Hello and Welcome to Cricket Country’s coverage of Jamaica Tallawahs (JT) vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (SKNP, Match 17 of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2016 at Kingston, Jamaica. JT currently lay second in the table with seven points, whereas SKNP are currently languishing in the fifth place in the table with just a couple of points, having played a six matches – one match more than their opponents. Last time these two sides met, it was the Chris Gayle-led Tallawahs, who emerged victorious. Faf du Plessis’ Patriots have had very little going their way, but will hope that they turn their fortunes around beginning with this match.

Jamaica Tallawahs beat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by 108 runs! 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SNP 75 all out in 15.5 Overs. BATTING: Sheldon Cottrell 1 (5): Steyn comes back into the attack. It’s just a matter of time now before Jamica Tallawahs win. Alzam Joseph on strike, Steyn bowls four dot balls on trot. Joseph is barely surviving on the crease, let alone scoring few runs. Fifth ball of the over, OUT! a perfect yorker to finish off the proceedings here. Jamaica Tallawahs romp over St Kitts and Nevis Patriots with a 108-run victory.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SNP 75/9 in 15 Overs. BATTING: Sheldon Cottrell 1 (5), Alzarri Joseph 1 (3) — Well, it seems almost the end, as nine wickets are down, with extremely poor show by the bat from SNP batsmen, while the JT bowlers were just ruthless. All set for a massive win are JT.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: SNP 53/5 in 9 Overs. BATTING: Shamarh Brooks 0 (1)OH DEAR!!!! It seems to be a massive down fall, as just five overs into the innings for SNP, and they lose five wickets instantly, while JT set a mammoth target of 184.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: JT 131/3 in 15 Overs. BATTING: Kumar Sangakkara 58 (43), Andre Russell 15 (13) — GONE!!!! Powell departs for 35, as Andre Russell makes his way in, while Sangakkara goes past his half-century. Big total on the cards?

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AND UPDATES: JT 53/2 in 5 Overs. BATTING: Kumar Sangakkara 19 (10), Rovman Powell 15 (8) — GONE!!!! A Couple of wickets are down for the JT, as Chadwick Walton and Chris Gayle fall for eight and a mere single, respectively to Cotrell on both occasions. Can the Tallahwas bounce back for a high score?

OUT! Chadwick Walton run out (Santokie/Cottrell) 8 (9), Chris Gayle c Devon Thomas b Sheldon Cottrell 1 (5)

Teams:

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots: Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Faf du Plessis (c), Brad Hodge, Jonathan Carter, Devon Thomas (wk), Shamarh Brooks, Krishmar Santokie, Sheldon Cottrell, Tabraiz Shamsi, Alzarri Joseph.

Jamaica Tallawahs: Chadwick Walton, Chris Gayle (c), Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Rovman Powell, Andre Russell, Imad Wasim, Andre McCarthy, Dale Steyn, Garey Mathurin, Kesrick Williams.

TOSS: STKNP have won the toss and have elected to field

Not surprisingly, it is Gayle, who is the leading run-scorer for the Tallawahs with 251 runs, which includes an unbeaten ton.  The will want the likes of Kumar Sangakkara and Shakib-al-Hasan to contribute with the bat as they have under-performed in the tournament so far. Pakistan spinner Imad Wasim has been in exceptional form for JT this season.  He is their most successful bowler with 6 wickets at an economy rate of just 4.38.

As far as the Patriots are concerned, Devon Thomas with 149 runs has been their highest run-getter. Evin Lewis and Jonathan Carter have 143 and 141 runs respectively. Chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi has been their best bowler in the tournament. He has scalped 7 wickets at a miserly economy rate of 6.41. Samuel Badree and Thisara Perera have 6 and 5 wickets to their names respectively. They will be the key bowlers for the Patriots today as well.

Squads:

Jamaica Tallawahs : Chris Gayle (c), Chadwick Walton, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Alex Ross, Rovman Powell, Andre McCarthy, Dale Steyn, Garey Mathurin, Kesrick Williams, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Timroy Allen, Jonathan Foo, Imad Wasim, Oshane Thomas, Nkrumah Bonner, Andre Russell

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots: Faf du Plessis (c), Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Jonathan Carter, Devon Thomas (wk), Thisara Perera, JJ Smuts, Shamarh Brooks, Krishmar Santokie, Samuel Badree, Tabraiz Shamsi, Brad Hodge, Tino Best, Nikhil Dutta, Alzarri Joseph, Jeremiah Louis, Kieran Powell