St Kitts and Nevis Patriots created history on September 10 (Tuesday) when they chased down 242 runs in just 18.5 overs against Jamaica Tallawahs at the Warner Park. As a result, they now hold the record for the second-highest successful chase in T20 cricket.

Batting first, Jamaica rode on another emphatic century from Chris Gayle and a fifty from Chadwick Walton to post 241 runs on the board. The Universe Boss recorded his 22nd T20 century as they shared 18 sixes between them to post a towering total at the Warner Park.

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Gayle announced his return only in his second game with a 62-ball 116 that included seven fours and 10 sixes. He wasted no time to get going, taking on Fabian Allen in the first over with two fours and a six. But Alzarri Joseph removed Glenn Philips and Carlos Brathwaite bowled a superb first over that helped St Kitts and Nevis Patriots keep the Tallawahs to 47 in the batting powerplay.

CPL 2019: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots Create History, Chase Down 242 in Just 18.5 Overs
Chris Gayle. Credit: CPL

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Since then, Chris Gayle and Chadwick Walton picked up the pace. They added 165 runs for the second wicket off just 79 deliveries. Jamaica Tallawahs smashed 42 off the last three overs to smash 241 for four with Gayle bringing his fourth CPL hundred.

While it looked like Jamaica Tallawahs game in the innings break but St Kitts and Nevis Patriots had other plans. Evin Lewis put his hand up to take up the task putting the home side on course. He smashed the fastest half-century in CPL history – off 17 balls. By the time he got out in the sixth over St Kitts had 89 runs on the board.

Laurie Evans took over the baton from Lewis and kept going with the six-hitting spree. At the halfway stage, the home side had 133 runs giving the Tallawahs reason to worry. Oshane Thomas brought some smile to the face of the visiting team keeping the equation to 65 off the final six.

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But Fabian Allen (37* off 15 balls) and Shamarh Brooks (27* off 15) came hard to take St Kitts and Nevis Patriots home in the 19th over.


Ankush Das

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