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Jamaica Tallawahs captain Chris Gayle scored the first century of the 2015 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to demolish the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel by 50 runs.
Red Steel skipper Dwayne Bravo would have been regretting his decision to bowl first as Gayle and Chadwick Walton amassed a 70-run partnership, during which Gayle recorded his half-century, before Walton was given out lbw off the bowling of Samuel Badree for 13.
With all the other batsmen failing to fire, Gayle took it upon himself to carry his side to a good total and did just that as he hammered 105 off 57 balls, which included six boundaries and nine sixes, to help the Tallawahs finish on 180/6 off their 20 overs.
Sulieman Benn was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Badree, Bravo, Kevon Cooper and Johan Botha chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 181 to win, none of the Red Steel batsmen, with the exception of opener Jacques Kallis, made a valuable contribution.
Kallis scored 46 off 36 balls, which included six boundaries and a six, while Badree was the next highest scorer with an unbeaten 29. Since all the other batsmen were unable to get out of the starting blocks, it came as no surprise when the Red Steel fell well short of their target.
Krishmar Santokie was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Daniel Vettori and Jerome Taylor snapped up two wickets apiece and Andre Russell and Rusty Theron claimed one wicket each.
Gayle was named Man of the Match.