Gros Islet, St Lucia, CMC — Chris Gayle’s spectacular unbeaten 90 blew away St Lucia Zouks and fired Jamaica Tallawahs to their first win of the 2015 Caribbean Premier League here Sunday.
Tallawahs restricted Zouks to a paltry 118 for nine off their 20 overs and then raced to their target off a mere ten overs, to complete a convincing ten-wicket victory at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium.
The left-handed Gayle was at the forefront of the triumph, imposing himself on the Zouks attack with six fours and nine sixes in an innings consuming a mere 36 deliveries.
Such was his assault, he easily overshadowed opening partner Chadwick Walton who finished on a run-a-ball 25 not out with two fours and a six.
Tallawah’s victory was set up, however, by three-wicket hauls from South African seamer Rusty Theron (3-19) and Jamaican left-arm pacer Krishmar Santokie (3-24), while fast bowler Jerome Taylor took two for 17.
Opener Johnson Charles continued his good form with 29 and Englishman Kevin Pietersen got 26 but no other Zouks batsman made it past 14, as the hosts lost their last seven wickets for 24 runs.