June 25, 2015
Captain Kieron Pollard will be over the moon with another strong performance from the Barbados Tridents after a 16 run win over the Jamaica Tallawahs. After winning the toss and having a bat on a flat Kensington Oval pitch the Tridents top order took full advantage of the Tallawahs bowling.
Opening pair Dwayne Smith & Dilshan Munaweera put on 56 for the 1st wicket until the latter was undone by Rusty Theron’s slower delivery prompting a catch out on the boundary by Andre Russell. This brought Shoaib Malik to the crease and with Smith these two put on 60 in 48 balls.
Malik in his match winning knock of 43 off 29 balls became the first player from Pakistan to reach 5,000 runs in T20 cricket. Malik was in sublime touch hitting both spin and seam into the stands putting the Tridents into a promising position with a total of 161 for 4 off their 20 overs.
The Tallawahs at halfway would of been very confident going into their innings with Chris ‘World Boss’ Gayle limbering up to unleash a Gayle force storm on Barbados. He started off slowly giving himself a his usual amount balls (9) before launching Jason Holder for a massive six over wide long off.
Jason Holder did get a piece of the revenge cause not long after Gayle tried the same shot off Rayad Emrit when he sliced one straight up and although it took some catching Holder clung on! The storm was threating in Barbados but the Tridents snuffed it out before it took a hold on proceedings.
Chris Lynn and Horace Miller put on the Tallawahs biggest partnership of 51 off 35 to set up a tense finish until Lynn came undone.
Undone by the man of the match Robin Peterson to put a spin on things as he put together the tidy figures of 3-26 off his 4 overs. Those wickets included Chadwick Walton, Chris Lynn and the big one of Mahela Jayawardene who was stumped after just two balls for a duck.
The Tallawahs were in some trouble loosing their two star men for not very many. Things were not over there though as they still had Andre Russell, Daniel Vettori & Rusty Theron in the shed.
The trio of Tridents seamers were too good taking a further 4 wickets to put the match-up to an end winning by 16 runs to make it two from two with promising signs.
The Tridents will take up battle with Trindad & Tobago Red Steel on the 25th of June at the Kensington Oval.