Chris Gayle century blows Trinbago Knight Riders away
Chris Gayle slammed a 54-ball 108 to make a chase of 192 runs look like a walk in the park as Jamaica Tallawahs secured a seven-wicket victory over Trinbago Knight Riders with 10 balls to spare in the seventh match of the Caribbean Premier League in Trinidad.
Earlier in the innings, Hashim Amla’s 74 and a fifty from Colin Munro boosted Trinbago Knight Riders to 191 for four in 20 overs.
Jamaica Tallawahs won the toss and opted to field first. With three sixes and three fours, Brendon McCullum (35) got the chase off to the perfect start before succumbing in the sixth over.
At the end of the powerplay, Trinbago Knight Riders were placed at 52 for one. Munro (55) and Amla (74) carried the momentum forward in their 103-run stand for the second wicket and took Trinbago Knight Riders to 90 for one at the halfway mark.
Amla and Munro brought up their fifties in consecutive overs. The partnership was broken in the 17th over but Dwayne Bravo (10 not out) and Amla plundered 22 runs from the 19th over to push the total to 191 for three in 20 overs.
Trinbago Knight Riders followed their batting display with a fine bowling performance in the powerplay, restricting Jamaica Tallawahs to 33 for one after six overs.
After a brief cameo, Kumar Sangakkara (20) fell in the 10th over and at the halfway mark, Jamaica Tallawahs needed 121 runs with eight wickets in hand.
Gayle (108 not out) turned the game on its head in the second half by smashing two fours and eight sixes in the next three overs, reducing the equation to 50 needed from 42.
Gayle brought up his third CPL hundred with a six in the 16th over. Despite the fall of Andre Russell (24), Rovman Powell (12 not out) sealed the seven-wicket victory with a six down the ground.
With this win, Jamaica Tallawahs reached the top of the table while Trinbago Knight Riders remained in the fourth spot. Gayle took home the man of the match award.
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