The first playoff game in the Caribbean Premier League 2016 as the Guyana Amazon Warriors took on Jamaica Tallawahs to lock horns in contest that will see the winner enter the finals of the competition. The game was played at Warner Park in Basseterre to decide the contest between the top two sides in the league this season.
Guyana Amazon Warriors came out top in the game due to splendid performances by Chris Lynn and Sohail Tanvir to see win the game by 4 wickets. Jamaica Tallawahs will be disappointed after not performing to their potential but still have a second chance to qualify for the finals when they meet the winner of the game between St. Lucia Zouks and Trinbago Knight Riders. Sohail Tanvir and Rayat Emrit picked up five wickets between to restrict Jamaica Tallawahs to a score of 146 runs in 20 overs. Chris Gayle top scored for Jamaica Tallawahs with 33 runs off 36 balls as Guyana won the toss and decided to field first.Rovman Powell, Kumar Sangakarra and Chris Gayle all got starts but could not manage to string a big score for the side on a pitch that wasn’t a batting paradise.
Guyana Amazon Warriors lost opener Nic Maddinson for 16 in the second over of the innings while Dwayne Smith also fell for 16 runs to see the side placed at 52 for 2 after eight overs. Chris Lynn has been the inform player for the side throughout the tournament and once again delivered in a crunch game as he made 49 runs off 47 balls to anchor the whole innings and take the side close to victory. He struck one four and three sixes in his innings.
He was dismissed in the 16th over with Guyana needing 38 runs off 22 balls. Sohail Tanvir came to the crease and struck two sixes to make things easier for the side. The over from Rovman Powell cost 17 runs and turned the game in favor of Guyana Amazon Warriors. Emrit at the other end took singles and rotated strike as Tanvir smashed a huge six to take his side to win the game by 4 wickets and qualify for the finals of Caribbean Premier League 2016.