There was no fire coming from Tallawahs strong man, Christopher Henry Gayle. It was like once bitten, twice shy. Coming on the heels of a disappointing upset for the Tallawahs against the Barbados Tridents on July 11, the home crowd expected a better performance from the Tallawahs. The Amazon Warriors went in to bat first and made 179 for 3, while the Tallawahs couldn’t come up with even 100 runs, bowled out in the 15th over for 95 runs.
The Tallawahs has been blowing hot and cold in this year’s Digicel/Hero sponsored CPL T20. When Chris Gayle is dismissed early, it seems to leave the rest of the team with very little strength to carry on. After four early wickets, the Tallawahs hardly amassed 30 runs. Gayle was caught by Beaton for 11 runs; Walton was caught by Fudadin for duck; Lynn walked after being caught by Beaton for 16 runs; and Bonner made only 3 runs before he was caught by Barnwell. Andre Russell seemed hopeful and many were depending on him to save the team but that all came to an end when he was bowled for 28 by Wiese. Deonarine managed 18 off 23 balls before he was caught by Simmons. The Tallawahs had very poor partnerships. The best partnership was between Russell and Deonarine, 39 runs off 25 balls.
In the true indomitable spirit of the Amazon Warriors, the Guyanese team exerted tremendous pressure in bowling and fielding to restrict the Tallawahs for only 95 runs. Eight members of the Tallawahs were caught. Beaton took 4 wickets, Narine 2, De Lange 2 and Permaul 1.
Batting first, the Amazon Warriors were able to hold their wickets, hitting big scores. Simmons and Fudadin opened the batting. Simmons made an impressive 36 off 32 balls before he was caught by Theron while Fudadin made 54 off 43 balls before Theron caught him. The big man of the night was Brad Hodge, who made 65 off 30 balls not out. Akmal made 17 off 15 balls before he was brilliantly caught by Bonner.
Australian batsman Brad Hodge, 40, the man of the match, said that his team didn’t expect to triumph over the Tallawahs that easily.
“Not at all, not at all. This was expected to be a tough game but we played pretty well. It’s probably our best game of the tournament. We know we had to bring our A game to this game and we did that,” Hodge said. “Our attack was really good”.
Captain of the Tallawahs, Chris Gayle, said it was time “to go back to the drawing board” after two disappointing losses on home soil to the Barbados Tridents and Amazon Warriors. The only games that the Tallawahs won at Sabina Park were against the St. Lucia Zouks and the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel.