CPL 2017 26th Match: Sangakkara steals the spotlight as Tallawahs move up to second place

Kumar Sangakkara 69 Jamaica Tallawahs CPL cricket

Kumar Sangakkara smashed four boundaries and three sixes during his knock of 69

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Jamaica Tallawahs captain Kumar Sangakkara continued his run of good form as he smashed a spectacular 69 to lead his side to a 41-run win over the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

With their win, the Tallwahs overtook the Patriots on the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) points table. The Tallawahs are now in second place with 12 points, while the Patriots slipped down to third with 11 points to their name.

Coming into the match, the Tallawahs and Patriots were both looking to bounce back from their respective losses to the Trinbago Knight Riders

Patriots captain Chris Gayle would have been delighted with his decision to bowl first as Sheldon Cottrell clean bowled Tallawahs opener Lendl Simmons on the first ball of the match.

Glenn Phillips and Sangakkara made up for the loss of Simmons with an 81-run partnership before Phillips was caught by Carlos Brathwaite at long leg off the bowling of Mohammad Nabi for 31.

Andre McCarthy fell shortly after, but Sangakkara went on to score 69 off 55 balls, which included four boundaries and three sixes, before he was dismissed by Ben Hilfenhaus.

With Rovman Powell providing some late fireworks via his 26-ball 43, the Tallawahs finished on 157/5 off their 20 overs.

Cottrell was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Hilfenhaus, Nabi and Tabraiz Shamsi chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 158 to win, the Patriots were dealt a major blow on the third ball of their innings as Gayle was trapped lbw off the bowling of Oshane Thomas for a duck.

Evin Lewis and Mohammad Hafeez began to rebuild the Patriots’ innings, with the former playing the role of the aggressor, while the latter was more defensive.

However, Lewis ended up being caught and bowled by Mohammad Sami for a 17-ball 40 that included six boundaries and two sixes.

The Patriots began to crumble after Lewis’ dismissal as Devon Thomas, Jonathan Carter, Brathwaite and Nabi were removed in quick succession.

Having been reduced to 93/6, things went from bad to worse for the Patriots as Krishmar Santokie struck twice in two balls, taking out Hafeez for 21 and Hilfenhaus for seven.

The Patriots ended up being bowled out for 116, which led to the Tallawahs securing a convincing win.

Thomas and Santokie took three wickets apiece, while Sami snapped up two and Kesrick Williams claimed one.

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