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Gayle, Williams propel Jamaica Tallawahs to a close win

Chris Gayle celebrating his fifty for Jamaica Tallawahs.
Chris Gayle celebrating his fifty for Jamaica Tallawahs.

Jamaica Tallawahs 153-7 (Gayle 51) beat
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 148-7 (Simmons 29) by five runs
Fourth Mach, Caribbean Premier League, St Kitts

A 36-ball 51 from Chris Gayle was followed by a three-wicket haul from Kesrick Williams as Jamaica Tallawahs set a target of 154 runs and then restricted St Kitts and Nevis to 148 for seven to secure a five-run victory in the fourth match of the Caribbean Premier League in St Kitts.

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots won the toss and opted to bowl first. Despite losing Chadwick Walton (3) in the very first over, Gayle (51) and Kumar Sangakkara (26) took Jamaica Tallawahs to 46 for one in the powerplay.

Sangakkara fell in the next over while Rovman Powell (4) perished in the 10th with Jamaica Tallawahs scoring 76 for three at the halfway mark. Shakib Al Hasan (7) also failed to make a mark.

Gayle fell soon after his fifty but cameos from Andre Russell (34 not out) and Imad Wasim (19) propelled Jamaica Tallawahs to 153 for seven in 20 overs.

In the chase, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots lost Evin Lewis (8) early in the innings. However, Faf du Plessis (27) shared two crucial stands with Lendl Simmons (29) and Jonathan Carter (27).

At the halfway mark St Kitts and Nevis Patriots needed 90 runs. Both Carter and du Plessis fell in consecutive overs as Jamaica Tallawahs restricted the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to 130 for four at the end of 15 overs.

Williams (3-23) removed Thisara Perera (7) and Brad Hodge (12) in the 18th over while Dale Steyn (1-21) castled Carlos Brathwaite (1) in the 19th.

With 30 runs needed from the final over, Devon Thomas (25 not out) blasted three sixes and scored 24 runs but could not prevent St Kitts and Nevis Patriots from succumbing to their second loss on the trot.

This five-run victory took Jamaica Tallawahs to the second spot in the points table. For taking three wickets in the second innings, Williams was adjudged man of the match.

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