Brandon King motivates the Jamaica Tallawahs to win the CPL
To win the CPL Brandon King drives the Jamaica Tallawahs Brandon King. King and Shamarh Brooks put the run chase in motion with a fast 86-run stand as the Barbados Royals were soundly beaten in the final.
Royals were the favourites going into the final since they had only lost two games during the league stage and had dominated their way into the final with a victory in the first qualifier. The Tallawahs, on the other hand, had the toughest road to the championship since they had to win three games in a row after barely making it through the playoffs by placing fourth.
They may, however, be proud of Brooks for rising to the occasion again after hitting a century in the previous game. The Tallawahs didn’t panic even though Kennar Lewis left for a duck in the opening over of the chase.
After a sluggish start, Brooks broke the tie with a six over long-on and then hit for a boundary with a sweep in the following over. Despite King’s poor start to the powerplay, Brooks hit back-to-back boundaries to finish the over.
King eventually got going when batting with 8 off 14 when he collected a boundary off each of the following four overs. Tallawahs had accelerated to 86 before the midway point and already had their sights set on the prize.
Despite Brooks’ brilliant pick of the fielder at deep square leg in the next over to give the Royals a chance, the Tallawahs kept control of the game. They may, however, be proud of Brooks for rising to the occasion again after hitting a century in the previous game. Joshua Bishop was devastated by the opener for four boundaries in one over, bringing the required run rate closer to six.
As soon as Corbin Bosch allowed 17 runs to be scored in one over, the table-toppers ultimately gave up.. After Mujeeb Ur Rahman had a dreadful night and gave up 20 runs in an over, King smashed a six to seal an unlikely victory with 23 balls left.
The ball-damaging duo of Fabian Allen and Nicholson Gordon maintained the Royals at 161/7 before to King’s heroics. Rahkeem Cornwall’s explosive performance at the top of the order gave the Royals, as opposed to the Tallawahs, a solid start.
Cornwall continued to hammer sixes, helping his team score 54 runs in the opening five overs. Allen originally took Cornwall off the last ball to halt the powerplay before rattling the timbers to remove Kyle Mayers. After then, the scoring pace drastically decreased, with just 18 runs coming off the following four overs after the powerplay.
Jason Holder and Azam Khan were both striking out at less than 100, so the Royals once more required a substantial lift. Azam gave the innings some much-needed impetus with sixes in back-to-back overs, but Tallawahs started to make inroads at the other end.
Holder was bowled by Imad Wasim, but Gordon was able to dismiss the persistent Najibullah by taking the crucial wicket. Azam did hit fifty, which helped his team past 160, but Royals were aware that they had lost a good chance to record a significant total on the day.