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Gayle leads Tallawahs to narrow victory over Red Steel
T20 cricket is all about excitement and 15,000 fans packed into Sabina Park yesterday afternoon, got real entertainment and left happy as their team the Tallawahs defeated Red Steel by three wickets off the final ball of their Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20 clash.
After Chris Gayle smashed a hurricane half century, Dwayne Bravo led his men bravely to come to within a misfield of a Super Over but it was not to be in the end.
With eight runs needed off the final over to overhaul Red Steel's 133 for eight, a brave Bravo took the ball. Vilified by his fans for bowling poorly at the 'death' Bravo showed real steel in taking the ball and did very well in the end but could not bring the win. He took a wicket off the first ball and it was down to one run from one ball and Akeem Dewar pushed to mid-off where Kevin O'Brien missed the ball and the Jamaicans ran through for the win.
The Red Steel players looked a forlorn lot walking off the pitch but their fighting effort would have given confidence as they head back home to meet Guyana in the first semi-finals on Thursday night at the Queen's Park Oval.
Earlier, Gayle threatened to finish off the Sunday entertainment early and there was hardly anyone willing to believe that the Red Steel would have staged a comeback.
There is a sign as you walk into Sabina Park that reads “Lik Dem Fi Six!” and Gayle did exactly that as he hammered the Red Steel attack into the ground.
With a packed house backing him, Gayle decided to bark loud in his backyard with awesome power-hitting. He struck the largest six of the tournament measuring 113 metres to emphasize his strength.
His 51-run blitz of 25 balls left a nation happy, as he is loved beyond words here. He slammed the ball to all parts of the park and the Red Steel had to fetch it, as leather was being sent flying into the stands.
The Red Steel's fighting score of 133 for eight off 20 overs, was looking no longer relevant after the big man’s effort, but Bravo had other ideas. With the crowd chanting “We want Bravo!, We want Bravo!”, he took the ball and soon silenced them as he had Gayle caught off the top edge by Pooran.
As has become the norm, Gayle’s wicket brings a slide and this is exactly what happened. Were it not for the experience of Danza Hyatt (25 not out), the Red Steel might have flown home with four wins under their belts.
Only locals played for the home team, as they gave all their foreign players rest for this clash and asked the Red Steel to take first strike. They failed to get a concrete start as Adrian Barath and O'Brien were not able to carry the score past 19. O'Brien who looked good was unfortunately run out backing up too far and from that point there was a steady procession to and from the dugout, as poor running was the order of the day.
In between the wickets though some men were able to get starts but could not continue. Ross Taylor looked good for 20 off 21 balls, Daren Bravo looked in great touch, spanking 27 off 29 balls with a four and two imperious sixes, his brother Dwayne smacked 29 off 16 balls with four fours and a six.
The running between the sticks was not good as Darren Bravo, new import Mahela Jayawardene and O'Brien all fell via this route. the Red Steel still finished with a fighting score after they were pegged back in the first 10 overs, in which 33 deliveries were not scored off. In the final 10 they were able to get 77 to end on 133 for eight off their 20 overs.
Red Steel vs Tallawahs
Red Steel inns
K O'Brien run out 11
A Barath c Dewar b Bernard 7
R Taylor c Blackwood b Gayle 20
M Jayawardene run out 1
DM Bravo run out 27
DJ Bravo c Richardson b Gayle 29
N Pooran c Bernard b Russell 10
K Cooper not out 14
Y Carriah b Richardson 0
S Badree not out 2
Extras w12 12
Total 8 wkts (20) 133
FOW: 19, 25, 37, 65, 76, 109, 120, 123.
Bowling: D Bernard 4-0-20-1, A Richardson 3-0-20-1, N Miller 4-0-25-0, C Gayle 4-0-24-2, A Dewar 1-0-11-0, A Russell 4-0-33-1.
C Gayle c Pooran b Bravo 51
C Walton c & b Carriah 28
N Bonner c Pooran b Cooper 4
A Russell run out 6
D Hyatt not out 25
J Blackwood b O'Brien 1
C Baugh b Cooper 11
D Bernard c Cooper b Bravo 1
A Dewar not out 3
Extras w3, nb1 4
Total for 7 wkts (20ovs) 134
FOW: 66, 81, 88, 93, 96, 125, 126.
Bowling: S Badree 4-0-16-0, M Cummins 3-0-28-0, D Bravo 4-0-43-2, K Cooper 4-0-14-2, Y Carriah 3-0-23-1, K O'Brien 2-0-10-1.
Result: Tallawahs won by 3 wkts.
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