Gayle Humbled by Jamaica Tallawahs
Gayle Humbled by Jamaica Tallawahs, CricketHighlights
by Kristina Newsam, MyCricketHighlights Writer
The highly anticipated showdown between Chris Gayle and Jamaica Tallawahs took to the grounds of Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, on August 30, 2017. Tense excitement thickened in the atmosphere, as spectators packed into the stadium to witness the clash, some in support of Gayle's new team, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, and some with an anti-Gayle vendetta since his "big move".
The very first ball saw a full, straight delivery from Patriots' Sheldon Cotterel, crashing into the stumps of Lendl Simmons, who attempted a drive that didn't make enough contact with the ball, sending Simmons right back into the pavillion for ducks. Cotterel was militant in his celebration, stomping off and saluting the crowd.
Off to the best possible start, St. Kitts Patriots looked to make easy work of disposing of the Tallawahs, but skipper, Kumar Sangakkara, would have none of it. He held his head low and batted through to a total of 69 runs, striking the ball with an air of authority as he sent it all about the boundary and beyond to stabilize his team.
Sangakkara received strong support from Glen Phillips, who put up 31 runs of his own, before Mohammad Nabi bowled short, down legside, forcing Phillips to skip up to it and push it up in the air when his bat connected. It sailed right into the hands of Cotterel, who stood just before the boundary, and executed his salute once more.
Another batsman bit the dust soon after, in the form of Andre McCarthy, who made a hasty swing at a straight ball along long leg, driving it down leg side to be easily taken by Mohammad Nafeez, much to the delight of Tabraiz Shamsi, who made the delivery.
At 91/3, Sangakkara detected that the momentum in the hearts of his fellow batsmen was dropping significantly. This led him to carve out some sixes and fours as sure motivation, reminding them that all hope had not been lost; but when he attempted a reverse sweep off a ball from Ben Hilfenhaus, he got too much bat underneath the ball and sailed it high and over to Shamsi once again.
Rovman Powell and Jonthan Foo would end the Tallawahs' innings at 157/5 on a somewhat dismal note, as Powell was given lbw after he swung and missed a Cotterel delivery that landed plumb in front and struck him on the back leg.
And then the official showdown presented itself in the form of a confrontation of bat and ball between Oshane Thomas and Chris Gayle, who opened the innings for St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, and faced the man he had helped to draft into the Tallawahs a short while back. With just his second ball, the unthinkable happened: Gayle was gone for a full, straight delivery that swung right back into his pads before off and mid stumps. Within the mere passing a few minutes, it was all over. Gayle stood with his hands up, as though joining in the question of "What just happened?" much to the delight of jilted Tallawahs fans who rung out the boos as he made his exit.
Still mourning the loss of their front man, the Patriots placed their hopes squarely on the shoulders of Evin Lewis, who would not disappoint, racking up 40 runs by the end of the 4th over; but he would then lob one right back to Mohammad Sami after being caught off balance by a short ball down legside.
Catches certainly win matches, and Jamaica Tallawahs would prove this, as they laid on a heavy and unforgiving assault against the Patriots, as Sangakkara, Thomas and Krishmar Santokie joined forces to take out their opponents with almost 3 overs to spare. Tallawahs are now in 2nd place on the CPL table, with a chance at the playoffs if they defeat Guyana Amazon Warriors.
- Lendl Simmons, Kumar Sangakkara (Capt), Mahmudullah Riyad, Glenn Philips, Mohammad Sami, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams, Oshane Thomas, Krishmar Santokie, Jonathon Foo, Andre McCarthy
- Chris Gayle (Capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Samuel Badree, Devon Thomas, Mohammad Nabi, Carlos Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Evin Lewis, Sheldon Cottrell, Ben Hilfenhaus, Tabraiz Shamsi