Kumar Sangakkara and others laud ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle for his 18th T20 ton

It was one of the most anticipated games of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2016. The two star-studded sides, Trinbago Knight Riders (TKK) and Jamaica Tallawahs (JT) clashed in the seventh game of the tournament at former’s home ground at Port of Spain. Hashim Amla’s 52-ball 74 powered TKK to 191. His blitz was well supported my Brendon McCullum’s hurricane 18-ball 35 and fellow Kiwi Colin Munro backed up his previous game’s hundred with a 39-ball 55. ALSO READ: Chris Gayle: 12 interesting things to know about the Caribbean Juggernaut

Jamaica’s star bowler Dale Steyn went for 56 from his four overs and even the reliable Shakib Al Hasan got clobbered for 26 from his two overs.

No total is safe when the opposition ranks feature names like Chris Gayle, Kumar Sangakkara and Andre Russell. However, the Universe Boss required little support from the other luminaries. Unarguably the greatest Twenty20 batsman of all-time, Gayle smashed an unbeaten 108 from 54 balls to power JT to a seven-wicket win. READ MORE: Chris Gayle slams media; says he is inspired by himself and asks critics to kiss his Black Rass

Sangakkara and Russell played handy knocks of 20 and 24 respectively but it was an out-and-out Gayle show. JT won with 10 balls to spare and surprisingly, TKK’s Sunil Narine finished with nine runs from his four overs, claiming the wicket of Sangakkara. Despite Narine’s brilliance with the leather, Gayle pulled off the win comfortably.

Teammate Sangakkara, one of the greatest in the game, lauded Gayle’s efforts and his tweets were followed my many others in the cyberspace.