Nepali young leg spinning sensation Sandeep Lamichhane began his third stint of the Caribbean Premier League on a high note with decent figures of 1-23 for Jamaica Tallawahs first game of the campaign.
Electing to field first against St Lucia Zouks in Tarouba, Trinidad & Tobago, the only venue for the tournament considering strict health protocols due to COVID-19 pandemic, Tallawahs restricted Zouks to 158-7 in 20 overs.
Zouks’ score was built around a strong 52-run fourth wicket partnership between Roston Chase and Najibullah Zadran. It was the Nepali leggie who broke the half century stand and potentially applied brakes on Zouks run flow removing Afghanistan’s Zadran for a 21-ball 25 that included a six and a boundary.
Sandeep had Zadran caught at the cow corner in the 15th over where he conceded just four runs. It was a sweet revenge for Sandeep as Zadran had struck the Nepali bowler for a six in the ninth over when he was introduced in the game.
Sandeep gave away eight runs in the first over three in the second and eight in the third as the bowler delivered in a continuous spell. Sandeep has often been introduced in the same stage in whatever franchise Twenty league he plays.
CPL is Sandeep’s first global franchise of the year and now awaits his participation in the Indian Premier League and Australian Big Bash League.
In the second CPL match on Wednesday, Chase top scored for Zouks with a 42-ball 52. His innings includes four boundaries and two maximums. Andre Fletcher also chipped in 22 runs for the Tallawahs.
Veerasammy Permaul (2-34) and Afghanistan’s mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2-25) took four wickets between them for Tallawahs. While Sandeep turned out to be most economical for his side, only spinners managed to pick up wickets for Tallawahs.