Sohail Tanvir five-fer keeps Warriors in the hunt

Sohail Tanvir and Rashid Khan ran through the Barbados Tridents’ line-up to script a massive 99-run win for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the return fixture of Caribbean Premier League 2017, on Tuesday (August 29). Set to chase a modest 159, the home team collapsed to 59 all out inside 14 overs to slip to their fifth loss in seven games thus far, and second on the trot to Warriors.

Pakistan pacer Tanvir was the pick of the bowlers with only his third five-fer in T20 cricket (5 for 3), while Afghanistan leggie Rashid registered his best figures of the season (3 for 15).

Tavir was particularly impressive in his opening burst, dismissing four key batsmen at the top for just two runs. He struck in the very first over to dent Tridents’ chase early by taking out Kane Williamson on the fifth ball, having beaten him four times in a row. The home side had barely recovered when the Pakistan pacer returned to send the other opener, Dwayne Smith, packing in his succeeding over.

It was, however, in his third over of the day that Tanvir turned the game on its head. Already reeling at 14 for 3, Tridents’ chase was as good as over when Tanvir added the scalps of Eoin Morgan and Kieron Pollard to his tally, off successive balls. The English skipper was trapped leg-before for a first-ball duck and the Tridents day went from bad to worse next ball as Tanvir induced an outside edge off the in-form Pollard to finish with figures of 3-1-2-4 in his opening spell.

Nicholas Pooran, Trident’s only hope to pull off a miracle after the top-order capitulation, denied Tanvir a hat-trick but became Rashid’s first victim in the day after a brief rain break. The batsman holed out to Chadwick Walton at long-off to leave Tridents at 31 for 6 in the eighth over. Wayne Parnell was the last straw, also dismissed to the leg-spinner in the 12th over.

Akeal Hosein top scored in home team’s dismal batting display with 17. Tanvir returned for his final over of the day to add the wicket of Wahab Riaz, finishing with 5 for 3 – the second best figures in CPL history. All Tridents could manage was a measly 59 in reply – the second lowest total across editions.

Put in to bat earlier in the day, Warriors started with the aggressive intent but lost both Tanvir and Walton in successive overs before Luke Ronchi’s brisk 24 off 13 put them back on track. The visitors had 58 on the board at the end of powerplay, shortly before the spinners slowed them down.

Legspinner Imran Khan got the breakthrough in the following over by removing the New Zealand wicketkeeper. Hosein added to Warriors’ troubles by inducing an edge off Gajanand Singh to reduce them to 65 for 4 before rain forced players off the field for 35 minutes.

Warriors resumed cautiously before Jason Mohammed and Assad Fudadin hit a six and a boundary each to arrest the sharp dip in run rate. The duo added 42 to the fifth-wicket stand before the latter offered a straightforward catch to Pollard, running in from long-off.

The 18th over of the innings gave Warriors the impetus they needed as Jason plundered 14 off three balls off Ravi Rampaul. The bowler had his revenge in the same over when the top-scorer in Warriors’ innings mis-hit one in his attempt to fetch quick runs, only to be caught three short of a fifty.

Roshon Primus provided the finishing touches with back to back sixes off Riaz in the penultimate over to set up his side for a 150-plus score that seemed below par at the halfway stage but proved more than sufficient.

Brief scores: Guyana Amazon Warriors 158/8 in 20 overs (Jason Mohammed 42, Assad Fudadin 27; Akeal Hosein 2-19, Ravi Rampaul 2-33) beat Barbados Tridents 59 all out in 13.4 overs (Akeal Hosein 17; Sohail Tanvir 5-3, Rahid Khan 3-15) by 99 runs.

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