Caribbean Premier League 2nd semi-final: Guyana march into CPL final behind half-centuries from Simmons and Guptill

Simmons and Guptill single-handedly chased down Guyana's target of 136

Simmons and Guptill single-handedly chased down Guyana’s target of 135

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The Guyana Amazon Warriors will face the Barbados Tridents in the final of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after they demolished the Jamaica Tallawahs by 10 wickets.

Guyana’s opening duo of Lendl Simmons and Martin Guptill were absolutely unstoppable as they both hammered half-centuries to end Jamaica’s season with more than five overs to spare.

Guyana captain Denesh Ramdin would have been regretting his decision to bowl first early on after Jamaica skipper Chris Gayle and Chadwick Walton put together a 55-run partnership before Walton was caught by Guptill at wide long-on off the bowling of Sunil Narine for 34.

Gayle ended up making 19 runs before he was caught by Simmons at long-off off the bowling of James Neesham.

Adam Voges only made seven runs before he was stumped by Ramdin off the bowling of Mohammad Hafeez.

Andre Russell made a quickfire 20 before he was run out by Krishmar Santokie.

Nkrumah Bonner managed to make 23 runs before he was caught by Hafeez at cover off the bowling of Santokie.

Jerome Taylor made a rapid 17 before he was run out by Simmons.

Jamaica eventually registered 134/6 off their 20 overs.

Santokie, Hafeez, Neesham and Narine picked up one wicket apiece.

Chasing 135 to win, Simmons and Guptill finished things off single-handedly as they amassed an unbeaten 138-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, to book Guyana a spot in the final.

Simmons scored 71 off 43 balls, which included seven boundaries and three sixes, while Guptill remained undefeated on 66 off 46 deliveries, which included six boundaries and two sixes.

Simmons was named Man of the Match for his superb batting and fielding.

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