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Sangakkara hails Tallawahs teamwork

Published:Monday | July 18, 2016 | 7:32 AM

SRI LANKAN batting great Kumar Sangakkara believes teamwork was the overarching reason why the Jamaica Tallawahs were able to get the better of the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in their HERO Motocorp Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 clash at Sabina Park on Saturday.

Sangakkara, who was declared man of the match, led the Tallawahs’ batting with a composed knock of 64, which propelled the home team to 183 for six, their highest total of the season so far.

St Kitts, who had two Jamaica-born players in their line-up – fast bowlers Sheldon Cottrell and Krishmar Santokie – however, could not match up to the demands of the run chase and were bowled out for a paltry 75 off 15.5 overs.

‘MY TURN’

“We decided from last (Friday) night when Shakib Al Hasan came out and played a beautiful innings, and was named man of the match that it was my turn today,’’ stated Sangakkara, who slammed two sixes and seven fours.

“But with Keswick Williams and Shakib also bowling well, they could have got the man-of-the-match award today as well.’’

Fast bowler Williams, of St Vincent and The Grenadines, playing in his first season for the Tallawahs, bowled with accuracy and penetration to end with impressive figures of three for 19 off four overs, while Al Hasan, bowling his steady left-arm spin, was next best with two wickets for two runs off two overs.

Sangakkara, a member of the victorious Tallawahs unit in the inaugural season of the tournament in 2013, also had high praises for young Jamaican batsman Rovman Powell, who showed composure in making a second top score of 35.

The 22-year-old, who has been a calm revelation, batting at number four in the order, slammed four fours and a six off 23 deliveries.

“The team has a really very good bunch of boys, who are led very well by Chris Gayle,’’ he said. “His (Gayle) attitude whenever he crosses the line is really unbelievable and is very intense.

“But having said that, I think Rovman Powell deserves very special mention. He is a very talented player, and I think he has a very bright future in front of him.’’

Jamaica, having returned to second in the points standings with nine points, one less than previous run-away leaders Guyana Amazon Warriors, are scheduled to play third-place Trinbago Knight Riders today at Sabina Park. The Knight Riders have six points. Match time is 8 p.m.