CPL 2022 Finals: In the world where T20 Leagues pop up every second, CPL Continues to be a cracker. The final was a demonstration of the same. In the battle between Barbados Royals and Jamaica Tallawahs, the underdogs Tallawahs chased the worthy total of 162 in just 16.2 overs. The team was great with both bat and ball, are the new CPL Champions
Barbados Royals Innings
In the first innings, it was realized that the Royals scored 15-20 runs less as they posted a score of 161. In the powerplay, Cornwall and Mayers went absolutely crazy, giving fans the impression that they would be in for a run fest. However, it soon became clear that those hard and excellent length deliveries had varying bounce, with some deliveries remaining very low.
The spinners for the Tallawahs capitalized on that, especially Allen. He was exceptional and had equal backing from Imad. After the Royals got off to a quick start, it was the spinners who dried up things, and without Azam Khan’s thoughtful innings, they could have battled much more in the later innings.
Jamaica Tallawahs Fierce Chase
Jamaica was a team that placed fourth overall. They started off as underdogs and barely made it past the league round. But it didn’t matter on the D Day. They won and this is the point where it all matters. The game where everything counts is this one.
The league’s dominant team, Barbados, was a tad too frigid on the big night. They were simply not piercing when they underscored with the bat and the ball. Kyle Mayers managed a strike in his opening at-bat, but that was it. Shamrah Brooks started the bowling match off with some powerful strikes, and after Brooks fell, Brandon King simply carried on with the momentum, making sure to block the door and steal the trophy.
CPL 2022 Finals: What the winning side captain said
Tallawahs captain Rovman Powell in the post-match presentation said, “Adjectives cannot describe how I feel right now. We endured a lot of disrespect throughout the tournament so to be here now is amazing. Used the disrespect that we endured as motivation. We were hungry. The guys were very hungry. I told them to hang in and we have a lot of batters and we can get it. The first 100 that Brandon scored, it was in a losing cause and so the guys felt really hurt that it was in a losing cause but we told the guys that’s what big boy cricket is about. So to see Brooks score a 100 the other night in a win was special.”
“I’ve captained a few teams and franchises before I captained Jamaica so I’ve been learning. Sometimes I feel down and out because I’m human, but my family rallied around me. I wanna say a special thanks to the Guyanese supporters. After we beat Guyana, they could have easily turned on us but we came out today and saw so many Guyanese supporting us. For the fans in Jamaica, you stayed with us through the dark times. This one is for you guys.”
Hero of the Tournament: Brandon King:
The hero of the tournament, Brandon King spoke about his experience this year. He said, “You set goals for yourself before the tournament. Number one is to win the tournament and we did that. I’m happy to finish with the most runs. The guys trust each other to go out there and carry their roles. Brooks came out and took control early when I was struggling but I was happy to be out there to help finish it off. I’m extremely happy that we won this year. There’s no special formula. Just work hard and believe in your abilities. Confidence goes a long way. The team is amazing. Everyone believes in each other.”