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Simmons played a sensible innings as the Amazon Warriors knocked off the Red Steel
A classy knock of 42 by Lendl Simmons, which was followed by three wickets from Veerasammy Permaul helped the Guyana Amazon Warriors triumph over the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel by 19 runs in the second game of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Trinidad and Tobago captain Dwayne Bravo won the toss and chose to bowl first.
However, that decision looked to be the wrong one as Simmons and New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill registered a 74-run first-wicket partnership, which came at a run rate of 8.07 before Guptill was given out lbw off the bowling of Samuel Badree.
Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez found himself back in the pavilion relatively quickly as well, scoring just 14 runs before being removed by Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien.
Meanwhile, Simmons looked to be in excellent touch, but just as he was approaching his own half-century, he was dismissed by Bravo for 42 off 50 balls, which included two boundaries and one six.
Some late hitting by New Zealand’s James Franklin and Guyana skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan took the Amazon Warriors to a final score of 155 off their 20 overs.
Franklin remained undefeated on 26 off 20 balls, which included three maximums, while Sarwan was unbeaten on 21 off 12 deliveries, which included two boundaries and a six.
Bravo was the pick of the Red Steel bowlers with two wickets, while O’Brien and Badree picked up one wicket apiece.
Chasing a target of 156 to win, the Red Steel found themselves on the back foot early on into their innings as their top three batsmen were back in the pavilion with only 50 runs on the board.
A 43-run partnership between Darren Bravo and debutant Nicolas Pooran brought the Red Steel back into contention, but they hopes were dashed after Bravo was caught behind for 23 off the bowling of Krishmar Santokie.
After Bravo’s wicket, the entire middle and lower order collapsed, leaving the 17-year-old Pooran as the only batsman standing.
Pooran managed to bring up his half-century, but was dismissed soon after by Permaul.
The Red Steel eventually finished on 136 for the loss of nine wickets at the end of their 20 overs, leaving them 19 runs short of their target.
Permaul caused the most damage with three wickets, while Santokie and Sunil Narine snapped up two wickets apiece and Hafeez chipped in with one wicket as well.