CPL 2021: Guyana Amazon Warriors beat TKR by 9 runs within the event opener.© Twitter
Guyana Amazon Warriors kicked off the 2021 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a nine-run win over defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders on Thursday. The Knight Riders received the toss and put the Amazon Warriors into bat and regardless of Shimron Hetmyer’s half-century, they have been in a position to prohibit their opponents to 142/7. Nevertheless, the Amazon Warriors produced a superb displaying with the ball, taking wickets at common intervals to get their marketing campaign off to a profitable begin. The Amazon Warriors started their innings properly with Chandrapaul Hemraj putting two sixes however he was despatched packing by Sunil Narine.
The Amazon Warriors then sprung a shock with the hard-hitting Odean Smith coming into bat at quantity three to maximise the PowerPlay overs.
Smith justified his promotion with 24 runs from 15 balls however as soon as he fell, the Amazon Warriors innings misplaced impetus leaving them struggling on the midway stage on 57/3.
When Isuru Udana eliminated Shoaib Malik for a laboured 2 runs from 12 balls and Akeal Hosein removed Mohammed Hafeez shortly afterwards it regarded as if Guyana would wrestle to put up a aggressive rating.
Skipper Nicholas Pooran walked in with 5 overs remaining and tried to up the ante with Shimron Hetmyer however the captain then fell to a shocking catch from Darren Bravo on the boundary.
Vice-captain Hetmyer, who had anchored the innings all through, cashed in on the dying with some lusty blows to attain the primary half-century of CPL 2021 and ensured Guyana ended with a preventing whole.
Regardless of dropping the wickets of Lendl Simmons and Colin Munro within the PowerPlay the Knight Riders have been forward of the sport on the finish of the 6 overs.
The turning level got here with the introduction of Imran Tahir as he eliminated each Sunil Narine and Bravo in fast succession and the Amazon Warriors then continued to take wickets at common intervals.
Knight Riders quickly discovered themselves at 78/5 after 12 overs and it went from dangerous to worse for the defending champs when Romario Shepherd acquired Kieron Pollard to nick one behind to Pooran for two runs.
Late hitting from Dinesh Ramdin stored the Knight Riders within the sport however when he fell to a wise catch from Malik all hope was misplaced.
Temporary Scores: Guyana Amazon Warriors 142/7 (Hetmyer 54, Odean Smith; Narine 2-17) vs Trinbago Knight Riders 133/9 (Denesh Ramdin 28; Romario Shepherd 3-15)
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