In the 2023 Caribbean Premier League (CPL), the Jamaica Tallawahs (JMT) demonstrated their dominance with an impressive eight-wicket triumph over the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (SKN) on Wednesday (August 23). A notable highlight of the match was the remarkable performance of Pakistani fast bowler Salman Irshad, who plays for the Tallawahs.

The game began with the Tallawahs winning the toss and electing to field. The Patriots seemed to have a promising start, with openers Andre Fletcher and Evin Lewis combining to push the score to 20/0 after just two overs. The stage appeared to be set for a competitive total.

Salman Irshad strikes gold with three in an over

However, the fourth over of the innings turned the tide dramatically in favor of the Tallawahs, thanks to the heroics of Irshad. His brilliant spell of fast bowling saw him grabbing three crucial wickets, including that of the dangerous Fletcher and Ambati Rayudu. This sudden collapse left the Patriots reeling at 37/4.

Irshad’s spell began with the dismissal of Fletcher, a key batter for the Patriots. He produced a delivery that had extra bounce, inducing an edge that was smartly taken by the wicketkeeper, Amir Jangoo. Irshad continued his impressive form, delivering another ball with steep bounce that resulted in an edge off Corbin Bosch’s bat, comfortably caught by the Shamarah Brooks at point.

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The final wicket of his remarkable over was that of Indian veteran Rayudu, who attempted to attack the bowler but could only manage to find Imad Wasim at the third man. Irshad’s fantastic burst had the Patriots in serious trouble.

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While West Indies international Joshua Da Silva attempted to rebuild the innings with a solid contribution of 36, Irshad returned to the attack to dismiss him in his penultimate over. Irshad’s final figures for the game were a remarkable 4/27 in his allocated four overs.

Despite a late surge from Dominic Drakes, who added crucial 29, the Patriots managed to reach 156/9 by the end of their innings.

In response, the Tallawahs’ openers, Brandon King and Kirk McKenzie, put on an impressive display. They raced to 52/1 after just 5.2 overs in their chase. King, in particular, played a stunning innings, reaching his half-century in a mere 22 balls. Nevertheless, he was eventually dismissed for a superb 67 runs, courtesy of a delivery from Drakes.

After King’s departure, Shamarh Brooks continued to accelerate the score, and Amir Jangoo played a vital role in ensuring the Tallawahs reached their target comfortably.

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