail Tanvir only to be caught on the deep backward square-led boundary, also without scoring.
The fourth wicket in the sequence, and third batsman, who failed to trouble the scoreboard was Kumar Sangakkara, who was caught behind off an inside edge while attempting a drive.
It was then left up to all-rounder Andre Russell, who hit a quick 24 off balls, to stave a mini-recovery before Gayle joined the party.
Jamaica, with three wins, one defeat and a no-result now move to seven points in the table, and back into second place behind Guyana, who has 10.
The Tallawahs will next play St Kitts and Nevis on Saturday also at Sabina beginning at 6pm.