Caribbean Premier League is slowly getting more competitive and has produced a sizzling encounter on Saturday between Guyana Amazon Warriors and Jamaica Tallawahs.
Chris Gayle won the toss and decided to set the Warriors into bat at Kingston. It proved to a be a decent decision as Dale Steyn got Martin Guptil for naught in the second over. Just two overs later, Dwayne Smith was gone for 11 but Chris Lynn looked in good touch as he and J Mohammed took them past 50 in the 8th over.
Lynn looked comfortable hitting 33 of just 18 balls but tried one shot too many as he holed out at long-on in the 9th over.
A Bramble joined Mohammed in the middle but both batsmen found it hard to time the ball and were not able to score boundaries which saw the run rate go below 6 by the end of the 13th over.
Bramble tried to take on Sakib al Hasan in the next over and perished for 6 leaving the Warriors trailing at 86/4 after 14 overs. Wickets kept tumbling at one end as the Warriors managed just 37 runs in the last 5 overs to set the Tallawahs a target of 129 thanks to a late cameo from Sohail Tanvir who scored 15 of just 11 balls and a matured innings from Mohammed who scored 46 of 51 balls.
The target never looked enough, especially with the strong batting lineup the Tallawahs. But the home side were not able to open with the hard-hitting Chris Gayle who was off the field from the 17th over for some medical reasons.
C Walton and A McCarthy opened the innings for the Tallawahs but it was as disastrous a start a chase can get for the batting side. They lost Walton in the 2nd ball of the innings while McCarthy was out run out the next ball after some lazy running. In cam R Powell who batted just the two balls before edging one to the keeper leaving the Tallawahs at 2/3 by the end of the first over.
It did not end there as Kumar Sangakkara nicked one through to the keeper in the first ball of the 2nd over as Ali Khan, a debutant in the CPL got his first wicket of his first delivery leaving the batting side reeling at 2/4.
However, the required target was not out of reach as Andre Russel and Sakib al Hasan steadied the ship till the end of the fifth over and took the score to 45/4. Russel however lost his wicket on the last ball of the 5th over and Tallawahs were once again reduced to 45/5.
Chris Gayle finally came into bat and played a captain’s innings along with Sakib al Hasan as the duo stuck into the bowlers and chased the target down with almost 5 overs to spare.
Gayle ended the game with a six that took him to 45 while Sakib al Hasan scored a half century quietly to lift his side to a victory and also won the man of the match award for his troubles.
This is the Warrior’s second loss in the competition but they stand firm in the first place while the Tallawahs moved to the second place, 3 point away from the Warriors.
Here is the brief scorecard:
J Mohammed: 46 (51b 1*4, 2*6); C Lynn: 33 (18b 5*4, 1*6)
I Wasim: 2/12; D Steyn: 2/31
Sakib al Hasan: 54 (47b 7*4); C Gayle: 45 (29b 2*4, 4*6)
S Tanvir: 2/14; V Permaul: 1/27