The fourth game of the Caribbean Premier League saw Guyana Amazon Warriors lock horns against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Lauderhill Cricket Ground in Florida.
Guyana Amazon Warriors fell agonizingly short of the target to lose their second consecutive game on the trot in the fifth edition of Caribbean Premier League. Warriors will have to blame themselves as at one stage they were coasting with Jason Mohammad playing well as the batsman kept the whole innings together for the side.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots will be pleased to come out winners in a close game as bowlers Hasan Ali and Carlos Brathwaite bowled exceptional spells to stifle the Warriors lineup in the last five overs. Jason Mohammad formed a good partnership with Babar Azam as Warriors lost two early wickets. Azam scored 21 runs off 20 balls before he was outfoxed by leg-spinner Mohammad Nabi while trying to go for a big shot.
Jason Mohammad had a lot of luck in his innings as he was dropped by Patriots. The batsman made full use of this opportunity as brought the required run-rate down to see Warriors only needing 47 runs off 36 balls. Warriors kept losing wickets at key stages of the game as Brathwaite only three runs from the final over of the innings to help his side win the game by four runs. Hasan Ali, Mohammad Nabi and Samuel Badree bowled tidy spells to stem the flow of runs in the middle overs of the innings.
Earlier, Guyana won the toss and opted to field first. Chris Gayle led from the front as he scored an unbeaten 66 runs off 55 balls to help Patriots post a modest total on the board. The left-handed batsman was not his fluent best but adjusted well to the conditions that were in the favor of batting. Warriors bowled well as Sohail Tanvir and co. did well to restrict Patriots to 132 runs off 20 overs. Brendon King played a crucial innings for Patriot as he scored unbeaten 39 runs off 35 balls. Mohammad Hafeez and Evin Lewis once again failed to deliver for Patriots.
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots sit pretty at the top of the table in the league while Warriors have plenty of work to do after losing two consecutive games.