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Hyatt and Philander’s partnership ensured Trindad and Tobago lost their third game in a row
The Jamaica Tallawahs emerged victorious in a thrilling match against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel thanks to a 41-run partnership, which came off just 14 balls, between Danza Hyatt and South Africa pace bowler Vernon Philander.
Trinidad and Tobago captain Dwayne Bravo won the toss and decided to bowl first.
However, that decision seemed to backfire as Jamaica’s opening pair of Chris Gayle and Ahmed Shehzad smashed a quickfire 44-run partnership at 7.76 runs per over before Shehzad was caught out off the bowling of Delorn Johnson for 20.
Shehzad’s dismissal led to a flurry of wickets as Gayle, Nkrumah Bonner, Jacques Rudolph, Andre Russell and Carlton Baugh were all dismissed in quick succession to leave the Tallawahs struggling at 105/6.
But, then came the partnership that proved to be the game-changer as Hyatt and Philander took Jamaica to 146 off their 20 overs with their unbeaten 41-run partnership, which came at a run rate of 17.57.
Hyatt finished on 42 off 26 balls, which included two boundaries and three sixes, while Philander remained undefeated on 23 runs off eight deliveries, which included one boundary and two maximums.
Johnson, Bravo, Fidel Edwards and Samuel Badree all took one wicket apiece.
Chasing a target of 147 to win, the Red Steel were put on the back foot early into their innings as Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien was removed by David Bernard for just two runs.
However, a 62-run partnership between Adrian Barath and New Zealand’s Ross Taylor stabilised the innings before Barath was on his way back to the pavilion after being caught out for 32.
Almost immediately after Barath’s dismissal, Taylor and Darren Bravo both fell in quick succession and the Red Steel looked to be in a spot of bother.
Despite a fighting 29 off 24 balls from captain Bravo, which included three sixes, and an unbeaten 20 off 15 deliveries, which included two boundaries and one six, by Nicolas Pooran, the Red Steel fell just short of their target by six runs.
Russell was the pick of Jamaica’s bowlers with two wickets, while Gayle, Bernard and Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan all snapped up one wicket each.