Andre McCarthy and Kumar Sangakkara played well to see Jamaica Tallawahs overcome St Lucia Stars by 6 wickets. With this win, Jamaica is one step away of securing their place in the playoffs of the Caribbean Premier League.
The game saw the Jamaica Tallawahs captain Kumar Sangakkara rise to the occasion with the bat to help his side chase down a target of 172 runs posted by St Lucia from their 20 overs. Jamaica got off to a perfect start as the side raced to 69 for 1 after 7 overs. Glenn Phillips played well as he scored 21 runs off 19 balls to lay down an ideal platform for the likes of Sangakkara and McCarthy.
Sangakkara played sensibly as he kept the scoreboard ticking along nicely with McCarthy being the aggressor in the partnership. The duo added 71 runs to put Jamaica in a good position to chase down the target of 172 runs. McCarthy scored 36 runs off 32 runs and smashed three sixes in his innings. Shane Watson came to the attack and dismissed McCarthy to see Jamaica placed at 140 for 3 after 16.1 overs.
Skipper Kumar Sangakkara was dropped twice in his innings by Stars as he went onto to bring up his half century off 35 balls. He smashed a couple of big hits to finish off the game in the 18th over of the innings. He scored unbeaten 74 runs off 45 balls and struck nine boundaries to showcase a wide range of strokes.
Earlier, St Lucia Stars started their innings slowly with Rakheem Cornwall and Marlon Samuels dismissed for low scores. Andre Fletcher got to 20s but then gave his away trying to go for big shots. Shane Watson came in at no.3 and produced a quick-fire 80 runs off 45 balls to see Stars post 172 runs off 20 overs. He added 41 runs with Johnson Charles to add vital runs for the side at the end of the innings.
Watson shifted gears in the last six overs as he smashed six sixes off Mohammad Sami to push the score beyond 150-run mark. Kyle Meyers and Rovman Powell also came under the hammer as Watson smashed seven sixes in his innings to see Stars put up a good score on the board.
While Jamaica Tallawahs are placed at third in the points table, Stars’s winless streak continues with still no wins from nine games played in this edition of Caribbean Premier League.