Gros Islet, St Lucia, April 30: The fifth match of the Hero CPL Esports Series saw Ish Sodhi of the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots take on Ryan Persaud of the Jamaica Tallawahs at a virtual Warner Park. It was Sodhi and the Patriots who emerged victorious after a virtuoso batting display saw them reach 135 for 2 from their five overs.
Having been put in to bat the Patriots reached the end of the second over at 60/1 with both Evin Lewis and Chris Lynn going hard from the start. Lynn fell for 26 (6) but Lewis just kept going past fifty from just nine balls. Lewis was dismissed the ball after reaching the landmark, but the Patriots were off to a flying start.
Even with both openers gone the scoring did not slow down with Ben Dunk taking an amazing 34 runs off an over from Persaud as he and Sodhi just kept swinging.
A final over from Mujeeb-ur-Rahman was giving slightly less punishment than the one which proceeded it, but a monumental target of 135 had been set.
It was Glenn Phillips and Persaud who opened the batting for the Tallawahs and he got his team up with the rate straight away with 32 runs coming from the opening over of the chase with Phillips the man doing the damage. An excellent second over from Alzarri Joseph put the scoring rate in check and put the pressure back on the Tallawahs.
With Phillips back on strike the scoring recommenced with the New Zealander reaching his fifty from just 10 balls. Despite Phillips’ excellence there was just not enough support for him and the Patriots squeezed their way to victory.
An excellent final over from Sodhi closed out the win as the Patriots finished with a 41-run victory.
By Y.S. RANA
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