Tanvir, Lynn propel Guyana Amazon Warriors to CPL Final
Guyana Amazon Warriors 150-6 (Lynn 49) beat
Jamaica Tallawahs 146-8 (Gayle 33) by four wickets
First Playoff, Caribbean Premier League, St Kitts
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An all-round display from Sohail Tanvir and a knock of 49 from Chris Lynn helped Guyana Amazon Warriors chase a target of 147 runs in 19.4 overs, securing a four-wicket win over Jamaica Tallawahs in the rain affected first playoff of the Caribbean Premier League in St Kitts, which took them into the final.
Guyana Amazon Warriors opted to field first after winning the toss. Chadwick Walton (16) fell inside the powerplay, caught by Jason Mohammed off Rayad Emrit’s (3-30) bowling.
Chris Gayle (33) kept the scoreboard ticking along with Kumar Sangakkara (20). Gayle was castled by Chris Barnwell (1-13) at the half-way mark, reducing Jamaica Tallawahs to 72 for two. Runs were hard to come by as Guyana Amazon Warriors bowled a tight line.
Sangakkara fell in the 13th over while Rovman Powell (23) was dismissed in the 16th. From there, wickets fell in regular intervals as Guyana Amazon Warriors restricted Jamaica Tallawahs to 146 for eight in 20 overs.
In the chase, Guyana Amazon Warriors lost Nic Maddinson (14) after a brief cameo. The rain came down after the wicket and halted the play.
When the game finally resumed, Guyana were tied down by some tight bowling. There was another brief rain interruption in the sixth over, by the end of which Guyana Amazon Warriors reached 41 for one.
No boundaries were conceded by Jamaica Tallawahs in the next four overs while they accounted for the wicket of Dwayne Smith (16). At the half-way mark, Guyana Amazon Warriors needed 83 runs with eight wickets in hand.
Mohammed (13) and Lynn (49) shared a 33-run stand but were unable to keep up with the asking rate. Mohammed was dismissed in the 14th over.
With the score at 90 for three after 14 overs, the rain came down once again. After the resumption, Guyana Amazon Warriors lost Barnwell (4), Lynn and Anthony Bramble (6) in the space of three overs.
Emrit (11 not out) and Tanvir (21 not out) scored 24 runs in the next two overs, leaving six runs to be scored from the last over.
With a six in the last over, Tanvir took Guyana Amazon Warriors into the final with a four-wicket win. Tanvir was the man of the match for his all-round effort.