Gayle pleased as batsmen deliver
Chris Gayle has expressed pleasure at the fact that other batsmen are now stepping up to the plate, and delivering match-winning performances for the Jamaica Tallawahs in the HERO Motocorp Caribbean Premier League Twenty20.
Spearheaded by man-of-the-match batting performances by Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara and Bangladeshi Shakib Al Hasan, the Tallawahs were able to get the better of league front-runners Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the first two matches at Sabina Park at the weekend.
Sangakkara hit a topscore of 64 in helping the Tallawahs to a 108 runs win over St Kitts, while Al Hasan 54 helped the team recover from a disastrous position of two runs for four wickets to beat Guyana by five wickets.
"I'm very happy that whenever I don't get runs someone can put their hands up and take responsibility,'' said Tallawahs captain Gayle.
"First it was Al Hasan and then Sangakarra, and young Powell have also showed some class as well. Plus, there is Andre Russell in the middle.''
Gayle, who will lead Jamaica into battle against the Trinbago Knight Riders today at 8 p.m. at Sabina Park, is also pleased with the performance of his bowling unit.
He said special commendation should go to pace bowlers South African Dale Steyn, Keswick Williams and Andre Russell, who in the two wins over the weekend has led from the front.
Steyn stood out against Guyana with two for 31 off four overs with Pakistan left-arm spinner, Imad Wasim closing with two for 12 off four, while against the Patriots Williams picked up three for 19 off four and there were two wickets each for Russell and Steyn.
"While it was a good batting display from the guys, credit must go to the bowlers as well,'' he said.
"Russell and Steyn up front have been brilliant, while Keswick has been coming in the middle and picking up crucial wickets.''
The big-hitting Gayle, who made 45 not out and one in the two fixtures, in the meanwhile, in turning his attention to the Knight Riders clash, said he is looking for a third win in succession against the tournament's third place team.
"It's another important game coming up and hopefully we can make it three from three," he said.