Twitter Reactions: Kumar Sangakkara and bowlers help Tallawahs seal playoff berth

Twitter Reactions: Kumar Sangakkara and bowlers help Tallawahs seal playoff berth

The comprehensive 41 runs victory has given the Tallawahs a chance to finish in the top two.

Jamaica Tallawahs
KINGSTON, JAMAICA – AUGUST 30: Kumar Sangakkara (R) Rovman Powell (L) and of Jamaica Tallawahs celebrate after winning Match 26 of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League between Jamaica Tallawahs and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots at Sabina Park on August 30, 2017 in Kingston, Jamaica. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20 via Getty Images)

The Sabina Park in Jamaica hosted the 26th match of the Caribbean Premier League which saw the Jamaica Tallawahs clashing St. Kitts Nevis and Patriots. As has been the trend this season, the home side came up trumps by a big margin of 41 runs and sealed their playoff berth. The visitors were left wondering as Oshane Thomas and Santokie bowled wonderfully to pick up 3 wicket hauls.

Put in to bat first, Tallawahs got off to a worst possible start as the Cottrell bowled a searing yorker to disturb the wood of Lendl Simmons of the very first ball of the match. But then Phillips and the ever so solid Kumar Sangakkara resurrected the innings and put on 81 runs stand for the second wicket. But Tallawahs were again rocked by quick dismissals but the skipper continued scoring his way to his third successive half-century only to be dismissed in the 19th over for 69 off 55 deliveries.

Rovman Powell, in the end, made sure they put up a fighting total on the board by scoring quickfire 43 off 26 balls as the home side ended on 157/5. The spinners kept a lid on the scoring for Patriots as they conceded only 72 runs in 13 overs in the innings. Seamers were disappointing as they looted runs to undo the hard work from their slow bowlers.

Patriots collapse in the chase

The visitors too were rocked early as the universal boss Chris Gayle was dismissed for a duck in the first over by Thomas. But Lewis was not perturbed by this and took the attack to the bowlers and scored a brilliant 40 off just 17 with 6 fours and 2 towering maximums. Once he was sent back to the dugout it was all one-way traffic as Patriots kept losing and the variations of Santokie and Thomas took control.

They were bowled out for 116 with only 3 batsmen reaching the double figures. In contrast to Patriots’ seamers, Tallawahs seamers did a lot better job as Santokie (3/10), Thomas (3/31) and Sami (2/30) shared all the wickets between. The home side displayed an all-round show to defend 157 on a good batting wicket. Oshane Thomas was awarded the man of the match.

With the virtue of this win, Tallawahs have qualified for the playoffs and have toppled Patriots to grab the second position. Patriots would have to win their last match to have any chances of finishing in top two as this edition of CPL is nearing its end.

Here is how Twitter reacted during the course of the game: