Amazon Warriors down Tallawahs to remain unbeaten
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):
Guyana Amazon Warriors remained the only unbeaten side in the Caribbean Premier League when they brushed aside Jamaica Tallawahs by seven wickets in a low-scoring, top-of-the-table clash here Thursday night.
Opting to bowl first at the National Stadium in their opening home game, Amazon Warriors bundled out the powerful Tallawahs for a paltry 100 off 18 overs, with Man of the Match left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul claiming three for 25.
Left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir (2-11), pacer Rayad Emrit (2-17) and Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa (2-26) all supported with two wickets each.
Tallawahs were badly let down by their main batsmen as captain Chris Gayle got a first-ball 'duck' and Sri Lankan stroke-maker Kumar Sangakkara scored just nine.
It was left to rookie Rovman Powell to top score with 38 from 42 balls, with Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan weighing in with 25 from 23 balls.
In reply, Amazon Warriors slumped to 11 for two when they lost both openers cheaply before recovering to reach their target off exactly 18 overs.
Their victory was owed mainly to Aussie Chris Lynn who struck an unbeaten 39 off 35 deliveries, while Guyana wicketkeeper/batsman Anthony Bramble stroked 27 not out off 18 balls.
Lynn crunched a four and three sixes, while Bramble smashed a four and two sixes, as they dented Tallawahs' hopes of a come-from-behind win.
The pair put on 48 in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand after Jason Mohammed, who made 22, had earlier led the recovery in a 42-run partnership with Lynn.
With the win, Amazon Warriors stretched their record to 3-0, moving to six points to top the standings, while Tallawahs suffered their first defeat to remain second on four points.
Tallawahs were in early trouble with just a single run on the board when they lost their talisman Gayle to the second ball of the innings - leg before wicket to one from Tanvir which nipped back.