CPL 2018: Jamaica Tallawahs snap three-match losing streak to go top
David Miller remained unbeaten on 32 off 13 balls (Getty Images)

Jamaica Tallawahs returned to winning ways by beating St Lucia Stars by 21 runs to atop the points table. Tallawahs win broke their three-match losing streak with Roman Powell and David Miller playing crucial knocks that powered them to a total of 204. Then, while defending it, captain Andre Russell and Oshane Thomas bowled splendidly to stop Kieron Pollard and David Warner from getting their team over the line.

Stars shuffled the order once again with Mark Chapman being the latest to open the innings along with Andre Fletcher. The move fell flat when Chapman was dismissed second ball of the innings. To make matters worse, Rahkeem Cornwall perished in the next over, putting Tallawahs right in control. From there, resilience came from Warner, who put on crucial 44 runs for the side. Fletcher however was slow and fell to Rovman Powell for 21 off 24.

With the asking rate climbing, Warner got together with Pollard and scored the next 45 runs at a good pace. Pollard continuing his fine run in the tournament with another 46 and the two seemed to be in control of the proceedings. Warner displayed shades of his destructive self and reached 42 off just 25 balls with five boundaries and a six. Set to bring himself a half-century, he fell eight short, dismissed by fellow Australian legspinner Adam Zampa.

Warner’s wicket brought out Lendl Simmons to the middle, from where another partnership began to prosper. But the pressure of a steep asking rate got the better of Pollard, and four away from his half-century the Stars skipper was bowled by a Yorker his counterpart Andre Russell. Simmons tried with a brisk 26-ball 45 but Russell bowled an excellent 19th that fetched just 19 runs. Of the 26 that were needed off the last over, Thomas conceded just four.

In the first-half of the match, Tallawahs were off to a rocketing start with their top three batsmen accounting for 54 runs in the Powerplay. 17 of those belonged to Glenn Philips but was dismissed by Kesrick Williams for the first of his three wickets of the evening. Philips’ exit was followed by the wicket of Charles. At 56/2, Rovman Powell and Lewis struck a 100-run partnership, scoring at over 10 an over.

Powell brought up his maiden fifty of the season off 29 deliveries (five sixes and two fours) but soon after, Kesrick returned to get rid of Lewis and Russell. Next over seemed to be the deal-breaker for Tallawahs with Powell becoming Obed McCoy’s only wicket. But then out walked Miller, who hammered a 13-ball 32, as the Tallawahs scored 40 off the last 14 deliveries.

Brief scores: Jamaica Tallawahs 204/5 in 20 overs (Rovman Powell 64, David Miller 32*; Kersrick Williams 3-34) beat St. Lucia Stars 183/8 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 46, Lendl Simmons 45, David Warner 42; Andre Russell 2-15, Oshane Thomas 2-27) by 21 runs.