CPL

van der Dussen, Mahmudulla sneak Patriots past Tallawahs in rain-hit fixture

By September 02, 2018
The St Kitts and Nevis Patriots van der Dussen and Mahmudulla The St Kitts and Nevis Patriots van der Dussen and Mahmudulla

An enterprising cameo from South African batsman Rassie van der Dussen saw St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to a 7 wicket win via the D/L method over the Jamaica Tallawahs, which ensured qualification for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) playoffs at Warner Park on Sunday.

Set a sizeable 206 for 6 to chase by the Tallawahs, the Patriots were 62-1 when the rain intervened.  When play resumed the revived target was set to 118, meaning the team needed 53 in 4.3 overs. 

Big hitting from van der Dussen who cracked 45 from 24 and Mahmudulla 28 from 11, brought the total, which had seemed to favour the bowling team, down quickly.  Earlier, the run chase, which had been led by the belligerent Gayle, seemed in trouble when the big left-hander was dismissed just after the resumption. 

Gayle, who had raced to 41 from 24, was caught by Kennar Lewis off the bowling of Santokie.  When Ben Cutting was dismissed soon after by off-spinner Adam Zampa, for a duck, the momentum seemed to shift firmly in the Tallawahs favour.  van der Dussen and Mahmudullah attacked the bowlers with fierce determination, however, eventually swinging the tie in the Patriots favour.

Earlier, a blistering 84 from 40 balls from Rovman Powell and 40 from 29 from Glenn Phillips had set up the visitor’s big total.  David Miller also added to the big total after getting 32 from 20.  The win saw the Patriots officially eliminate the Barbados Tridents.

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