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Rashid Khan took two wickets and conceded just nine runs from his four overs as the Guyana Amazon Warriors beat the St Lucia Stars by six wickets.
While the Amazon Warriors finally got their first win in the 2017 Caribbean Premier League (CPL), things went from bad to worse for the Stars as they remain winless after five games.
Opting to bat first, the Stars lost opener Andre Fletcher in the third over as he was dismissed by Sohail Tanvir for 13.
Marlon Samuels only made two runs, but Fletcher’s opening partner, Johnson Charles went berserk and scored 53 off 32 balls, which included three boundaries and four sixes, before he was removed by Rashid.
With Rashid taking out Kamran Akmal in his next over, the Stars were given a major boost by Shane Watson and skipper Darren Sammy as they scored 32 and 26 respectively.
Thanks to their contributions, the Stars finished on 152/8 off their 20 overs.
Rayad Emrit, who inflicted a lot of damage towards the end of the Stars’ innings, was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Rashid snapped up two, and Tanvir and Roshon Primus chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 153 to win, the Amazon Warriors got off to a decent start before losing opener Chadwick Walton for a 20-ball 33.
Babar Azam failed to have an impact with the bat as he made 12 runs, while captain Martin Guptill, who opened the batting with Walton, scored 23 before being dismissed by Kyle Mayers.
Jason Mohammed and Gajanand Singh came to the rescue as the revived the Amazon Warriors’ innings with a 57-run partnership before Mohammed was sent packing by Mitchell McClenaghan for 38.
Gajanand went on to finish unbeaten on 31 as the Amazon Warriors reached their target with a ball to spare.
McClenaghan, Mayers, Shane Shillingford and Jerome Taylor claimed one wicket each.