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Chris Gayle steers Jamaica Tallawahs to their second win

Chris Gayle steers Jamaica Tallawahs to their second win
Chris Gayle led from the front once again smashing an unbeaten 72 taking Jamaica Tallawahs to their second successive win in the CPL.
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Jamaica Tallawahs 164-3 (Gayle 72 no) beat
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 160-5 (Guptill 53) by seven wickets
Ninth match, Caribbean Premier League, St Kitts

Chris Gayle continued his rich vein of form by notching an unbeaten 72 as Jamaica Tallawahs secured their second Caribbean Premier League win, beating St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by seven wickets at the Warner Park.

Jamaica Tallawahs went for an unchanged side from the previous game while St Kitts replaced Tabraiz Shamsi with all-round option of Tonito Willett.

Marlon Samuels, the skipper of St Kitts won the toss, opting to bat first with Evin Lewis (10) scoring a four and a six of his first two deliveries in the first over bowled by Krishmar Santokie (4-37).

However, Santokie had the last laugh, getting rid of Lewis in the final delivery of the over, trapping him lbw, with a clever change of pace.

Daniel Vettori (1-24), opening the bowling, showed his prowess once again, conceding just one-run off the second over, played watchfully by Martin Guptill (53).

The ploy to give Vettori the second over inside the power-play didn't quite work, as Guptill started to go berserk hitting a boundary and a six, backed by another boundary from Willett (31), to complete the 15-run fourth-over.

Guptill and Willett, put on a 76-run stand for the second wicket in 62 deliveries, taking St Kitts to 88, before Vettori removed the latter in his second spell, caught at long-off.

Samuels (50) announced his arrival with a couple of boundaries in the 14th over of Rusty Theron (0-34).

On the other end, Guptill brought up his fifty in 47 deliveries, with a six in the 17th over from Jerome Taylor (0-30), who had an ordinary day.

Even though, St Kitts lost Guptill, a late flourish from Samuels sailed them to 160 for five in the 20 overs.

For Jamaica, Santokie was the pick of the bowlers with a four-wicket haul, while Vettori managed a wicket, being the most economical bowler as well.

Chasing 161 for a win, Gayle (72 not out) started his innings circumspectly, a complete contrast to his previous CPL innings.

Sheldon Cotrell (1-33), provided the initial breakthrough for St Kitts removing Chadwick Walton (10) as Jamaica moved to 31 for one in the first four overs.

Chris Lynn, coming at number three, provided Jamaica with the much needed impetus, hitting a couple of boundaries and a six in the fifth over. Jamaica reached 71 for one in 10 overs with 90 runs needed in the final 10.

With the required run-rate climbing, Gayle brought up his first six in the 11th over and Lynn powered to three continuous sixes of the next over, as the duo looked in no trouble in knocking down the target.

However, the 85-run stand ended eventually, Carlos Brathwaite (1-13) castled Lynn, to bring St Kitts back in the game.

It was a double strike for the home team, as Sohail Tanvir (1-34), got rid of Mahela Jayawardene (1), with Jamaica needing 45 runs in the last five overs.

Andre Russell (21 not out) joined Gayle as the duo brought down the target to 18 runs in the final two overs.

The West Indian pair went on the rampage in the penultimate over from Tanvir, notching 17 runs, Russell scoring 10 of it in the first three deliveries.

With just one needed in the final over, Gayle finished the game in style with a pull over deep mid-wicket, securing Jamaica's second win in the tournament as they retain their third position in the points table with four points in three games.

Gayle was awarded the man-of-the-match for leading from the front, his second in consecutive games.

CPL 2015 Points Table

P W L Pts
1 Barbados Tridents 4 3 1 6
2 St Lucia Zouks 4 2 0 5
3 Jamaica Tallawahs 3 2 1 4
4 St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 3 1 2 2
5 Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 2 0 1 1
6 Guyana Amazon Warriors 2 0 2 0

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