Jamaica Tallawahs cruised to a 7-wicket victory against Trinbago Knight Riders in the 7th match of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2016. Chris Gayle has done it again! The powerful opener bludgeons his 18th Twenty20 century to lead the Jamaica Tallawahs to victory.
Having elected to field first, the Tallawahs were set a target of 192 to win by the Knight Riders, and chased it down with ease thanks to a 54-ball 108 from captain Gayle. The skipper hammered 11 sixes and six fours in his innings to take Jamaica home with 10-balls to spare with seven wickets in hand.
The big hitting left-hander took his time getting himself in, scoring 30 runs off his first 25 balls, before taking control of the match, scoring 59 runs off the next 13 deliveries he faced to move to 89. The Jamaican’s innings slowed down from there, taking another 11 balls to score the 11 runs he needed to reach his century, and he had some luck along the way, getting a reprieve on 94 when he was caught off a no-ball from Ronsford Beaton in the 16th over.
He made the most of the free-hit, sending it way over long-off to raise the third CPL century of his career. Gayle was ably assisted by Kumar Sangakkara (20 off 14) and Andre Russell (24 off 18) before young Rovman Powell (12 off six) came to the crease to finish the game off with a six off Beaton.
Earlier, opener Chadwick Walton was run out for 13, forgetting to ground his bat in the non-striker’s crease after saying no to a risky single called by Gayle. It’s a third loss in four games for the Knight Riders, whose bowlers struggled with the dew after their batsmen posted a competitive total of 4-191, thanks largely to Hashim Amla (74 off 52) and Colin Munro (55 off 39).