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CPL 2019: Guyana Amazon Warriors Register Close Win Against St Lucia Zouks

A seventh-wicket 48-run partnership between Keemo Paul and Chris Green proved decisive as the Guyana Amazon Warriors beat the St Lucia Zouks by 13 runs to make a winning start to their 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign.

Cricketnext Staff |September 6, 2019, 9:50 AM IST
CPL 2019: Guyana Amazon Warriors Register Close Win Against St Lucia Zouks

A seventh-wicket 48-run partnership between Keemo Paul and Chris Green proved decisive as the Guyana Amazon Warriors beat the St Lucia Zouks by 13 runs to make a winning start to their 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign.

The Warriors had limped to 98/6 in the 16th over before the two all-rounders produced some fireworks to end the innings.

Green then added two wickets – including the crucial one of Rahkeem Cornwall – to complete a fine all-round display, while leg-spinner Shadab Khan took 3/16 from his four overs.

Cornwall, who made his West Indies Test debut last week, plundered 36 from just 13 balls before being pinned by a quicker full delivery from Green that thumped into the batsman’s boot on the full.

Green had by then already accounted for Andre McCarthy and Shadab had dismissed the dangerous Andre Fletcher in his first over.

Cornwall’s quick-fire start had got the Zouks well ahead of the rate but they kept losing wickets every time they looked poised to take control of the chase. Najibullah Zadran made a useful 23 and Shadab had his second wicket when Christopher Barnwell lunged forward only to be beaten and stumped.

That left Thisara Perera and Daren Sammy together for the Zouks. The early signs were promising but the boundaries dried up after that and the run-rate started to climb.

When Sammy and Perera fell in successive overs, both caught in the deep by Shimron Hetmyer off Shadab and Shepherd respectively, the game was up for the Zouks.

Krishmar Santokie briefly flickered the chase back into life by taking Laughlin for ten runs in his first two balls, but the wickets continued to fall regularly as the Zouks came up short.

In a Guyana innings that had bobbed along at around a run a ball for the most part, Paul launched three sixes and three fours in his 22-ball stay, with Green sending an Obed McCoy free-hit all the way over midwicket and adding two fours in the final over to lift the Warriors beyond 150.

Until that partnership it had been a frustratingly stop-start innings. Brandon King slapped the first ball of the night from Perera for four but added just three more from another eight balls before edging an attempted legside heave through to Fletcher off Kesrick Williams.

Setting the tone for much of what was to follow, Chandrapaul Hemraj looked to be finding his range when he smashed Santokie magnificently over cover for the first six of the night only to fall later that same over.

Hetmyer and captain Shoaib Malik opted for patient rebuilding after the loss of both openers, but neither man was able to kick on.

Hetmyer picked out deep cover off McCoy, and when Nicholas Pooran was bowled off the inside edge next ball McCoy was on a hat-trick and the Warriors right back in trouble.

Sherfane Rutherford survived the hat-trick ball and got a couple of eye-catching boundaries away before he too was dismissed. Malik followed suit shortly thereafter.

Paul and Shadab were dismissed in successive balls in the final over of the innings as McCoy found himself on a hat-trick for the second time in the night, but by then the Warriors had enough on the board.

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