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Gayle left a trail of destruction with both the bat and ball
West Indies flamboyant batsman Chris Gayle left the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel in absolute tatters after his two wickets and half-century helped the Jamaica Tallawahs win the match by three wickets and move up to second place on the points table.
Gayle won the toss and elected to bowl first.
The decision definitely seemed to be the right one as the Red Steel lost their top three batsmen for just 37 runs.
New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor stemmed the bleeding with a quickfire 20 off 21 balls, which included one boundary, before he too was dismissed.
With the middle order failing to contribute, it came down to Trinidad and Tobago captain Dwayne Bravo and 17-year-old wicketkeeper Nicolas Pooran to score some runs.
The pair managed to register a 33-run partnership at an outstanding run rate of 11.64 before Bravo was caught out for 29 off 16 deliveries, which included four boundaries and a six.
Pooran followed soon after for 10 runs off 10 balls, which included one maximum.
The Red Steel managed to score 133 at the end of their 20 overs, thanks to a sensible knock of 27 by Darren Bravo, which came off 29 deliveries and included one boundary and two sixes.
Gayle was the pick of Jamaica’s bowlers with two wickets, while David Bernard, Andrew Richardson and Andre Russell all snapped up one wicket apiece.
Chasing 134 to win, Gayle and Chadwick Walton got Jamaica off to an excellent start as the opening duo recorded a 66-run partnership, during which Gayle brought up his half-century.
Gayle was eventually dismissed for 51 off 25 balls, which included four boundaries and an unbelievable five sixes.
However, just as the Tallawahs looked to be cruising to victory, the Red Steel got themselves right back into the game with a flurry of wickets as Jamaica went from 66/1 to 96/5.
With eight runs needed in the last over, Danza Hyatt ensured Jamaica got over the finish line as he remained unbeaten on 25 off 25 balls, which included two boundaries and a six.
Bravo and Kevon Cooper picked up two wickets apiece for Trinidad and Tobago, while Yannick Cariah and Kevin O’Brien both chipped in with one wicket each.