Clinical Amazon Warriors upstage Stars

In a low-scoring encounter, Sohail Tanvir (38) and Jason Mohammed’s (42 not out) calm hands paved the way for Guyana Amazon Warriors’ crucial seven-wicket win over St. Lucia Stars in a Caribbean Premier League game played on Wednesday (August 23). Rashid Khan and Rayad Emrit also played key roles by taking two scalps each.

While chasing down a paltry target of 101, Rahkeem Cornwall and Jerome Taylor had bagged a scalp each to reduce the hosts to 22 for 2. However, Tanvir calmed down the nerves in the home team’s camp by clubbing Eddie Leie for a four and a six in the fifth over.

Jason, his partner at the other end, joined in the act by collecting a four off Mitchell McClenaghan and Cornwall in successive overs.

Shane Shillingford then prised out Tanvir LBW, but it came a little too late for the visitors to stage a comeback. Jason and Gajanand Singh shared an unbeaten stand of 28 for the fourth wicket to steer Amazon Warriors home with 32 balls to spare.

Earlier, Stars had a poor start as they lost two wickets in the first two overs. On a slow wicket, Jesse Ryder tried to resurrect the innings before he was run-out in the 11th over, looking for a non-existent second run.

Rashid, Emrit and Veerasammy Permaul bowled with discipline in the middle and slog overs to ensure Stars would end up with a modest total.

Other than Ryder, Darren Sammy was the only batsman from the visitors’ camp who was able to adjust to the conditions before he was adjudged LBW off Rashid. Sammy, however, was unlucky as he had eked out an inside edge.

With the victory, Amazon Warriors kept their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs alive. The home side has six points from eight matches, while Stars have collected just one point from eight games and are languishing at the bottom of the table.

Brief scores: St. Lucia Stars 100/7 in 20 overs (Jesse Ryder 29; Rashid Khan 2-19) lost to Guyana Amazon Warriors 101/3 in 14.4 overs (Jason Mohammed 42*, Sohail Tanvir 38; Jerome Taylor 1-13) by 7 wickets.

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