St Kitts and Nevis Patriots got their first win of the CPL 2019 during their first home fixture which turned out to be one of the highest-scoring matches ever in the T20 format. Jamaica Tallawahs made a mockery of a weak bowling line-up of the home team. Chris Gayle’s 62-ball 116 and Chadwick Walton’s 36-ball 73 powered the visitors to a record CPL total of 241/4. The Jamaica team didn’t take long to know that their total wasn’t enough for a win as Evin Lewis recorded the fastest CPL fifty.
Lewis scored 53 from only 18 balls while his opening partner Devon Thomas struck a 40-ball-71 as they added 86 for the first wicket in only 5.3 overs. Laurie Evans too chipped in with a 20-ball 40 as the hosts raced to 176/2 by end of 13th over. When the required rate was under 10, the pacer Oshane Thomas took three wickets in a single over to bring back Tallawahs into the game. However, Fabian Allen’s unbeaten 37 from only 15 deliveries powered the Patriots to a 4-wicket win with 7 balls to spare.
All the statistical highlights from a high-scoring CPL match at the Warner Park in Basseterre:
0 – Number of team totals in excess of 230 in the history of Caribbean Premier League before this match. The Jamaica Tallawahs made 241/4 while the SKN Patriots finished on 242/6 in the reply.
17 – Evin Lewis’ 17-ball fifty is the fastest half-century in CPL history. Sohail Tanvir in 2014 and Kieron Pollard in 2018 scored fifties from 18 balls while playing for the St Lucia franchise.
21 – The 21 sixes hit by Jamaica Tallawahs are the joint 3rd most in a Twenty20 inning and easily the most number of sixes hit by a team in a CPL match. The Trinbago Knight Riders’ 18 sixes in the last year’s game against St Lucia Stars were the previous most sixes in a team inning in the CPL.
22 – Number of centuries for Chris Gayle in the Twenty20 format; as many as 14 more than the next best Michael Klinger (8). Gayle’s last century came back in the 2018 IPL against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. The hundred in this game was Gayle’s 6th ton in a T20 defeat.
37 – As many as 37 sixes were hit during this match are the joint-most number of sixes hit during a Twenty20 game. The last year’s APL T20 match between Balkh Legends and Kabul Zwanan also recorded 37 maximums.
4/53 – Oshane Thomas’ 4/53 is the 2nd most expensive 4-wicket haul in the history of Twenty20 cricket. Karanveer Singh in the 2014 IPL final and Aftab Alam during the 2017 Afghanistan domestic T20 had figures of 4/54.
116 – Chris Gayle’s 116 in this match is the 2nd highest individual score in the CPL. Andre Russell scored an unbeaten 121 also for the Tallawahs during the last edition’s game against TKR.
162 – The 162-run partnership between Chris Gayle and Chadwick Walton is the highest stand for any wicket in the CPL. Marlon Samuels and O Peters added an unbeaten 161-run partnership for the 4th wicket against Guyana in 2014 for Antigua while Andre Russell and K Lewis pair shared 161 for the 6th during last season’s game against TKR also for the Tallawahs.
242 – The successful chase of 242-run target by St Kitts and Nevis Patriots is the 2nd highest successful run-chase in Twenty20 history. The highest is 244 by Australia in the 2018 Auckland T20I against New Zealand.
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