It took just one game for Guyana Amazon Warriors to get back to winning ways in CPL 2016. Martin Guptill's team thrashed the St Lucia Zouks by eight wickets at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Tuesday.
Yet again, Amazon Warriors came up with an all-round show and, as a result, they defeated Darren Sammy and co. quite comprehensively.
Guptill read the wicket correctly, realising it was going to get better for batting as the game progresses. Therefore, after winning the toss, he asked Zouks to bat first.
Zouks got off to a terrible start as they lost the wickets of their star players Shane Watson and Johnson Charles in the very first over.
Veteran Australian Michael Hussey played the anchor's role and helped Zouks reach a respectable total. He tried building partnerships with other batsmen, but none of them lasted for long. Hussey played wonderfully and scored a half-century as well (64, 50b, 7x4).
With the help of Hussey, Zouks crawled to a total of 138 for the loss of six wickets at the end of their allotted 20 overs. This total was never going to be enough. Once again, Sohail Tanvir (4-0-31-2) and Adam Zampa (4-0-30-2) were in the wickets coloumn for the Warriors.
As usual, Dwayne Smith (32, 24b, 3x4, 1x6) and Guptill (19, 22b, 2x4, 1x6) got off to a good start. The duo added 55 runs for the first wicket.
Chris Lynn (38, 29b, 1x4, 2x6) and Jason Mohammad (43, 29b, 1x4, 4x6) scored the rest of the runs. Both Lynn and Mohammad remained remained unbeaten, making sure that they would take their side over the line. Mohammad, who has been in very good form in CPL 2016, was also adjudged the man of the match.
With this thumping victory, Guyana Amazon Warriors stayed at the top of the points table, whereas Zouks remained at the bottom.