Jamaica Tallawahs started their CPL 2021 campaign with a bang last night as they thrashed St Lucia Kings by 120 runs. In what was an amazing display of power hitting, the entire Tallawahs top order clicked, with each of their top five contributing a minimum of 38 runs.
While many contributed, the star of the show truly was Andre Russell, who took just 14 balls to blast the fastest half century of CPL history. His blitzkrieg helped swell Jamaica’s score to 255-5, which no one had expected after the middle order had slowed down the innings following a whirlwind 81-run stand for the opening wicket between Chadwick Walton and Kennar Lewis.
With the ball, Jamaica were excellent, reducing Barbados to 6-56 before Tim David’s excellent but futile 56 off 28 pushed the score in triple figures. Migael Pretorius picked up four wickets whereas Imran Khan claimed three as Jamaica secured a statement win and sort of told their rivals that they will be a force to be reckoned with in this CPL.
Meanwhile, Barbados Tridents’ tale of CPL 2021 so far is completely the opposite of Jamaica’s. They’ve lost both their matches so far and were never even close to winning either.
The manner of their defeats have been different. In the opener against St Kitts, their bowlers had done a fine job initially, reducing their opponents to 4-39 in the eighth over before somehow ending up giving away 175 by the end of 20 overs. The target proved too steep for them as they managed just 154.
In the second game, their batters were outright culprits as they folded for just 122 batting first. Several batsmen from their top order had starts but neither hung around for long. Their bowlers tried to make the run chase difficult, reducing Trinbago to 4-38 in the eighth over but an unbeaten 87-run stand between Denesh Ramdin and Kieron Pollard dashed their hopes.
From what we’ve seen so far, we can say that Barbados’ batting has issues and will be a problem for them throughout their campaign. The bowlers do have some spark but struggle to complete the job after a burst of energy early on.