Chris Gayle smashed his 12th T20 century in Saturday in CPL (Caribbean Premier League). It was his first century in CPL and it’s the highest number of century scored by any batsman in T20 cricket. After him in 2nd and third position there are David Warner and Brendon McCullum who have scored five each. The powerful left-hander slammed 111 off just 63 deliveries – his first CPL hundred – as Jamaica Tallawahs, the defending champions, easily chased down their target off 162 off 19 overs, and with a seven-wicket win over St Lucia Zouks at the National Cricket Stadium in St. George’s, Grenada and kick started their campaign in the second edition of the Caribbean Premier League and by this they have sent a strong signal to their competition at the start of the 2014 edition of the regional Twenty20 tournament.
So far in his T20 cricket carrier this left-hander West-Indies giant have played 174 T20 matches for 13 teams, and with a strike rate of 148.14 is regarded as one of the most destructive batsmen in the format. However, ever since his record breaking 175 not out for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors India in 2013 Indian Premier League, he had gone 36 innings without scoring a century.
Although he has suffered from injury in recent months, showed no signs of discomfort in his outstanding innings of unbeaten 63-ball 111, in this innings he hit five fours and ten massive sixes, ripping into the hapless Zouks bowlers who had no answer to the onslaught.
Zokus won the toss and choose batting and scored 161 in 20 overs, but no good came out of this run, so called GAYLE STORM was meant to happen on Saturday, bowlers had no answer to it.
He posted 32 for the opening wicket with fellow Jamaican Chadwick Walton, who scored 23 from 12 balls, before dominating a 64-run second wicket stand with Jermaine Blackwood who got just eight, and posted another 55 runs for the third wicket with Australia’s Adam Voges who managed just 15.
Mickey Arthur, Jamaica’s coach, was full of praise for Gayle, who was adjudged as the Man of the Match. “It’s great to be a coach and have Chris on your team,” said Arthur. “I didn’t give him any instructions; he just went out on the pitch and put on a world-class display.”
Chris Gayle, who had aggregated 234 runs in nine innings in Jamaica’s victorious campaign last season, said, “I couldn’t ask for a better start to the tournament. Chadwick Walton (23 off 12 balls) gave us a great start and I’m happy I could build on that momentum to deliver the victory,”
Sammy said when asked about the defeat, “We thought 160 was a good total but Chris batted brilliantly. I prefer playing with him when he’s in that kind of form.”