Chris Gayle's runs, Dwayne Bravo's wickets and other Caribbean Premier League 2015 numbers
The third edition of the Caribbean Premier League, the domestic T20 competition in West Indies, concluded on July 26, 2015 with Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel led by Dwayne Brave defeating Barbados Tridents led by Kieron Pollard in the final of the tournament.
Barbados Tridents were the defending champions going into this edition after winning the last edition in 2014. But Dwayne Bravo’s men produced a victory by 20 runs, defending a total of 178. Tridents were 120 for 4 at the end of 15 overs and 59 were needed off the last five overs. The skipper Pollard was at the crease but couldn’t do enough to defend the title.
The final was played at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel’s home ground, and the audience got what they all come there for.
With the successful completion of CPL 2015, let’s take a look at the important numbers of the tournament.
430 – Number of runs scored by Chris Gayle batting for Jamaica Tallawahs, at an average of 61.42 in 10 innings, including one century and three fifties, having a strike rate of 160.44 and best of 105, the highest in the tournament. The next highest run-getter was Andre Fletcher with 369 runs for St Lucia Zouks in as many innings as Gayle’s.
61.42 – The highest batting average in the tournament by Chris Gayle. He batted in 10 innings, and was not out in 3 of those.
160.44 – The best strike in the tournament also by Chris Gayle amongst all who faced at least 50 balls. Without any minimum cut-offs, the highest was 200.00 by Navin Stewart of Barbados Tridents who scored 18 runs in 9 balls in his 4 innings.
105 – The highest individual score in an innings in the tournament by also by Chris Gayle for Jamaica Tallawahs against Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel in 57 balls including 6 fours and 9 sixes at Kingston on July 9, 2015. This was the only century in the tournament. The next highest score was also by Chris Gayle, 90* off 36 against St Lucia Zouks.
He, in fact, had a sequence of scores of 90*, 72*, 8, 64* and 105.
4 – The number of 50+ scores by Chris Gayle for Jamaica Tallawahs, Andre Fletcher for St Lucia Zouks and Marlon Samuels for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots the most amongst all the batsmen. Chris Gayle’s had one century while others had all their 50+ scores less than 99.
33 – The number of sixes hit by Chris Gayle, the most by anyone. Next highest were 21 by Dwayne Bravo.
35 – The number of fours hit by Jacques Kallis for Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, most by anyone in the tournament. Lendl Simmons was the next with 32 fours.
138 – The partnership between Andre Fletcher and Kevin Pietersen for St Lucia Zouks against Barbados Tridents for the 2nd wicket at Basseterre on July 3, 2015, highest in the tournament. There were three more century partnerships. Two were between Walton and Gayle for Tallawahs, both against Zouks.
28 – The number of wickets by Dwayne Bravo in the tournament, highest by any one. He played 13 matches. The next highest figure was quite far – 16 by Krishmar Santokie for Jamaica Tallawahs in 10 matches.
5/23 – Best bowling figures in the tournament, by Dwayne Bravo against the Tallawahs at Port of Spain on July 23, 2015. The only other five-wicket haul in the tournament was by David Wiese for Guyana Amazon Warriors against the Tridents at Providence on July 18, 2015.
11.00 – Best bowling average for a minimum cut-off of 20 overs in the tournament, by Devendra Bishoo for Guyana Amazon Warriors in 7 matches, bowling 25.5 overs. Without any limitations, the best was 8.85 by Ajantha Mendis for Tridents, bowling 12 overs in 4 matches.
4.94 – Economy rate of Sunil Narine in the tournament, which is the best without any cut offs. He bowled 39 overs in 10 games, conceding 193 runs.
9.57 – Bowling Strike Rate of Dwayne Bravo, which is the best in the tournament amongst all who bowled at least 20 overs. Without any qualifications, the best was 6.00 by Dwayne Smith who picked 1 wicket in 1 over he bowled in the tournament.
59 – Most runs conceded in a match in the tournament. It was Ravi Rampaul bowling four overs for Tridents against Red Steel at Port of Spain on July 16, 2015. Rampaul was expensive in the final as well involving the same opposition at the same venue. He conceded 47 runs in the final in just 3 overs. His team lost both the matches.
He is the only one who conceded more than 45 runs twice in the tournament.
12 – Most number of catches by a fielder in the tournament, by Johan Botha of Red Steel in 13 matches. Cameron Delport of Red Steel was the next best fielder with 10 catches; both South Africans.
14 – Most number of dismissals by a wicketkeeper in the tournament, by Denesh Ramdin in 10 matches. Interestingly the next best is just 7 by Kamran Akmal in 13 matches.