Chris Gayle (71 not out) and Evin Lewis (69) lit up the Warner stadium to help St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots secure a 37-run win over Jamaica Tallawahs in a Caribbean Premier League game played on Tuesday (August 22). With this victory, Patriots qualified for the playoffs.
In pursuit of 209, Tallawahs ended up with 171 for 7 on the board. Glenn Phillips (31), who is known for his T20 exploits back home in Auckland, and Trevor Griffith (42), tried to make a good fist of the chase, but Tallawahs couldn’t up the ante at the right time.
For the hosts, after Jonathan Carter broke the opening stand by prising out Griffith, Tabraiz Shamsi and Mohammad Nabi took over from him by picking up wickets at regular intervals.
Shamsi accounted for Phillips’s scalp, while Nabi lured Kumar Sangakkara to play one across the line, only for the veteran to top-edge it to the point fielder. Shamsi continued to peg the opposition back as he removed Jonathan Foo in the 15th over. By then, the home side had seized control of the match and they eventually won by a comfortable margin.
If we rewind the clock and look back at the match, the opening duo (Lewis and Gayle) has to take the major share of the credit for Patriots’ impressive victory. The pair started on a rather sedate note, collecting 26 in the first four overs.
It was only in the seventh over when Lewis broke the shackles by thumping Odean Smith for three boundaries. Play then was stopped for a while due to a light drizzle. And when the players returned to the middle, Lewis hit the accelerator pedal by clobbering Andre McCarthy for two sixes in the ninth over.
Smith, finally, dismissed the left-hander in in the 13th over. However, Lewis’s belligerent fifty had laid down the platform for the middle-order to play freely.
Gayle, the experienced campaigner, was subdued for most part of the innings. It was only in the slog overs when he put up an exhibition of power-hitting against his former team. In the 18th over of the innings, he tonked Mohammad Sami for two boundaries and a six to make an impact in the game.
Nabi, too, played his part with a quickfire 12-ball 29 to set a stiff target of over 200 for the visitors. In the end, it proved to be a tall order for Tallawahs.
With this victory, Patriots are placed second on the table with 11 points and progressed to the knockouts, while Tallawahs are at third postilion with eight points.
Brief scores: St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots 208/3 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 71*, Evin Lewis 69; Krishmar Santokie 1-23) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 171/7 in 20 overs (Trevor Griffith 42; Tabraiz Shamsi 3-35) by 37 runs.