Gayle's knock goes in-vain as Warriors defeat Patriots
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Guyana: Guyana Amazon Warriors defeated last year's runners-up St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by six wickets in the second match of Caribbean Premier League 2018 on Friday morning.
A winning start for the The Guyana Amazon Warriors as they win by six wickets!!! #GAWvSKP#CPL18#CricketPlayedLouderpic.twitter.com/bEw3XI3aRg— CPL T20 (@CPL) August 10, 2018
Warriors skipper Shoaib Malik won the toss and opted to field. Three-time finalists Guyana restricted St Kitts and Nevis to 146 for 5 in their allotted 20 overs, even as Patriots skipper Chris Gayle smashed a 65-ball 86.
The #UniverseBoss is back doing what he does best!!! #GAWvSKP#CPL18#CricketPlayedLouderpic.twitter.com/MYrCSLWySz— CPL T20 (@CPL) August 10, 2018
In reply, Warriors' Shimron Hetmyer scored a quick-fire 79 not out from 45 deliveries to take his side to victory with 3.3 overs to spare.
Take a bow Shimron Hetmeyer FIFTY!!! #GAWvSKP#CricketPlayedLouder#CPL18https://t.co/sITlbLBLfupic.twitter.com/wyoefJx40o— CPL T20 (@CPL) August 10, 2018
Guyana captain Shoaib Malik looked a happy man at the end of the match. "The pitch wasn't easy to hit boundaries; but Chris batted superbly to bat till the end. I have very high hopes from Hetmyer and Rutherford, who will represent their country as well of they keep playing like this. You just go out there and give it your best shot and the results will take care of itself," said the Pakistan international.
Gayle, on the other hand, rued the lack of runs by his team. "I have the advantage having played ODIs here to know how the pitch would behave. They didn't give me a lot of free deliveries as well to get away. The target was to get 150-160 first and then take it from there. But in the bowling, despite getting two early wickets, we gave away too many easy scoring opportunities. And then the dew came in and made it difficult, which we always knew would come down in Guyana.
"It is important to pick up some wins on the road, but this is the first game for us and I can't fault the boys for the effort. Some of the guys are playing for the first time and like I said our CPL starts only in the second game. I am doing my bit of preparation and am enjoying my moment with the youngsters and having a good time," said Gayle.
Boundaries were flowing at Match 2 of #CPL18 Catch some of the action right here #GAWvSKPpic.twitter.com/6sinjdEOnP— CPL T20 (@CPL) August 10, 2018
WOW!!! Here are some Hero maximums from match 2 of #CPL18#GAWvSKPpic.twitter.com/SUmn6Za6FD— CPL T20 (@CPL) August 10, 2018
Here are some stunning wickets at match 2 of #CPL18#GAWvSKPpic.twitter.com/YTeWPTF70F— CPL T20 (@CPL) August 10, 2018
Hetmyer was adjudged the man of the match for his special knock. "My family and my girlfriend have always been there for me. It wasn't that hard in the middle but I kept losing a few partners. When Green came out, I told him to stick around and take it from there even if we needed a few big shots towards the end. My favourite shot at the moment is the late dab behind point. The dew just worked for me with the pace some of the guys bowled at and it helped the pitch as well for batting."
Man of the match Shimron Hetmeyer 79 off 45 balls!!! #GAWvSKP#CPL18#CricketPlayedLouderpic.twitter.com/u8eJ2wttz3— CPL T20 (@CPL) August 10, 2018
:St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots:
146/5 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 86; Keemo Paul 2-16)
Guyana Amazon Warriors:
148/4 in 16.3 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 79*; Sandeep Lamichhane 2-12)