Brandon King's 57-ball 77, followed by economical spells from Gudakesh Motie, Odean Smith and Naveen-ul-Haq helped Guyana Amazon Warriors beat Saint Lucia Kings by 17 runs in Match 22 of the Caribbean Premier League 2021 at Warner Park on Thursday (September 9). With this win, the Warriors moved back into the top four of the points table.
The Warriors won the toss and elected to bat first, but they had to overcome an early wobble to post a competitive total of 151/6 in their 20 overs. Opener King smashed eight fours and three sixes during his stay in the middle.
In reply, the Kings looked as if they were in cruise control when Roston Chase and Tim David put together a big partnership but excellent death bowling tightened the screws and the Kings succumbed to the pressure.
Having been supplanted in the top four by Jamaica Tallawahs earlier in the day, Guyana needed a win to reignite their competition. However, three early wickets in the Powerplay put them on the backfoot as Wahab Riaz and Jeavor Royal made the early breakthroughs.
King came to the Warriors rescue with his first half-century of the season but other than Nicholas Pooran’s 25 no batsman was able to stick with King. Once King fell for his sparkling 77, Smith was able to add some maximums to take Guyana to a challenging total.
Saint Lucia Kings were circumspect in their early reply and found themselves three wickets down with 43 runs on the board. Gudakesh Motie’s parsimonious spin bowling saw him take 2/12 from his four overs to keep the Warriors well in the hunt.
Chase (33-ball 40) and David (42-ball 47) put together a boundary laden partnership of 75 from 63 balls but just as it seemed they would take the Kings home, Naveen and Smith bowled four excellent overs to seal two crucial points for the Warriors.
(With inputs from CPL media release)