Nepal’s global cricketing icon Sandeep Lamichhane stretched his wicket taking spree to nine matches but his performance alone was not enough to avert Jamaica Tallawahs defeat in the Caribbean Premier League on Sunday.
In their last league match at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, Tallwahs once again failed with the bat losing to St Lucia Zouks by 11 runs. Batting first, Zouks rode on decent batting efforts from Rahkeem Cornwall, Roston Chase and Najibullah Zadran to make 145-6 in 20 overs.
Tallawahs, whose batting has been a major concern throughout the tournament, suffered a terrible collapse before getting restricted to 134-9. Tallawahs finished at the fourth spot in the table and will now meet unbeaten Trinbago Knight Riders, who won all their 10 league games, in the semi-finals on Tuesday.
Zouks will take on second placed Guyana Amazon Warriors in the other semi-final on Wednesday. The final is scheduled for September 10.
In the match on Sunday, Tallawahs had a dream start in their chase after Glenn Phillips and Jermaine Blackwood added 84 runs for the first wicket by 12th over. But they threw away the start losing next seven wickets for just 19 runs.
Man-of-the-match Zahir Khan triggered the collapse after the Afghan Chinaman bowler bowled Phillips for a 36-ball 49. The Kiwi opener’s innings included four boundaries and a six. Blackwood was a calm ally making 25 from 38 balls and was next to depart.
Khan also accounted for the crucial wickets of Tallawahs skipper Rovman Powell (two) and Andre Russell (duck) in consecutive deliveries leading Zouks to what ultimately was an easy victory. Nicholas Kirton (15-ball 25) was next big contributor for Tallawahs.
Zouks didn’t have big contributors with the bat as Najibullah smashed a 25-ball 35 with three sixes and a four. Najibullah shared a crucial 61-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Chase who was unbeaten on 32 off 36. Cornwall struck from the top order hitting three sixes and two boundaries in his 29-ball 32 before falling prey to Sandeep.
The Nepali leg spinner so far has a successful CPL outing taking 12 wickets with an economy of 5.05. He continued to bowl with discipline returning the figures of 1-20 from four overs on Sunday. Another Afghan spinner Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman took 2-28 for Tallawahs.
BY ANURAG SUBEDI