Guyana Amazon Warriors notched their third-straight victory of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2016, beating the Jamaica Tallawahs at the Providence Stadium on Thursday. It was expected to be an exciting clash, but turned out to be a one-sided affair.
The Chris Gayle-led Jamaica Tallawahs were beaten quite comprehensively by seven wickets and with 12 balls to spare by the Warriors. With this win, Martin Gutpill's side have moved up to the top spot in the CPL 2016 points table.
Warriors skipper Guptill won the toss and asked the Tallwahs to bat first on a tricky wicket. Guptill took a risk by asking Veerasammy Permaul to bowl the first over in spite of knowing the fact that Gayle, who smashed his 18th T20 hundred in the previous game, was at the crease.
However, there is a saying that fortune favours the brave and Permaul dismissed Gayle in the very first over. No other batsmen other than Rovman Powell, Shakib Al Hasan and Chadwick Walton were able to reach the double-figure mark. Powell (38, 42 balls, 1x4, 1x6) and Hasan added some valuable runs together and helped the Tallawahs somehow reach a total of 100, albeit while being bowled out.
Permaul (4-0-20-3) was the pick of the bowlers for the Guyana Amazon Warriors. Adam Zampa (4-0-26-2) was outstanding as well with his legspin. In fact, Zampa has been one of the consistent performers for the Warriors. Rayad Emrit and Sohail Tanvir also picked up a couple of wickets each.
When the Warriors came out to bat, they also did not get off to a good start as they lost their captain Guptill and Dwayne Smith early on during the run chase. Chris Lynn, Anthony Bramble and Jason Mohammad, however, made sure their side goes over the line comfortably.
Lynn (39, 35b, 1x4, 3x6) and Bramble (27, 18b, 2x4, 1x6) were at the crease right till the end.