Gayle, Shakib power Jamaica to victory despite horrendous start
After being two for four at one stage, Jamaica Tallawahs chased down 129 in 15.5 overs with five wickets in hand, riding on an unbeaten 87-run stand between Chris Gayle and Shakib Al Hasan in the game 15 of the Caribbean Premier League against Guyana Amazon Warriors in Jamaica.
Jamaica Tallawahs won the toss and elected to field first. The decision was vindicated straightaway as Dale Steyn (2-31) had Martin Guptill (0) caught behind in the second over.
Chris Lynn (33) scored four boundaries and a six in the next two overs but with Dwayne Smith (11) trapped lbw by Imad Wasim (2-12), Guyana ended the powerplay at 46 for two.
After a couple of quiet overs, Wasim struck again, dismissing Lynn as Guyana reached 60 for three at the halfway mark.
From there on it was only Jason Mohammed (46 not out) and Sohail Tanvir (15 not out) managed to cross the double figure mark taking Guyana to 128 for six in the 20 overs.
Chris Gayle, who left the field during the 17th over of the first innings had to wait for 18 minutes before coming on to bat, but what happened in the first two overs was bizarre for Jamaica.
Sohail Tanvir (2-14) dismissed Chadwick Walton (2) and Rovman Powell (0) in the first over while the makeshift opener Andre McCarthy (0) was run-out in the first over.
Kumar Sangakkara (0) lasted just two deliveries as he nicked an Ali Khan (1-49) delivery to the keeper and Jamaica were reeling at two for four.
Andre Russell (24) and Shakib (54 not out) provided some respite for Jamaica with their 41-run stand for the fifth wicket but the West Indian all-rounder was caught at square leg off Veerasammy Permaul (1-27) in the fifth over. Shakib struck three boundaries in the sixth over to take Jamaica to 60 for five in the powerplay phase.
Gayle (45 not out) eventually came on to bat at seven and straightaway created an impact plundering Permaul for a couple of sixes and a boundary in the seventh over.
With the required-run-rate under four, the pair played without much pressure as they romped home to a five-wicket victory in the 16th over with their unbeaten 87-run stand. Shakib was awarded the man of the match.
The win has taken Jamaica to the second position while Guyana continue to top the table. This was also the final game for Guyana skipper Martin Guptill, who will now head for the international duty and will be replaced by Nic Maddinson in the squad.
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