St Kitts & Nevis Patriots reached the Caribbean Premier League play-offs, courtesy of a rain-affected win against Jamaica Tallawahs.
Tallawahs amassed a mammoth total of 206/6 from their 20 overs, with Rovman Powell scoring a blistering 84 from 40 balls.
Chris Gayle set the tone from the Patriots in their run chase from the top, with an explosive knock of 41 from 24 deliveries. He was helped by van der Dussen, who didn’t waste any time settling in and the score reached 65/1 from 6.3 overs before rain intervened.
When the rain cleared, the Patriots were in a better position, needing 118 runs to win from a total of 11 overs. Gayle started from where he left off, launching a six, but was soon caught at deep square leg.
Mahmudullah joined van der Dussen at the crease and made light work of the chase. The two remained unbeaten on 28 and 45 respectively as the Patriots reached their revised target with five balls to spare.
Powell was the star of the match, scoring his highest T20 score, but his innings went in vain when the Patriots’ batsmen went berserk in their run-chase of the revised target.
The Tallawahs have been already assured of their playoff spot, but their chances of finishing in the top two have taken a significant blow after this defeat, with one match still to play.