Caribbean: Jamaica Tallawahs secured victory in the opening match of the Republic Bank Caribbean Premier League 2023. Defending champions defeated Saint Lucia Kings (SLK) by 11 runs.
At the start of the match, the toss was won by Saint Lucia Kings, who chose to bowl first. Jamaica Tallawahs came to the pitch, where Brandon King gave the dazzling innings of 81 from 53 balls.
The score of Tallawahs stood at 187 at the end of the match and gave the target of 188 runs to SLK. In their chase, the Kings faced difficulties in getting momentum against the spin bowling duo of Chris Green and Imad Wasim.
The bowling duo created problems for the team and made it hard for the players to chase the target. Roston Chase of Saint Lucia Kings played superb innings of 53. However, the team fell short of the target where Jamaica Tallawahs had got off to a fluent start in the first five overs before losing two quick wickets to the spin of Roston Chase.
Tallawahs landed into trouble when Brandon King continued to make runs. He hit twelve boundaries in total as the Tallawahs scored a substantial 187.
Alzarri Joseph and Roston Chase were the pick of the bowlers for Saint Lucia Kings, the West Indian internationals taking a combined five wickets.
With the loss of captain Faf du Plessis, Saint Lucia King landed again in trouble in the third over yet Johnson Charles and Sean Williams guided them to 45-1 at the end of the Powerplay.
Chris Green would dismiss them both as the required run rate crept up. Roston Chase put up a valiant effort with the bat, his half-century coming just 27 balls, with support from Roshon Primus, but it was not to be enough as the Saint Lucia Kings finished on 176/8.
Now, Saint Lucia Kings will play the match against Barbados Royals at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium.
The scores of Jamaica Tallawahs are as follows:
Jamaica Tallawahs 187 all out (King 81, McKenzie 20; Chase 3/39, Joseph 2/21) beat Saint Lucia Kings 176/8 (Chase 53, Primus 37; Wasim 3/27, Green 2/28) by 11 runs.