7 August 2016; Jamaica Tallawahs champions of 2016 Match 34 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) – Final at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts. Photo by Randy Brooks/Sportsfile

Warriors: 923All Out

S Tanvir: 42 (37b 6*4); D Smith: 17 (22b 1*4, 1*6)

I Wasim: 3/21; K Williams: 2/12

Tallawahs: 95/1 in 12.5 overs winning by 9 wickets 

C Gayle: 54 (27b 3*4, 6*6); C Walton: 25* (36b 2*4)

R Emrit: 1/13

The Caribbean Premier League has provided loads of excitement and entertainment since its inauguration a few years ago. The 2016 edition has had its own spills and thrills as it set up an exciting final between the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the Jamaica Tallawahs in a showdown in Basseterre on Sunday.

However, this game failed to live up to its expectations as the Jamaica Tallawahs romped to a sensational victory in the finals of the tournament.

Having won the toss, Chris Gayle opted to field first and would have been ecstatic with his team’s performance in the first innings.

By the end of 8 overs, the Warriors were struggling at 59/4 having lost Dwayne Smith, C Lynn J Mohammed and N Maddinson for cheap scores.

Sohail Tanvir put in a decent performance with the bat and was the only Warrior’s batsman to have scored more than 20 runs in the innings. His 42 of 37 was the highest score for the Warriors while D Smith’s 17 was the second highest.

In the last 21 balls of the first innings, the Warriors lost 6 wickets and scored 22 runs as they folded out for just 93 runs in what was one of the worst performances in a league final.

7 August 2016; Kesrick Williams (L) Jamaica Tallawahs celebrates the dismissal of Steven Jacobs of Guyana Amazon Warriors during Match 34 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) – Final at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts. Photo by Randy Brooks/Sportsfile

The Tallawah’s bowlers shared the wickets with Imad Wasim picking up 3/25 in his 4 overs as they gave themselves a mediocre target of 93 for victory.

Chris Gayle, the Tallawah’s skipper was in no mood to stick around and though he started calmly, he took 35 runs in the 6th and 7th over of the innings scoring a 3rd of the required runs in just 2 overs.

7 August 2016; Chris Gayle of Jamaica Tallawahs celebrate winning Match 34 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) – Final at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts. Photo by Randy Brooks/Sportsfile

He went for one too many as he lost his wicket in the 10th over for 54 of just 27 balls but left just 15 runs needed for victory.

Sangakkara and C Walton, who finished unbeaten on 25, took their side home as they helped the Jamaican outfit lift their second Caribbean Premier League trophy.

Imad Wasim, who picked 3 important wickets and gave away just the 21 runs was awarded the man of the match trophy, while Andre Russell, the scorer of the fastest CPL century just a couple of days ago in a knock-out game was awarded the Man of the Tournament for his extraordinary performances consistently throughout the tournament helping his side to their second CPL title.


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