CPL T20 CRICKET: Gayle slams 105 in big Tallawahs win
Jamaica Tallawahs moved one step closer to qualifying for the semi-finals of the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 following a comfortable 50-run win over Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel at Sabina Park on Thursday night.
The Tallawahs who, with the victory, moved to second position in the points standing, first made a challenging 180 for six before returning to restrict the Red Steel to 130 for nine.
In-form left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie, the tournament's leading wicket-taker, led the way for the Tallawahs in the field with three for 27 off his allotted four overs.
There were also two wickets apiece for New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori who once again opened the bowling, and fast bowler Jerome Taylor. Jacques Kallis topscored with 46 (six fours and one six) for Red Steel.
Earlier, the Tallawahs were piloted to the their total by talisman opener Chris Gayle, who hit a brilliant 105 off 57 balls. Gayle hit nine sixes and six fours. Jermaine Blackwood got 38.
Lanky spinner Sulieman Benn with two for 19 claimed most wickets.
"It was an outstanding all-round effort, and credit must go towards the guys," said Jamaica Tallawahs captain, Chris Gayle.
"Myself and Chadwick Walton did well to put on a 50-run stand for the opening wicket, and from there we built on it.
"The bowling was also outstanding with Santokie coming good again, and the others providing good support."
Trinidad Red Steel captain Dwayne Bravo highlighted Gayle's innings as the deciding factor in the result, as well as poor application on the part of his batsmen.
"Credit to Chris Gayle when he batted he took the game away from us," said Bravo.
"For a man of his class, batting that long, he was definitely going to put us under pressure.
"But, having said that, once again our batting let us down.
"Chasing such a total and losing three, four wickets in the powerplay, it was always going to be difficult to come back."
The Tallawahs will next face leaders and defending champions Barbados Tridents on Saturday at Sabina Park. Both teams have eight points.