Gayle's 22nd T20 in vain at CPL run fest
BASSETERRE: Chris Gayle The 22nd T20 was in vain when St Kitts and Nevis Patriots beat Jamaica Tallawahs in a high score Caribbean Premier League game. Gayle's hundred helped Jamaica set a massive goal of 242, but San Cristóbal managed to chase him with a ball and a spare ball.
This is the second most successful chase in the history of T20 cricket, being Australia's 245/5 highest against New Zealand in Auckland last year. It is the fourth highest total of second innings in the shortest format of the game. The match matched the record for the highest number of six in T20 games with 37 highs reached by players from both sides.
Gayle crushed 116 of only 67 balls in an inning that included seven four and 10 six. He shared a 162-race stand with Chadwick Walton , who scored 76 of only 36 balls.
However, the hosts of San Cristóbal took out all the weapons lit in the second inning. Openers Evin Lewis & Devon Thomas took them past the 80-run mark in the first five overs. Lewis scored 53 off just 18 balls in an innings that included six sixes & three fours.
After the fall of the openers, Laurie Evans & Fabian Allen continued the assault. The pair put up 76 runs off just 40 balls. Allen kept his calm despite St Kitts losing three wickets within two overs between the 10th & 15th overs. He then found an able partner in Shamarh Brooks, & by the time the latter was dismissed in the penultimate over by Andre Russell St. Kitts needed only 15 to win 11 balls.
Campbell ticked off the deficit in that over itself with a six & two fours off the last two balls.