CPL 2022: Guyana Amazon Warriors beat Barbados Royals comprehensively to seal a berth in the first qualifier
Warriors beat Royals: Guyana Amazon Warriors beat Barbados Royals comprehensively in the last league game of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2022 to set up a rematch in the first qualifier on Tuesday. With this win, the Warriors stay unbeaten at home where the Providence Stadium in Guyana hosted the games.
Guyana Amazon Warriors skipper Shimron Hetmyer won the toss and opted to bowl first. The decision paid off as Romario Shepherd and Keemo Paul ran through the Royals’ top order. The Royals were reeling at 31/3 at the end of the powerplay. Azam Khan and Jason Holder started to resurrect the innings. Both put 51 between them before Khan was run out on 20 in the 11th over.
Najibullah Zadran departed without troubling the scorers and it provided an opening for the Warriors. Holder looked good for his 42 but his departure in the 14th over didn’t help the cause as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were bundled out on 125 in the 18th over. Shepherd starred with the ball for the Warriors, finishing with figures of 3/14 in his three overs. Paul and Odean Smith also chipped in with a couple of scalps as they did a fine job with the ball.
Chasing 126, the Warriors lost Chandrapaul Hemraj in the very first over on nought. Shai Hope looked good but it was a short stay for him as Holder trapped him in front of the stumps on 16. Rahmanullah Gurbaz joined hands with Shakib Al Hasan and led the fightback for the hosts. Shakib played aggressively and Gurbaz played the role of a second fiddle to perfection.
Shakib played some wonderful strokes and raced to his fifty in no time. He fell on 53 but not before laying a solid foundation for his team to chase down the total. Gurbaz was dismissed on 22 but not before taking his side to touching distance to the total as they got across the line in the 15th over to win the game by five wickets. Obed McCoy continued his good form with the ball and picked up two wickets but it wasn’t enough as they failed to defend the total.
Guyana Amazon Warriors finish the league stages of the CPL 2022 on a high
Warriors beat Barbados Royals as Guyana Amazon Warriors changed their fortunes at home. They had won only a single game out six but they turned the tables around in their home fixtures. They won all four games at home to seal a berth in the playoffs. The Warriors will face Barbados Royals in the first qualifier of the CPL 2022 at the same venue and will look to repeat their performance on Tuesday.
Barbados Royals failed to carry forward the winning momentum after beating St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in their last fixture. They were outplayed by the Warriors in their last league game and will look forward to seeking revenge against them in the first qualifier. They have looked good so far and will be eager to make it to the final this time around with the way they have been playing.
Player of the Match
Shakib Al Hasan was named the Player of the Match after Warriors beat Barbados Royals in the must win match.
Last three games we’ve been playing very well. Today was an important game for us. Puts us in second place. Most games spinners are doing the job for the team. Today fast bowlers put their hands up.– Shakib Al Hasan
We’ve found a platform in how we want to play. Seamers came in and did a fantastic job. They really executed the plans well. As I keep telling the guys, take one game at a time.– Shimron Hetmyer, Guyana Amazon Warriors Skipper
|Barbados Royals:||125 (17.3)|
|Best Performance||(Jason Holder 42, Azam Khan 20, Romario Shepherd 3/14)|
|Guyana Amazon Warriors:||126/5 (14.3)|
|Best Performance||(Shakib Al Hasan 53, Rahmanullah Gurbaz 22, Obed McCoy 2/22)|
|Match Result:||Guyana Amazon Warriors beat Barbados Royals by 5 wickets.|