Guyana Amazon Warriors v Jamaica Tallawahs, CPL 2013, Providence August 3, 2013

Simmons powers Guyana to victory

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Guyana Amazon Warriors 118 for 2 (Simmons 67*, Sarwan 24*, Muralitharan 2-33) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 117 (Baugh 32, Santokie 3-20) by eight wickets
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Opener Lendl Simmons scored an unbeaten 67 off just 44 balls to guide Guyana Amazon Warriors to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Jamaica Tallawahs at the Providence Stadium. The win was Guyana's second in as many games, and took them to the top of the table ahead of the Barbados Tridents on net run-rate.

Simmons, the Man of the Match, struck five fours and four sixes, and put up an unbeaten 60-run stand for the third wicket with Ramnaresh Sarwan, to chase down a modest 118 inside 15 overs.

Jamaica, put in to bat, got off to a slow start as Ahmed Shehzad was caught at long-off by Chris Barnwell off seamer Krishmar Santokie off the last ball of the fourth over, and off the very next delivery, Chris Gayle fell short of his crease trying to sneak an unlikely second run.

James Franklin had an expensive night and conceded 38 runs in his four overs, but all other bowlers were economical, and bowled out Jamaica for just 117. Santokie stood out with figures of 3 for 20, including the wicket of Carlton Baugh, who top scored for the visitors with 32.

Guyana, needing less than six an over, were comfortable throughout the run-chase as Simmons and Martin Guptill added 48 for the opening wicket. Muttiah Muralitharan dismissed Guptill and Mohammad Hafeez in quick succession, but Sarwan, coming in at No. 4, steadied the innings with a 19-ball 24 to take Guyana home with 33 balls remaining.

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  • Dummy4 on August 3, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    Good performance by the Warriors! Permaul should not bowl in the last 8 overs because he bowls straight.

  • Android on August 3, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    simmons is new rising star of carribean & i think windies need sarwan service

  • Dummy4 on August 3, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    It's looking like this format is really going to help West Indies team in so many ways if the selectors and players make use of what they learn in the coming month. We will get to see who should captain WI for one thing. And new young talent will be identified, and will have had a chance to play with world class talent. The tournament looks like it's doing wonders at bringing back interest of fans, especially because they can actually come to night matches on work days. This will translate into greater interest from the youth who will be interested in playing cricket again, instead of basketball or whatever. So it's really a win win. This is really a testimonial to what the IPL did for Indian cricket. They have become the best in the world since they developed the best T20 tournament in the world. Coincidence?

  • Nabil on August 3, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    The Amazon Warriors look very professional (atleast in the 1st 2 games). All aspects of their game seem to be clicking and there was even improvement from the 1st game, which is always a good sign. I can tell that Sarwan's 1st match innings gave him confidence in this format and it also shows in his captaincy. Overall they are a well-balanced side and they would be expected to make the semi finals atleast.

  • Harrinarine on August 3, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Why don't they play the Harry Belafonte song/slogan "day o" to get the crowd going alla the IPL song. I'm just saying...

  • Dummy4 on August 3, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Gayle has to be a better example, he can't continue getting run out on easy second run.. That was an embarrassment, to see how he got out..He still don't know," at this stage in his carrier", you must always run the first run as quickly as possible, because it creates pressure on the fielder...He make me mad seeing how many runs he take's away from the teams he plays for.

  • o on August 3, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Simmons looks incredible in this format power and shots great balance and timing surprised he's not wanted in T20 leagues around the world although I'm sure that will change. Despite not having power of Pollard or Gayle he has a better consistency range of shots and timing and the power certainly isn't lacking either ! very dangerous player.

  • Dummy4 on August 3, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    once again sarwan showed that he is by far the best captain in the west indies. it is also crystal clear that simmons should be one of the opening batsman for the west indies in all format. Narine and PERMAUL is an excellent spin combination and RAMDIN is the best wicket keeper by far in the region.

    COACHES, from this tournament the WICB AND SELECTORS should realise that GIBSON is not the best coach for the west indies. A lot of good can come from this tournament and hopefully the WICB is keeping an eye on it so that in selecting the next west indies team, it's done on merit and common sense.

  • collis on August 3, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    this tournament is still in its infant stages but to see the professionalism of the guyanese team it makes me feel sorry as a west in dian. when roger harper was coaching wi we saw hints of that same professionalism. i am not a big sarwan fan but u got to admit the way he is playing now i would rather see him in a wi limited overs team than that slouch darren bravo

  • Joshua on August 3, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Tallawahs team is worthless to say the least. All the batsmen have high dot ball percentages and low boundary percentages except for Gayle and Russell. They should now realize that its best to send the big hitters early to target the weaklinks because if they don't, they're just playing into the bowling teams' hands who'll save their best for them later. None of their bowlers are suitable for this format. They all have poor economy rates and variations except for Murali but even he won't be effective if people like Gayle bowl from the other end. I don't expect them to win a single game when Gayle is out for less than 30. I don't expect them to win a single game chasing because he never scores much chasing anything over 145 (par). One good thing about this tournament is that the WI selectors should be able to select a good T20 and ODI side if they pay attention to key aspects such as strike rotation, attacking mentality, versatility, intelligence, consistency, discipline and captaincy.

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