Carribbean Premier League 2020: Day 2 - Twitter Reactions

Carribbean Premier League 2020: Day 2 – Twitter Reactions

Shimron Hetmyer was the star of the day again while Asif Ali shone with the bat for the Tallawahs.

Shimron Hetmyer
Shimron Hetmyer. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The 3rd match between Jamaica Tallawahs and St Lucia Zouks began with the former winning the toss and electing to bowl on the second day of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). They got off to a decent start being 40/2 at the end of four overs. Mark Deyal played a cameo of 17 in 6 before losing his wicket. Andre Fletcher took his time to get to 22 runs but could not capitalize on the start he got.

Rostan Chase and Najibullah Zadran were involved in a crucial partnership of 52 runs which created the base for an onslaught in the death overs. However, post the latter’s dismissal, the side could just never pick up the pace. Chase, on the other hand, was dismissed after scoring 52 runs which came in 42 balls.

Talking about the lower order, Mohammad Nabi scored 13 runs while Darren Sammy took eight balls to score just 4 runs. St Lucia ended with a score of 158/7 in their 20 overs. Veerasammy Permaul and Mujeeb Ur Rahman took two wickets each, while Andre Russel and Sandeep Lamichhane got one to their name.

Asif Ali stars in a comfortable win for the Jamaica side

The Jamaica side did not get off to a good start as they lost two early wickets. Their score stood at 13/2 at the end of 4.1 overs. A good partnership was the need of the hour and it was provided by Glenn Phillips and captain Rovman Powell. The latter was dismissed after scoring a handy 17-ball 26. This led to the big hitting Asif Ali’s arrival.

Phillips was dismissed in the very next over after scoring a fluent 44 off 29 balls. Andre Russell, the man who everyone was waiting to see, failed to deliver. He lost his wicket after scoring 16 runs in 17 balls. A strike rate of below 100 is not something we expect from the big West Indian.

However, the star performer of the game, Asif Ali rose to the occasion and played a brilliant knock. He ended unbeaten with a score of 47 in 27 deliveries. He was also awarded the man of the match for his exceptional knock. Kesrick Williams was the highest wicket-taker for the Lucia side with two scalps to his name.

The second match of the day took place between the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the St Kittis and Nevis Patriots. The Warriors won the toss and opted to bowl. After losing their first match, they would’ve been desperate for a win and started of really well dismissing both Chris Lynn and Even Lewis in the first six overs itself. This was a big setback for the Patriots as they rely heavily on their openers.

The middle-order never really got going with only two batsmen entering double figures. Some really tight bowling also made sure that the run-rate was kept under check. Even Lewis (30 runs) and Ben Dunk (29 runs) were the highest scorers for the Patriots. A highest score of 30 shows how tough it was for the batting line-up to muster runs.

They ended with a score of 127/8 in their 20 overs, which was definitely below par. Coming to the Guyana bowlers, Keemo Paul starred with four wickets, Imran Tahir got two, while Chris Green ended with one to his name.

Shimron Hetmyer delivers once again

With a target of only 129 runs, the Guyana side definitely had the edge. However, they did not have the ideal batting display as the second highest score was 19 runs. But this is where things were different for the Warriors. They had their No.3 batsman, Shimron Hetmyer scoring 71 runs in 44 balls to guide his team to a comfortable victory.

The openers failed to capitalize on their starts, as both of them were dismissed soon after entering the double figures. Their middle-order performance was perhaps even worse than the Patriots. Nicholas Pooran and Keemo Paul were dismissed for first-ball ducks, while Ross Taylor failed to cross the 10-run mark. It was only and only Hetmyer’s inning which guided the team to a safe win.

While the target was achieved in just 17 overs, it was also done at the cost of seven wickets. An early wicket of the West Indian star could’ve perhaps led to a different result. Paul was awarded the man of the match award for his brilliant performance with the ball. For the Patriots, Rayad Emrit took three wickets, while Sheldon Cottrell and Dominic Drakes took one each. The Patriots have now lost both their games and would be under pressure to come out with a better performance.

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