Shakib quiet again as Jamaica lose

Shakib Al Hasan of Jamaica Tallawahs. File Photo: ESPNcricinfo

The outcome was much the same in a re-match of Saturday's Caribbean Premier League match between Jamaica Tallawahs and St Lucia Zouks with the latter going on to win their second match in two days by defeating Jamaica by 17 runs in Lauderhill on Sunday. Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan once again had a good day with the ball while not having much say with the bat.

After Tallawahs skipper Chris Gayle chose to field first, Shakib was given the new ball and his left-arm spin proved to be the most economical suit for the Jamaica bowling for the second day running. He bowled three overs on the trot in the Powerplay overs and gave away only 21 runs without picking up a wicket.

Despite Shakib's efforts the batting from the Zouks was strong as they lost only three wickets while amassing 194 runs. Openers Andre Fletcher (70 off 54) and Johnson Charles (64 off 35) did the lion's share of the scoring during their 104-run partnership, before an unbeaten 17-ball 42 from retired Australian all-rounder Shane Watson provided the finishing fireworks.

Gayle's 15-ball 30 offered early hopes of a stirring chase, but his dismissal kept Jamaica behind the required rate. Shakib came in to bat at number eight when 49 runs were required off 21 deliveries, but he could only score a run-a-ball nine as Jamaica came to a halt 17 runs short.

Despite losing two matches in a row the Tallawahs have their playoff place secured. They are scheduled to play against top-placed Guyana Amazon Warriors on Wednesday.


ST LUCIA: 194 for 3 (Fletcher 70, Charles 64, Watson 42 not out; Powell 2-45)

JAMAICA: 177 for 6 (Gayle 30, Powell 28, Sangakkara 24; Shillingford 2-30, Watson 1-26)

Result: St Lucia Zouks won by 17 runs

Player-of-the-match: Shane Watson