CPL 2018: Smith mimics Afridi to send Tallawahs tumbling


Barbados Tridents 156 for 6 (Smith 63, Hope 43, Russell 2-32) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 154 for 3 (Charles 42, Smith 2-19) by two runs

Steven Smith made a half-century before getting out in bizarre fashion ( Peter Della Penna)

Jamaica Tallawahs can’t wait to get on the first plane out of Fort Lauderdale after their disastrous three-game ‘home’ stretch in Florida ended with yet another defeat. Steven Smith was the architect of their woes, striking a half-century to lead Barbados Tridents to a total of 156 and following it up with a match-winning spell of 2 for 19 in three overs.

Tallawahs appeared well on course at 80 for 0 in nine overs, but Smith pierced the opening stand, removing both Johnson Charles and Glenn Phillips in the space of five balls. The former Australia captain has now modelled his bowling action on Shahid Afridi, and early indications are that it’s totally working.

Though they lost only three wickets in the whole innings, Tallawahs couldn’t score quickly enough in the final few overs, with Andre Russell never making it to the batting crease. All that meant Tridents felt immense relief. They had dropped five catches in the innings but somehow pulled off a coup to move up to fourth place on the CPL table. (ESPNcricinfo)


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