Gayle hopeful as Tallawahs face Trinbago test
The Trinbago Knight Riders have defeated the St Lucia Zouks at the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to set up an effective semi-final against the Jamaica Tallawahs tonight.
Trinbago Knight Riders 165-5 (Brendan McCullum 49*, Jerome Taylor 2 for 31) beat St Lucia Zouks 164-8 (Andre Fletcher 41, Ransford Beaton 3 for 23) by five wickets with nine balls remaining.
Christopher Gayle's Tallawahs went down to Guyana at the same venue by four wickets on Wednerday, but will be looking to bounce back in tonight's clash.
"The important thing is that there is a second bite at the cherry," said Gayle, whose unit will get a second shot of reaching the final after finishing second in preliminary round behind Guyana.
"We don't know who we are going to play as yet, we just have to wait and see, then work on a game plan according to who we are going to play, and hopefully we meet Guyana again in the final," he added.
Jamaica, who was coming off a two-match losing streak in Florida at the end of the preliminaries, were defeated by a disciplined Guyana, who bowled well to restrict them to 146 for six off their maximum overs.
Gayle, in a somewhat return to form, top-scored for the Tallawahs with a near run-a-ball 33, and was supported by young Rovman Powell, who made 23 off 20 deliveries, and Kumar Sangakka, who added 20 off 20 balls.
Fast bowlers Sohail Tanvir, and captain, Rayad Emrit, three for 24, and three for 30, respectively, led the way for the Warriors in the field.
However, having to contend with dropped catches, rain, and at times loose bowling, the Tallawahs was unable to restrict the Warriors, who went on to score 150 for six with two balls remaining.
The in-form Chris Lynn of Australia with 49 and Pakistani Tanvir, 21 not out, made most runs against seamer Keswick Williams, who snared career-best figures of four for 37.
"I am very disappointed that we lost, but at the same time a team has got to win and Guyana was on the winning side," highlighted Gayle.
Match time is 6 p.m. Jamaica time.