CPL 2023: Dazzling King leads Tallawahs to winning start


Defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs defeated Saint Lucia Kings by 11 runs in the 2023 Republic Bank Caribbean Premier League (CPL) opening game.

Saint Lucia Kings won the toss and opted to put Jamaica Tallawahs into bat, captain Brandon King leading the way with a dazzling innings of 81 from 53 balls to take the Tallawahs to 187 all out.

In their chase, Saint Lucia Kings struggled to build momentum as the experienced spin bowling duo of Chris Green and Imad Wasim caused them early problems. Roston Chase gave the home side hope with a superb innings of 53. However, it was in vain, as the Saint Lucia Kings fell short of the target.

Jamaica Tallawahs had got off to a fluent start in the first five overs, before losing two quick wickets to the spin of Roston Chase.

Brandon King was in fine form (Photo by Randy Brooks/CPL T20 via Getty Images)

With Amir Jangoo also departing in the following over, the Tallawahs looked in trouble, but Brandon King continued to make runs, hitting twelve boundaries in total, as the Tallawahs scored a substantial 187.

Alzarri Joseph and Roston Chase were the pick of the bowlers for Saint Lucia Kings, the West Indian internationals taking a combined five wickets.

Saint Lucia King’s response was stifled with the loss of captain Faf du Plessis in the third over, yet Johnson Charles and Sean Williams guided them to 45-1 at the end of the Powerplay.

Chris Green would dismiss them both as the required run rate crept up.

Roston Chase put up a valiant effort with the bat, his half-century coming off just 27 balls, with support from Roshon Primus, but it was not to be enough as the Saint Lucia Kings finished on 176/8.

Saint Lucia Kings will look to rebound in today’s match as they face off against Barbados Royals at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium from 19:00h. (CPLT20) 

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