Caribbean Premier League 18th match: Muttiah Muralitharan spins Jamaica to victory

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Muralitharan’s three wickets cut Barbados down to their knees

Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan took three wickets as the Jamaica Tallawahs cruised past the Barbados Tridents by six wickets.

Jamaica captain Chris Gayle won the toss and chose to bowl first.

His decision seemed to work out well as Barbados got off to a rocky start with opening batsman Raymon Reifer being clean bowled by Nikita Miller for 22.

After Reifer’s dismissal, the entire middle order collapsed, but it was thanks to the efforts of Reifer’s opening partner, Dwayne Smith, who made 52, that the Tridents were able to reach 113 at the end of their 20 overs.

Smith’s 52 came off 53 balls and included four boundaries and a six.

Muralitharan limited the amount of runs Barbados scored with his three wickets, while Miller snapped up one wicket.

Chasing a simple target of 114 to win, Jamaica found themselves in deep trouble early into their innings as three of their top batsmen were back in the pavilion with only 47 runs on the board.

However, an unbeaten 49-run partnership at an impressive run rate of 8.16 between Jermaine Blackwood and Andre Russell saw Jamaica home with just under two overs to spare.

Blackwood finished on 21 off 30 balls, which included two boundaries, while Russell remained undefeated on 27 off 17 deliveries, which included two boundaries and two sixes.

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik and Bangladesh spinner Shakib Al Hasan took one wicket apiece for Barbados.

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