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Asif Ali blitz powers Tallawahs to comfortable win over Zouks
CPL 2020

Asif Ali blitz powers Tallawahs to comfortable win over Zouks

St Lucia Zouks 158/7 in 20 overs (Roston Chase 52; Mujeeb Ur Rahman 2-25, Veerasammy Permaul 2-34)

Jamaica Tallawahs 160/5 in 18.5 overs (Asif Ali 47*, Glenn Phillips 44; Kesrick Williams 2-32)

Asif Ali and Glenn Phillips slammed blistering knocks as Jamaica Tallawahs romped to victory over St Lucia Zouks by five wickets and seven balls to spare.

Asif remained unbeaten on 47 off just 27 deliveries with the winning hit coming off his bat via a powerful drive through to the extra cover fence.

Tallawahs were initially beset by a timid start to their chase of the 159-run target after Chadwick Walton and Nicholas Kirton got out for single-digit scores.

They scrambled to the end of the Powerplay with just 36 runs on the board for the loss of two wickets as Phillips and skipper Rovman Powell desperately tried to recoup momentum.

Phillips soon found his groove when he feasted on the bowling of Kesrick Williams to pulverize the right-arm pacer for a couple of maximums and a boundary off successive deliveries.

The Kiwi smacked another six, this time off Afghan wrist-spinner Zahir Khan, before being dismissed for 44 while trying to loft the ball straight down the ground.

Asif did not take long to get going as he announced himself on CPL debut by blasting a magnificent six off Rahkeem Cornwall for his first runs in the tournament.

Batting with great ease, the Pakistan batsman first stitched a 42-run stand with Andre Russell and then his unbroken partnership with Carlos Brathwaite lasting 16 balls for 34 runs helped Tallawahs cross the finishing line.

Asif's exhilarating innings was glittered by sumptuous timing and great execution of strokes marking a noteworthy entry in CPL 2020.

In the bowling department, Tallawahs' spin trio of Veerasammy Permaul, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Sandeep Lamichhane curtailed the scoring rate of the Zouks.

Permaul opened his account in his first over just when Cornwall threatened to unleash an attacking charge. He then added another scalp to his name as Mark Deyal ended up edging a cut shot to the wicketkeeper.

Roston Chase batted tremendously for his maiden T20 fifty but he lacked an explosive supporting act to lift St Lucia to a substantial total.

A death overs surge failed to transpire for the Zouks with Mohammad Nabi and captain Daren Sammy unable to provide any late impetus to the team's batting.