Spinners bowl Guyana Amazon Warriors to victory
Guyana Amazon Warriors maintained their unbeaten streak in the 2016 Caribbean Premier League after their bowlers dismissed Jamaica Tallawahs for 100 runs and later chased down the target with seven wickets in hand in the ninth game at Providence Stadium.
Guyana Amazon Warriors won the toss and elected to field first. They brought Steven Jacobs in the place of Paul Wintz while Jamaica Tallawahs were dealt a major blow with the injury of Andre Russell, who is likely to miss atleast two games.
Chris Gayle (0) registered his first duck in the history of the tournament after he was trapped lbw by Sohail Tanvir (2-11) in the second delivery of the innings.
After a couple of quiet overs, Kumar Sangakkara (9) smashed the first six of the game in the fourth over to take the Jamaica Tallawahs to 23 for one.
However, Veerasammy Permaul (3-20) struck twice in consecutive deliveries in the fifth over to dismiss both Sangakkara and Chadwick Walton (12). By the end of the powerplay, Jamaica Tallawahs were placed at 29 for three.
Rovman Powell (38) and Shakib Al Hasan (25) were the only batsmen to cross a score of 15 in the innings as they added 51 runs for the fourth wicket to take the total to 75 in the 13th over.
With the spinners in operation, the middle and lower order capitulated as Jamaica Tallawahs lost the last seven wickets for 25 runs and were bowled out for 100 in 18 overs.
Adam Zampa (2-26) and Rayad Emrit (2-17) were the other wicket-takers apart from Tanvir and Permaul.
In the chase, Guyana Amazon Warriors lost both their openers, Martin Guptill (5) and Dwayne Smith (4) in the fourth over bowled by Imad Wasim (2-6), who registered the best figures by a bowler in this edition of the tournament.
Despite, spin taking the centre stage, Chris Lynn (39 not out) and Jason Mohammad (22) steadied the innings with a 42-run stand for the third wicket.
With runs not coming easily off the spinners, the required-run-rate reached seven and the pressure eventually got to Mohammad, who was trapped lbw by Shakib (1-21).
Guyana Amazon Warriors needed 47 runs to win off the final six overs and that's when Anthony Bramble (27 not out) and Lynn decided to up the ante scoring three sixes and a boundary in the next two overs to release the pressure.
The pair eventually took the Guyana Amazon Warriors home with their unbeaten 48-run stand allowing the home team to reach the target in 18 overs with seven wickets in hand.
The win has also taken Guyana to the top of the table with three wins from as many games while Jamaica now move to second. Permaul bagged the man of the match award.
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