Jamaica v Trinidad & Tobago, CPL 2013, Kingston August 19, 2013

Gayle's all-round efforts push Jamaica to second

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Jamaica Tallawahs 134 for 7 (Gayle 51) beat Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 133 for 8 (Bravo 29, Gayle 2-24) by 3 wickets
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Chris Gayle's all-round efforts helped Jamaica Tallawahs to a three-wicket victory over Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel and secured their position as second in the group, tied on 10 points with Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Red Steel will play Guyana Amazon Warriors in the first semi-final on August 22, while Tallawahs will play Barbados Tridents in the second semi-final on August 23. Red Steel were put into bat, but were unable to build significant partnerships through the disciplined bowling and fielding performance of the Tallawahs.

David Bernard and Andrew Richardson were miserly with the new ball upfront, while Gayle chipped in with 2 for 24. There were three run outs effected in the first innings, with only Ross Taylor, Darren Bravo and Dwayne Bravo being able to score 20 or more. Red Steel eventually finished on 133 for 8 at the end of their 20 overs.

Tallawahs started more assuredly in their innings, with Gayle and Chadwick Walton putting on 66 in just under seven overs. Gayle smashed 51 of those runs, off just 25 balls which included five sixes. Tallawahs were well on their way to the target, but lost four wickets in the space of 23 balls to even up the contest. However, Danza Hyatt anchored the innings with his run-a-ball 25 to see Tallawahs home on the last ball of the innings, and with three wickets in hand.

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  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    The only reason Gayle was able to explode was because of the lack of genuine quick bowling or decent off spin like hafeez, malik, narine etc. He slaughtered the medium pacers and he was under no pressure to win this game as they were already through. He couldn't do much against badree who is generally economical.

  • Kemar on August 19, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Best 15 (Local Players Only) - The West Indies best team has to come from these individuals. Their record in this & past tournaments, temperament and their entertainment factor considered.

    1. Chris Gayle 2. Dwayne Smith 3. Andre Fletcher(wk) 4. Johnson Charles(wk) 5. Lendl Simmons(wk) 6. Marlon Samuels 7. Kieron Pollard 8. Andre Russell 9. Dwayne Bravo 10.Darren Sammy 11.Sunil Narine 12 Sheldon Cotterrell 13.Krishmar Santokie 14.Garey Mathurin 15.Veerasammy Permaul

    ** All the batsmen (not wk-bats), here are very decent bowlers in their own right with Andre Russell maybe needs more improvement in that dept, than the rest. The seamers are top class in this format...we don't have a great many express pace to offer anything 'special' here..Best,Roach,Edwards,Cummins,Holder,Johnson, are perhaps better served in the longer formats. Or maybe Holder/Best for one of the two 'left-arm lollipops :)...I dunno.

  • Sean on August 19, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    T&T lost in last 2 overs....

    Batting problems - too many dot balls....poor strokes.... non-strokes (balls outside off stumps)....shortage of sweep shots....poor running techniques....& subsequent run outs..

    Bowling problems.....too many very short balls.... death bowling...

  • John on August 19, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    I think Red Steel have done the same mistake which Sri Lanka have been doing for years by not using Mahela as an opener. If you wanna get the best outta him, he should be used to open the innings in T20s. He is such an explosive/inteligent player and able to take bowlers apart during the power play. As an opener In International T20s ,He averages 45.29 @ a SR of 136.76 including a rapid century n 5 half centuries [98*,86, 81,72*,65*]. A couple of weeks ago, he opened the innings for SL n took Morkel apart. Mahela n Kevin O'brian will make an awesome opening pair for Red Steel.

  • Fraser on August 19, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    What kind of guy bats in shades?!

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    The best position for Gayle is & always be as an Opener! You ought to give your best guy the most number of bowls.

  • o on August 19, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Amazing game full house last ball finish next level atmosphere and to think this is only first CplT20 the organizers have really gone all out amazing the entire W.I should be proud ! Why is Delorn Johnson not playing for TandT though ? especially given Gayle's trouble v left arm bowlers seems ridiculous he's not playing unless injured ? Anyway the big man finally came to the party also nice to see Walton opening Sanga will also bring much needed stability around them Russell and the others and better keeping than Baugh Jamaica looking good think it could be Tallawahs v Guyana Amazon Warriors final.

  • Joshua on August 19, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    A poor win by the Tallawahs. The typical laid back Jamaican attitude showed its face today. This is exactly why Gayle is so afraid to take advantage of the powerplay with his attacking style. He set the game up perfectly by bringing the RRR to 5 only for the others to play out the lollipop medium pacers as if they were mystery bowlers and letting the RRR go up to 9. I don't know but maybe letting Russell open with Walton could be a better option. Gayle and Sanga at 3&4 would lend stability and much needed acceleration in the 2nd half of the innings. I don't them beating the Tridents if they bat second as Gayle will pressure himself too much and edge out to one of their spinners. Batting first allows him to move the game along at his pace but judging by this performance ( especially with nothing on the line) he might a hundred to secure victory.

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