Caribbean Premier League 7th Match: Guptill and Santokie annihilate St Lucia

Guptill smashed two boundaries and three sixes during his match-winning knock of 50

Guptill smashed two boundaries and three sixes during his match-winning knock of 50

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Guyana Amazon Warriors opener Martin Guptill struck an unbeaten half-century and pace bowler Krishmar Santokie claimed four wickets to help their side annihilate the St Lucia Zouks by nine wickets in Guyana.

Guyana captain Denesh Ramdin would have been over the moon with his decision to bowl first, especially after St Lucia lost their top six batsmen, including skipper Darren Sammy, for just 58 runs.

Sunil Ambris managed to somewhat stem the bleeding with his knock of 13 before he too succumbed to the pressure and was clean bowled by New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham.

Shane Shillingford failed to trouble the scorers as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Sunil Narine for a duck.

Pakistan all-rounder Sohail Tanvir was the top-scorer for St Lucia with 32 off 25 balls, which included three boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Guptill at deep midwicket off the bowling of Santokie.

St Lucia managed to make 117 before they were bowled out thanks to Mervin Mathew’s quickfire knock of 21, which came off 10 deliveries and included one boundary and two sixes.

Santokie was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Narine snapped up two and Neesham, Veerasammy Permaul and Ronsford Beaton claimed one wicket each.

Santokie finished with figures of 4-11 off 3.2 overs

Santokie finished with figures of 4-11 off 3.2 overs

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Chasing 118 to win, Guyana got off to a superb start as Lendl Simmons and Guptill amassed a 76-run partnership before Simmons was clean bowled by Sammy for 36.

From that point on, it was all Guyana as Guptill and Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez finished things off with an unbeaten 42-run partnership, during which Guptill brought up his half-century.

Guptill finished on 50 off 47 balls, which included two boundaries and three sixes, while Hafeez remained undefeated on 17 off 22 deliveries, which included one boundary.

Sammy was the only bowler to take a wicket.

Santokie was named Man of the Match for his outstanding bowling figures.

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