The opening match of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2023 witnessed an exhilarating clash between Saint Lucia Kings and Jamaica Tallawahs at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium. The Jamaica Tallawahs emerged victorious in the contest by 11 runs.

Asked to bat first, the Tallawahs posted a competitive total of 187 runs for the loss in their allotted 20 overs. Brandon King led the charge with a sensational knock of 81 runs off 53 deliveries, featuring nine fours and three sixes. He was well supported by Kirk McKenzie, who contributed 20 runs off 11 balls. Roston Chase was the pick of the bowlers for Saint Lucia Kings, claiming an impressive three wickets for 39 runs in his quota of four overs.

Saint Lucia Kings fails to chase the set target

In reply, the Saint Lucia Kings put up a spirited fight but fell short of the target, finishing their innings at 176 for 8 in 20 overs. Chase was the standout performer with the bat as well, smashing a blazing half-century and contributing 53 runs off just 31 balls. Roshon Primus also chipped in with quickfire 37 runs off 20 deliveries for the Saint Lucia-based team, but he failed to get his team across the line. Although Primus’ efforts went his vain, his massive six off Mohammad Amir during his fiery cameo left many stunned.

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Roshon Primus’ massive six leaves Mohammad Amir stunned

It all happened on the first ball of the 16th over when Amir delivered a shortish outside-off delivery to Primes, and the right-handed batter hammered it out of the ground over cow corner with full power and lightning bat flow. The hit by Primus left Amir baffled as the left-arm pacer was seen stunned seeing the distance of the maximum.

Here’s the video:

Coming back to the match, the Jamaica Tallawahs’ bowlers held their nerve and managed to restrict the opposition despite the challenging innings from Chase and Primus. Imad Wasim was the chief destructor with the ball and bagged three crucial scalps for 27 runs in his 4-over quota. King was adjudged ‘Player of the Match’ for his brilliant fifty.

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