Gayle smashes 16th T20 ton to guide Tallawahs to easy victory


Sanjay Myers (Jamaica Observer) reports that Christopher Gayle starred with his 16th hundred in Twenty20 cricket as the Jamaica Tallawahs beat Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel by 50 runs in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) match at Sabina Park (in Kingston, Jamaica) last night. With the win, the Tallawahs moved to eight points ahead of tomorrow’s game against Barbados Tridents at Sabina Park. Myers writes:

Gayle bludgeoned 105 off 57 deliveries, while Jermaine Blackwood made a 28-ball 38 in the Tallawahs’ formidable 180-6 off their allotted 20 overs. Spinner Sulieman Benn took 2-19 for Red Steel. In reply, the Red Steel lost wickets early and failed to recover as they were restricted to 130-9. Opener Jacques Kallis top scored with 46 off 36 balls. Left-arm medium pacer Krishmar Santokie took 3-27.

Scores: Tallawahs 180-6 (20 overs); Red Steel 130-9 (20 overs).

It was the Tallawahs’ second win in as many outings after beating St Lucia Zouks by nine wickets on Tuesday. Powered by the openers, Jamaica Tallawahs were off to a rollicking start to their innings. Gayle took charge from the get-go as he and Chadwick Walton added 70 runs off six overs and four balls before wrist spinner Samuel Badree had the latter trapped leg before wicket for 13.

The Tallawahs then lost some of the early momentum in reaching 102-4 in the 12th over. But Gayle, who shared in a stand of 68 runs with Jermaine Blackwood (38) for the fifth wicket, kept motoring on at the other end with a number of trademark big hits down the ground. [. . .]

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