With Jamaica Tallawahs’ skipper Chris Gayle putting the Barbados Tridents’ bowling to the sword, rain finally had the last say as the two teams were forced to settle for a point each in their Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) clash last night at Kensington Oval.
Initial rain reduced the game from 20 to 12 overs each. When play did eventually get underway there were only 10 overs possible before rain returned and put an end to proceedings before the huge crowd. The highlight of the proceedings was the batting of Gayle who gave the patient crowd some terrific entertainment.
However, before the fireworks got going the crowd paid a moment’s reflection to the recently departed and highly respected broadcaster and a favourite son of Barbados, Tony Cozier.
In a shortened match it is important to get off to a good start, and the Tallawahs initially did not set the Oval on fire. Some excellent bowling from South African left-arm pacer Wayne Parnell and Ravi Rampaul saw the Tallawahs manage only 21 runs in the first three overs.
However, the fourth and final over of the reduced PowerPlay was where the Jamaica Tallawahs put their feet on the gas. Thirteen runs came from Rampaul’s second over, including a massive straight six from Chris Gayle as that sluggish start was quickly forgotten.
A 47-run opening stand between Gayle and Chadwick Walton give the Tallawahs a good platform but the introduction of Shoaib Malik into the attack brought the partnership to an end. Walton attempted to smash Malik over long-off but only succeeded in finding the ever-dependable hands of AB de Villiers.
The fall of Walton’s wicket brought together Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara and Gayle and the two star bats put together a brilliant stand of 59 from just 23 balls. Gayle was brutal on anything that was pitched up on his way to smashing 47 from just 20 balls
Sangakkara looked in fine touch before he fell for 25 when he attempted to give himself room to smash the ball over extra cover but was deceived by a Rampaul slower ball that crashed into his stumps. Sangakkara struck three boundaries and a six in his 14 balls at the crease.
A brief cameo from Rovman Powell saw him hit a big six but it was Gayle who was the star of the show as he went at a strike rate of 235 in an innings that contained five Hero Maximums.
Gayle looked set for yet another half century but the rain returned 10 overs into the Tallawahs’ innings and brought the match to an end to the dismay of the fans. With Gayle in full flight, maybe the Tridents might not have felt too displeased with the intervention of the rain.
The no-result gave each of the sides a point and moved the Tallawahs to second in the table on five points from four games. The Guyana Amazon Warriors lead the table with eight points from five games. Barbados Tridents are now fourth with three points from three games.