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Krishmar Santokie self-destructed at the most critical of moments to hand the Jamaica Tallawahs the inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League championship title. His 17th over which cost 20 runs, including 11 wides, should not distract from the fine innings Chris Gayle played to safely lead his team to victory.

The game appeared to be on a knife’s edge with 26 runs needed from 24 balls but when Santokie sent down five wides off the first ball of the 17th over, the whole occasion would turn on its head. A total of 11 balls were bowled in the over. The Tallawahs were chasing 129 runs to win the title. Much like the Amazon Warriors’ innings, they had not gotten off to a flier. In fact, after Chadwick Walton tried increasing the scoring rate in the third over, after hitting Dilshan for a six and a four, he was trapped Leg Before Wicket going across the line for 13. The Tallawahs had enjoyed a slightly better Powerplay than their opponents, finishing six overs on 38/1.

What looked to be a destructive pair turned out to be nothing but a partnership that piled more pressure on the Tallawahs. Sangakkara just couldn’t get going while Gayle was cautious in his approach. The Sri Lankan battled to 13 runs from 27 balls. Narine troubled him most times, in the process delivering a spell of 4-0-9-0 but his great bowling counted for little in the end. Sangakkara tried to get going, but only managed to pick out Franklin. Barnwell had gotten the breakthrough for the Warriors.

Malinga came back and accounted for Jermaine Blackwood. At 67/3 with close to 12 overs gone, it was a tight match. The turning point came though when Sarwan gave Barnwell another over. Instead of bringing his strike bowlers back, he opted to give Barnwell a second over. It would cost 20 runs. Gayle smashed two fours while Russell hit a six and a four. That 14th over would be overshadowed by Santokie’s 17th. Gayle had done it. He had not hit a six, but had finished on 47 runs from 48 balls, hitting six fours. Russell at the other end was not out on 33 runs 18 balls.
The victory was much easier than it looked it would have come.

The Amazon Warriors’ innings had gotten off to a similar slow start, or even slower. Just five runs were scored in the first two overs. Though William Perkins evened things out in the third over, hitting Dave Bernard for a six and a four in an over worth 13 runs, he perished soon after for 14. By the end of the Powerplay, the Warriors were 27/1.

Tillakaratne Dilshan, who led the Warriors to victory with both bat and ball against the T&T Red Steel would be stunned by Bernard, who got the first ball of his last over to swing back sharply, breaking through the defences of Dilshan and bowling the Sri Lankan for nought. But Denesh Ramdin joined his fellow countryman in Simmons and both Trinis steadied the innings. They batted slowly but they had to in the circumstances. They put on 52 runs, increasing the tempo as the innings went along. As Simmons tried upping the tempo, he was caught at long-off for 40. The Warriors were still well behind in the game. They were 79/3 with just over five overs left in the innings.

Ramdin would spark the late assault the Warriors needed. He started attacking the bowling, hitting two fours and a six. He scored 29 runs from 34 balls before Gayle trapped his Leg Before Wicket trying to slog sweep. Sunil Narine helped the cause striking a six in his nine runs, but James Franklin’s 17 runs from nine balls was what the Amazon Warriors to 128/5. He struck two sixes and ran hard between the wickets with Barnwell. In the last over from Gayle, they got 20 runs with Franklin hammering two sixes.

Man of the Match went to Chris Gayle while Krishmar Santokie captured the Player of the Tournament.


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