Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica Tallawahs went down to their second defeat in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League at Sabina Park yesterday.
Set 140 to win after the Guyana Amazon Warriors had reached 139 for six, the Tallawahs were restricted to 134 for eight off their allotted 20 overs.
Captain Chris Gayle with 43 and Chadwick Walton, 36, led the way for Tallawahs before they were pegged back late by some accurate bowling from off-spinner Sunil Narine and left-arm seamer, Krishmar Santokie.
Narine, who was named man-of-the-match, ended with very economical figures of one for 10 off his maximum four overs, while Santokie finished with two for 33, also off four overs.
Gayle who was dismissed with the Tallawahs needing 42 runs off 37 balls put the defeat down to bad batting.
"It's a bit disappointing the way we lost as we thought we bowled pretty well to restrict them on what was a good batting track," said Gayle.
"However, we did not apply ourselves the way we should as after getting starts, our batsmen should have carried on."
Winning the toss and electing to field, the Tallawahs struggled to get rid of the opening pair of New Zealand opener Martin Guptil and the in-form Lendl Simmons.
However, with the score on 68 in the 10th over, the Tallawahs struck through Muttiah Muralitharan, who got Simmons (30) to miscue an attempted hit over mid-off, allowing André Russell to take a comfortable catch.
Simmons' wicket was followed up in the 15th over with that of Guptil, who made 36, the big-hitting Christopher Barnwell, who made 10 off 11 balls, and James Franklin, who topscored with 40. Vernon Philander took two for 23 in his four overs.
The Tallawahs did not get off to an ideal start as they lost opener Ahmed Shezad for 20 in the fourth over.
However, thanks to Gayle, who tried to shepherd the innings through, and Walton, who was playing his first game, they were able to recover to 66 for two before the latter fell in the tenth over. Walton cracked four sixes and a four off 20 balls in his knock.
The Tallawahs struggled after Gayle's dismissal in the 15th over. Wickets fell steadily and when the 20th over began they needed 10 to win.
Philander was out off the first ball and David Bernard, off the third with the score on 131 for eight. They added just three runs off the next three balls as Carlton Baugh Jr ended on unbeaten on 10 and Ninita Miller, zero.
"We fell 20 runs short of what we thought would have been an ideal total on this wicket, but we always knew we had it within us to still come out on top," said Warriors captain Ramnaresh Sarwan.
"We needed to bowl disciplined, wicket to wicket, and I thought the guys followed instructions and did well throughout."
Jamaica Tallawahs face leaders Barbados Tridents tomorrow at the same venue before closing out their preliminary round fixture on Sunday against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, also at the same venue.