Hurricane Gayle decimates the T&T Red Steel

The Red Steel seemed to be playing mas, while the breathtaking Chris Gayle kept knocking them for six after six after six. Gayle, with his hurricane force strikes, hit nine 6’s and four 4’s, amassing an impressive total of 105 runs off 57 balls before he was caught by Dwayne Bravo. Bravo was in turn caught by Gayle for a disappointing duck.

Jermaine Blackwood made 38 off 28 balls before he was caught by Delport, while Chadwick Walton made 13 off 16 balls before he was dismissed by Badree for leg before wicket (lbw). The best partnerships for the Tallawahs were between Gayle and Blackwood, 68 runs, and Gayle and Walton, 70 runs. Five members of the Tallawahs were caught out: Gayle, Lynn, Jayawardene, Deonarine and Blackwood.      

Batting after the Tallawahs, The Red Steel never seemed to get it right. One after another, they were bowled and caught for poor runs. Delport was caught by Santokie for duck after 3 balls; Dwayne Bravo followed suit when he was caught by Gayle for duck just after 1 ball; Dwayne’s brother, Darren, likewise made duck when he was caught by Walton after 5 balls; Deyal was caught by Gayle for 23 runs; Botha was caught by Russell for 13 runs; Searles was caught by Theron for 2 runs; Cooper was bowled by Santokie for 3 runs; Badree made 29 not out and Benn made 8 not out. The hero batsman for the Red Steel was Kallis who made 46 runs off 36 balls before he was caught by Russell.

Coach for the Red Steel, Simon Helmot, lamented the poor batting of his team after the game.

“We put in a poor batting performance again. It’s a sign that we have to look at this as a team. I thought twenty runs more we should have made. We didn’t quite execute as best as we could. Most importantly is our batting, we have to fix it and we have to fix it fast,” Helmot said, while claiming to have the players with the capability.

“We’re going to dust ourselves off…we’re going to beat the Patriots, we’re going to beat the Zouks to make sure we get ourselves in the final four,” the Australian coach said.

Chris Gayle, who was man of the match, was upbeat after his team’s win and said it was important that they take the other two games left on home soil, one against the Barbados Tridents and the other with the Guyana Amazon Warriors on the 11th and 12th of July respectively.

“That was a good wicket to bat on. I thought we got the best part of the wicket to bat on. The ball was coming on nicely to the bat,” Gayle, who made his first T20 hundred of the 2015 series, said.

“You always want to do well in front of your hometown. The weekend coming up is a big occasion as well so we are going to try and push for the third win here. These home games are very important for us so we will try and utilize our condition as much as possible. Credit must go to the bowlers. I thought they did a brilliant job to restrict them for 130. I thought it was a good effort on the wicket,” Gayle said.

The present score card reads: Barbados Tridents, 8 points; Jamaica Tallawahs 8 points; St. Lucia Zouks, 7 points; St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, 6 points; Guyana Amazon Warriors, 4 points; and Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, 3 points.

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