Hero CPL | Vibrant home crowd cheers Amazon Warriors to second place
Guyana Amazon Warriors completed the perfect set of home victories in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a comprehensive defeat of the table topping Barbados Royals.
Guyana Amazon Warriors 126/5 (14.4 ov)
Barbados Royals 125/10 (17.3 ov)
Guyana Amazon Warriors won by 5 wickets
The victory means the two teams will do it all again on Tuesday in the first qualifier.
The Amazon Warriors won the toss and opted to field first, and that proved to be an inspired decision. On a fresh surface their seamers wreaked havoc taking three wickets inside the PowerPlay to leave the Royals in disarray.
Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and the 125 the Royals mustered was never likely to be enough on a track that offered good value for positive stroke play.
The Royals were able to take two early wickets of their own when they had their turn to bowl restricting the Amazon Warriors to 18/2 but that was as good as it got.
Shakib Al-Hasan produced a scintillating half century to put the Amazon Warriors on the cusp of victory and the remaining batters saw the chase home to win the game inside 15 overs.
What a performance! For the second evening running, Shakib al Hasan receives the well-deserved @Dream11 MVP award! Having taken a wicket in the first innings, he then smashed 53 from 30 balls. #CPL22 #GAWvBR #CricketPlayedLouder #Dream11 #BiggestPartyInSport pic.twitter.com/AiHqduqqXf— CPL T20 (@CPL) September 26, 2022
Earlier Guyana Amazon Warriors had utilised the movement on offer to unleash their cadre of seamers on the Royals. Romario Shepherd, Keemo Paul and Odean Smith all weighed in with wickets to leave the Royals 97/9 and it was only late cameos from Ramon Simmonds and Mujeeb Ur Rahman that enabled the Royals to post 125.
Although the Amazon Warriors lost Chandrapaul Hemraj and Shai Hope in the PowerPlay, Shakib played an enterprising innings to take the drama out of the chase. His knock of 53 came off 30 balls and laid the foundation for the Amazon Warriors to win with five over to spare.
The two sides will now do battle again in the first qualifier on Tuesday to determine who will earn the right to go straight to the Hero CPL final.
Barbados Royals: Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Kyle Mayers - 0.4 ov), 2-2 (Rahkeem Cornwall - 1.1 ov), 3-8 (Harry Tector - 1.6 ov), 4-59 (Azam Khan - 10.3 ov), 5-60 (Najibullah Zadran - 10.5 ov), 6-77 (Devon Thomas - 12.6 ov), 7-83 (Jason Holder - 13.3 ov), 8-87 (Joshua Bishop - 14.1 ov), 9-97 (Obed McCoy - 14.4 ov), 10-125 (Mujeeb Ur Rahman - 17.3 ov)
Guyana Amazon Warriors: Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Chandrapaul Hemraj - 0.6 ov), 2-18 (Shai Hope - 3.4 ov), 3-97 (Shakib Al Hasan - 10.6 ov), 4-107 (Shimron Hetmyer - 11.5 ov), 5-124 (Rahmanullah Gurbaz - 14.1 ov)
Guyana Amazon Warriors: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer (C), Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shakib Al Hasan, Odean Smith, Romario Shepherd, Keemo Paul, Imran Tahir, Gudakesh Motie, Junior Sinclair
Barbados Royals: Devon Thomas (WK), Kyle Mayers (C), Najibullah Zadran, Azam Khan, Harry Tector, Jason Holder, Rahkeem Cornwall, Obed McCoy, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Joshua Bishop, Ramon Simmonds
Date: 26, 2022 00:00
Venue: Providence Stadium, Guyana, Providence
Toss:Guyana Amazon Warriors won the toss & elected to field
Officials: Umpires: Leslie Reifer (West Indies) Nigel Duguid (West Indies)
Match Referee: Reon King (West Indies)
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