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Sohail Tanvir, Dwayne Smith get Guyana off to a winning start

Dwayne Smith (right) celebrating his fifty for Guyana Amazon Warriors.
Dwayne Smith (right) celebrating his fifty for Guyana Amazon Warriors.
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Guyana Amazon Warriors 165-6 (Smith 62) beat
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 164-9 (Hodge 38) by four wickets
Second Match, Caribbean Premier League, St Kitts

After Sohail Tanvir’s four-wicket haul restricted St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to 164 for nine Dwayne Smith struck a sparkling 36-ball 62 at the top of the order as Guyana Amazon Warriors secured a four-wicket win in the second match of the Caribbean Premier League in St Kitts.

Guyana Amazon Warriors opted to bowl first after winning the toss and took three quick wickets to reduce St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to 39 for three in the powerplay.

The spinners strangled the scoring rate even further and accounted for the wicket of Faf du Plessis (30) as St Kitts and Nevis Patriots reached 56 for four at the halfway mark.

A 60-run stand between Brad Hodge (38) and Devon Thomas (38) helped the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots cross the three-figure mark.

Hodge smashed four boundaries and a six in his knock while Thomas hit four sixes and a boundary. The partnership broke in the 15th over.

Despite losing wickets towards the end, a cameo from Thisara Perera (20) helped St Kitts the Patriots score 164 for nine in 20 overs. Tanvir (4-20) was the pick of the Guyana bowlers.

Martin Guptill (22) and Smith (62) got Guyana Amazon Warriors off to the perfect start with a 62-run opening stand in six overs. Guptill fell in the sixth over after a 16-ball cameo.

Despite the spinners pulling the run rate down, Smith struck two sixes in the 10th over to complete his fifty and took the score to 90 for one at the halfway mark.

Smith and Chris Lynn (6) fell in the 11th over while Chris Barnwell (5) was caught behind in the 14th.
However, Jason Mohammed (42 not out) struck three fours in the 15th over, bringing down the equation to 47 needed from 30 balls.

Despite losing Anthony Bramble (14) and Tanvir (8), Mohammed stayed unbeaten to guide Guyana Amazon Warriors to a four-wicket win with one ball to spare. Smith was the man of the match.

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