It was all too easy for Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League final in St Kitts on Sunday. Chris Gayle scored a fifty as Jamaica Tallawahs made shortwork of Guyana Amazon Warriors’ 94-run target to win their second CPL crown by nine wickets and with 43 balls to spare.A horror batting show by Guyana Amazon Warriors made the final match one-sided. Jamaica’s slow bowlers wrecked the Guyana line-up with Pakistan left-arm spinner Syed Imad Wasim emerging Man of the Match with three wickets for 21 in his four overs.Sohail Tanvir’s 42 was the only noteworthy score in the Guyana innings after Jamaica Tallawahs won the toss and decided to field. Imad Wasim was assisted by two-wicket hauls by fellow spinner Shakib-Al Hasan (2/25) and pacer Kesrick Williams (2/12).The Tallawahs finished behind the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the group stage and lost to them in the first play-off game, but in the final the Tallawahs did not give them a sniff in a fantastic all-round display.
Chris Gayle comes to the party for Jamaica Tallawahs
Gayle’s half-century — his 78th score of fifty or more in T20 cricket – helped Jamaica race to their target. He got off the mark with a towering six off Steven Jacobs but was never in a hurry to score.As the innings progressed, Gayle was happier to go for the big shots as he hit back-to-back sixes off Jacobs in the final over of the PowerPlay which brought 17 runs. During the sixth over, Gayle became the fourth batsman to pass 400 runs in this edition of Caribbean Premier League.Gayle brought up his fifty after 22 balls as he made a mockery of the target his team had been set. That patient start was quickly forgotten once he was well set as he struck three fours and six sixes on his way to 54 (27 balls).
Guyana batsmen fail on big day
It was a disastrous start from the Amazon Warriors top order. First, Nic Maddinson was out edging behind to Andre Russell for a golden duck. Then Guyana’s leading run scorer Chris Lynn cut Shakib’s first ball into the hands of Jonathan Foo at point.The only man who stood firm was Pakistani all-rounder Tanvir, who made 42 from 37 balls having been promoted to four in the order. But for him things could have been far worse for the Amazon Warriors, but when he went his side were 91-8. That soon became 91-9 the very next ball when Williams bowled Jacobs.The final wicket fell in the very next over when Adam Zampa was run out – the Amazon Warriors were 93 all out after 16.1 overs, their lowest ever total. It was never enough to secure victory as they lost a CPL final for the third time.