Misbah powers St Lucia to win
St Lucia Zouks 129 for 5 (Misbah-ul-Haq 49*) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 126 for 6 (Simmons 38, Shillingford 3-23) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Misbah-ul-Haq smashed an unbeaten 33-ball 49 to help St Lucia Zouks beat Guyana Amazon Warriors by five wickets on Sunday.
Chasing 127, St Lucia, who chose to bowl, had a few early stutters, losing Tamim Iqbal and Herschelle Gibbs in consecutive overs. Andre Fletcher struck a couple of sixes early on, but struggled for the better part of his 34-ball 23. Misbah and Devon Smith lifted the scoring rate with a 46-run stand for the fourth wicket, but Smith's run-out, followed by Albie Morkel's dismissal, left St Lucia with 39 to get off 23 balls. Darren Sammy hit a couple of fours to get the partnership going and the pair kept up with the scoring rate. With 10 runs needed off the last over, Misbah finished the match with two consecutive sixes, giving St Lucia their first win in the CPL.
Earlier, Guyana squandered a pacy start from openers Lendl Simmons and Martin Guptill to finish at 129 for 5. They added 34 in 4.3 overs, before Guptill fell to Garey Mathurin. A flurry of wickets in the middle and later overs, however, deprived Guyana of a bigger score. Simmons, Narsingh Deonarine, Ramnaresh Sarwan and James Franklin fell in the space of four overs to leave Guyana at a struggling 84 for 6. Christopher Barnwell and Denesh Ramdin then smashed 41 runs off the last three overs to take Guyana to a more challenging total. Barnwell scored 29 off 14 balls, including two fours and two sixes, while Ramdin scored 13 off 8 balls. Shane Shillingford was the best bowler for St Lucia, picking up three wickets for 23 runs