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Tallawahs take CPL crown
Cricket fans the world over have become accostomed to his brutal batting, but Chris Gayle showed them a different side on Saturday night, leading his team to the inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20 title with a seven-wicket victory over Guyana Amazon Warriors at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Chasing a victory target of 129 in their 20 overs, the Tallawahs easily got home at 129/3 in 17.3 overs. Gayle mastermined the attack on the Warriors and at the end of the night the Tallawahs were spraying the champagne.
Gayle batted with real control and curbed his natural play as the few yardies in the stands were calling for sixes. The big left hander did not acceed, instead putting his head down and staying to within touching distance of the run rate on a slow pitch.
After losing Chadwick Walton and Kumar Sangakkara who struggled to come to terms with spinner Narine, scoring just 13 runs from 27 balls, Gayle soldiered on and kept picking off the runs without much fuss.
Narine bowled excellently but was unable to remove the big man. The T&T player finished his four-over spell at the cost of just nine runs.
When the victory came Gayle was unbeaten on 47 off 48 balls with six fours, and Andre Russell finished on 33 off 18 balls with five fours and a six.
Earlier, runs were hard to come by as Dave Bernard used the early moisture on the pitch to swing the ball prodigiously. Perkins was his first victim as he skied one to Danza Hyatt for 14 and before man of the match in the semis, Tillekeratne Dilshan could have settled, he seamed one into his stumps.
Simmons, by far the star with the bat in this CPL for the Warriors, remained unruffled but with the ball not coming onto the bat, he was not his normal free-scoring self.
However he read the situation well and together with Denesh Ramdin, they were able to rotate the strike, while the boundaries were absent.
The duo added 52 runs for the third wicket off 52 balls and with aggression required both fell. Simmons arched his back on an expansive off drive and was caught at long-off for 40. He faced 44 balls and struck three fours and two sixes.
Ramdin followed soon after for 29, bowled by Gayle throwing the kitchen sink at a straight delivery and towards the end James Franklin deposited Gayle twice into the crowd to score an unbeaten 17 off nine balls. The Jamaican skipper conceded 20 runs from the final over, that gave the Warriors their fighting score.
L Simmons c Sangakkara b Miller 40
W Perkins c Hyatt b Bernard 14
T Dilshan b Bernard 0
D Ramdin b Gayle 29
S Narine run out 9
J Franklin not out 17
C Barnwell not out 9
Extras: b1, lb7, w2 10
Total: 5 wkts (20) 128
Fall of wkts: 20, 27, 79, 94, 98.
Bowling: D Bernard 4-0-18-2, V Philander 3-0-8-0, N Miller 4-0-27-1, M Muralitharan 4-0-13-0, C Gayle 4-0-42-1, A Russell 1-0-12-0.
C Gayle not out 47
C Walton lbw Dilshan 13
K Sangakkara c Franklin b Barnwell 13
J Blackwood c & b Malinga 3
A Russell not out 33
Extras: lb3, w17 20
Total: 3 wkts (17.3) 129
Fall wkts: 26, 61, 67.
Bowling: K Santokie 4-0-31-0, S Malinga 3.3-0-28-1, T Dilshan 4-0-32-1, S Narine 4-0-9-0, C Barnwell 2-0-26-1.
Jamaica won the match by 7 wkts to take the title.
Man of the match: Chris Gayle
Player of the tournament: Krishmar Santokie
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