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Dilshan scored 39 runs and took two wickets in Guyana’s blowout win
The Guyana Amazon Warriors became the first Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise to secure a spot in the final after thrashing the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel by seven wickets.
Guyana captain Ramnaresh Sarwan won the toss and elected to field first.
Sarwan’s decison to field first paid off right away as Trinidad and Tobago lost their top five batsmen for just 32 runs.
With the Red Steel struggling to come up with any offence, Trinidad captain Dwayne Bravo came to the rescue, scoring 26 runs off 34 balls, which included one boundary before he was dismissed by Guyana’s newest signing, Sri Lanka pace demon Lasith Malinga.
All-rounder Kevon Cooper’s brilliant quickfire innings of 27 off 17 deliveries, which included two sixes, helped the Red Steel reach 103 runs before they were bowled out with three balls to spare.
Malinga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Krishmar Santokie and Veerasammy Permaul all took two wickets apiece, while spinner Sunil Narine chipped in with one wicket.
Chasing a straightforward target of 104 to win, the Amazon Warriors got off to a rocky start as opening batsman Lendl Simmons was caught out off the bowling of Fidel Edwards for just eight runs.
Sarwan and William Perkins both added 18 runs each to give Guyana a boost in the right direction, but it was the batting display of Dilshan that stole the show as the flamboyant Sri Lankan smashed 39 runs off 29 balls, which included three boundaries and one maximum.
New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin remained undefeated on 16 as Guyana eased to victory with more than three overs to spare.
Edwards, Cooper and Sulieman Benn all snapped up one wicket each.