Chris Gayle's blitz helps Jamaica Tallawahs crush Trinidad & Tobago
Jamaica Tallawahs 180-6 (Gayle 105) beat
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 130-9 (Kallis 46) by 50 runs
18th match, Caribbean Premier League in Jamaica
Chris Gayle extended his dominance in the Caribbean Premier League with his explosive 105 as Jamaica Tallawahs flattened Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel by 50 runs at the Sabina Park.
Trinidad & Tobago won the toss and opted to field first with a hope of getting the big Jamaican left-hander early.
However, Gayle (105) announced himself early with a huge six over long on in the fourth ball, he faced off Jacques Kallis (0-6), who surprisingly bowled just one over in the game.
Gayle smacked two more sixes in the second over from Johan Botha (1-32) and three fours in the sixth over from Dwayne Bravo (1-47) to take Jamaica to 62 for naught in the powerplay.
The Jamaican skipper brought up his half-century with a six down the ground in just 23 deliveries. He also overtook Shoaib Malik to become the leading run-scorer in the tournament.
The 70-run opening stand ended when Samuel Badree (1-16) trapped Chadwick Walton (13) leg before wicket.
Even though, Trinidad & Tobago managed to pick regular wickets, Gayle on the other hand kept the innings going, with a four and a six off Suleiman Benn (2-19) in the 15th over.
Gayle finally found some support in Jermaine Blackwood (38), who was the second highest scorer in the innings, as he smashed Dwayne Bravo (1-47) for three boundaries, to take the score to 143 for four in 17 overs.
The big moment came when Gayle nudged Javon Scantlebury-Searles (0-32) for a single to long-off to bring his second century in the tournament off just 54 deliveries.
Although, Trinidad & Tobago managed to get rid of both the set batsmen, they conceded 37 runs in the last three overs, allowing Jamaica Tallawahs to reach 180 for six in the 20 overs.
Benn was the pick of the bowlers having picked two wickets at an economy of just 6.33.
Trinidad & Tobago struggled to get going in chase as they lost the first four wickets under less than 30, with three of them dismissed for a duck, which included the Bravo brothers.
Kallis (46) tried to push some impetus, but hardly got any support from the rest of the players as the innings fell into pieces.
Trinidad & Tobago eventually managed only 130 losing nine wickets, giving Jamaica Tallawahs, a 50-run win, which takes them to the second position in the points table.
For leading from the front yet again, Gayle was awarded the man-of-the-match. He is now the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 348 runs in six matches at a strike-rate of 162.61.
CPL 2015 Points Table
|3||St Lucia Zouks||7||3||3||7|
|4||St Kitts and Nevis Patriots||7||3||4||6|
|5||Guyana Amazon Warriors||5||2||3||4|
|6||Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel||4||1||2||3|
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