Guyana Warriors finally manage to open account in CPL 2017
Guyana Amazon Warriors 153-4 (Mohammed 38) beat
St Lucia Stars 152-8 (Charles 53) by six wickets
12th match, Caribbean Premier League, Gros Islet
Rayad Emrit picked a four wicket haul while Gajanand Singh played a responsible innings as Guyana Amazon Warriors registered their first win of the Caribbean Premier League 2017 as they chased 153 against St Lucia Stars at Gros Islet.
St Lucia Stars won the toss and decided to bat first. Johnson Charles (53) and Andre Fletcher (13) provided a solid 22 run opening stand off 14 deliveries before Sohail Tanvir (1-36) accounted for the latter.
Charles struck two more sixes and a boundary as St Lucia reached 47 for two at the end of the powerplay. Shane Watson (32) gave a solid support to Charles, who completed a 29-ball half-century and the hosts looked comfortable at 90 for two at halfway mark.
The introduction of Rashid Khan (2-9) changed the complexion of the game as he conceded just nine runs in four overs while also snaring the wickets of Charles and Kamran Akmal (2). In the last 10 overs, St Lucia managed just 62 runs as they were restricted to 152 for eight in the 20 overs.
In the chase, Chadwick Walton (33) and Martin Guptill (23) provided a solid start but the Guyana skipper struggled to get going in his 28 ball knock that had a four and a six apiece.
Walton, who scored 33 out of the 39 run opening stand fell in the sixth over to Jerome Taylor (1-28) with Babar Azam (12) and Guptill also falling in quick succession. At halfway mark, Guyana needed 83 runs with eight wickets in hand.
This is when Jason Mohammed (38) and Gajanand Singh (35 not out) shared a 57 run stand that put them in course of victory, which they eventually completed in 19.5 overs with six wickets in hand.
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