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St Kitts and Nevis Patriots captain Chris Gayle led by example as he struck an unbeaten 66 to lead his side to a nail-biting four-run win over the Guyana Amazon Warriors in Lauderhill, Florida.
Electing to bowl first, the Amazon Warriors took out Evin Lewis and Mohammad Hafeez in quick succession for four and 11 runs respectively.
Having been reduced to 33/2 in the eighth over, the Patriots launched their comeback through Gayle and Brandon King’s 97-run partnership, during which Gayle surpassed his fifty.
Even though King ended up being run out by Amazon Warriors wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton for 39, Gayle went on to make an unbeaten 66, which came off 55 balls and included four boundaries and two sixes.
Thanks to Gayle’s efforts, the Patriots finished on 132/3 off their 20 overs.
Steven Jacobs was the only bowler to take a wicket.
Chasing 133 to win, the Amazon Warriors found themselves in trouble early on as Walton was dismissed by Sheldon Cottrell for 10 runs.
Steven Taylor only made two runs before he was stumped by Devon Thomas off the bowling of Samuel Badree.
Jason Mohammed and Babar Azam stabilised the innings with a 55-run partnership before Azam was removed by Mohammad Nabi for 21.
Mohammed went on to make 41 off 41 balls, which included a boundary and two sixes, before he was dismissed by Hasan Ali.
Despite Keemo Paul falling shortly after, Gajanand Singh kept the Amazon Warriors alive, to the extent that they were left needing eight runs to win off the final over.
After taking a single off the first ball, disaster struck for the Amazon Warriors on the second as Rayad Emrit was run out by Thomas for nine runs off a wide.
Only one run came off the next two balls, but things from bad to worse for the Amazon Warriors as Gajanand was clean bowled by Carlos Brathwaite for 28.
The Amazon Warriors lost another wicket on the very next ball as Sohail Tanvir was run out by Thomas for one run.
Needing five runs to win off the last ball of the match, Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan could not get the job done as he missed the final ball, which gave the Patriots a four-run win.
Cottrell was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Badree, Hasan, Brathwaite and Nabi claimed one wicket each.