Gayle smashed his 22nd T20 ton.
Led by Chris Gayle's 22nd T20 century and a 73 off 36 balls from Chadwick Walton - both hitting 18 sixes between them - Jamaica Tallawahs posted 241/4 in 20 overs, the highest ever total in the history of the Caribbean Premier League. That record, however, would only last for a couple of hours as St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots chased it down with seven balls and four wickets to spare in a record-breaking day at the Warner Park in St. Kitts.
Much to the dismay of the home fans, Gayle announced his return in just his second appearance for Jamaica Tallawahs (where he played for between 2013 and 2016) this year, 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. Alzarri Joseph removed Glenn Philips and Carlos Brathwaite bowled a superb first over that kept the Tallawahs to 47 in the batting powerplay.
But the Tallawahs picked up pace with Gayle and Chadwick Walton in the middle, as they added 165 runs for the second wicket off just 79 deliveries. Walton went toe-to-toe with Gayle in a sixes-laden partnership, as he also smashed eight sixes in fiery half-century. Walton fell at the start of the 18th over, but Gayle kept going to get his fourth CPL hundred. Tallawahs smashed 42 off the last three overs to smash 241 for 4, and went into the innings break with the likelihood of opening their account in the points table.
The top-four batters of the home side, however, had other ideas. Evin Lewis put his hand up to take up the task of putting St. Kitts on course in the tall chase by smashing the fastest half-century in CPL history - off 17 balls. He and his opening partner Devon Thomas cashed in on the early field restrictions, as the last four of the powerplay fetched 15, 21, 23 and 14 runs. Even as Lewis fell in the last of those overs, St. Kitts had 89 runs on the board.
Laurie Evans took forward the six-hitting baton from Lewis to keep his team ahead of the eight-ball. At the halfway stage, the home side had 133 runs in their credit gave Rovman Powell a reason to worry. Evans was even offered a reprieve in the 11th over as George Worker dropped a sitter, but Oshane Thomas ended his blitz in the 12th over. He caused a further stir with a three-wicket over - ending Devon Thomas's essay of 71 and then taking out Carlos Brathwaite and Jason Mohammed for ducks.
With 65 to get from the last six overs, St. Kitts relied on match-winning cameos from Fabian Allen (37* off 15 balls) and Shamarh Brooks (27* off 15) as they took their side home in the 49th over.
Brief Scores: Jamaica Tallawahs 241/4 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 116, Chadwick Walton 73; Fabian Allen 2-30) lost to St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots 242/6 in 18.5 overs (Devon Thomas 71, Evin Lewis 53, Laurie Evans 41; Oshane Thomas 4-53) by 4 wickets