An inspired second-half comeback saw the Guyana Amazaon Warriors defend the lowest total (118) in CPL history, condemning Andre Russell's Jamaica Tallawahs to their second defeat in three games. That Tallawahs Tallisman was at his best, plundering five sixes and remaining unbeaten on a 37-ball 52 but was powerless to completely free his team from an early-innings chokehold.
The result appeared a formality at the half-way point in the game when the Amazon Warriors had collapsed dramatically to lose 10 for 62 over 81 balls in the game. But where the target of 119 should have been an exercise in NRR building, the strong Jamaica line-up were undone by the very spin sword they had wielded in first innings.
Chris Green, his action cleared and a stint in the IPL looming, struck with the first ball of the chase, taking out Chadwick Walton LBW. He added the wicket of Nkrumah Bonner in his next over while the miserly Ashmead Nedd accounted for a struggling Glenn Phillips. Inside the fourth over, Jamaica were reeling at 4 for 3.
Captain Rovman Powell and Asif Ali attempted a rebuild job that was more slow than steady and did no favour with their asking rate on a surface that was offering significant turn. The pair battled beyond the PowerPlay but their efforts at overthrowing the stranglehold was undone when Chanderpaul Hemraj had Asif caught. Their troubles were further compounded when Carlos Brathwaite was cleaned up for a 14-ball 5. Pressure forced Powell to follow suit.
Russell, still to get off the mark, now had to do it all on his own. 67 were needed off 28 when he muscled Imran Tahir for his first six of the season. The South Africa leggie, who has been used in the IPL to negate the Russell threat, saw his figures take a beating as the allrounder launched two more sixes and a four to take 17 off the over. Russell began the 19th over with a six and a four, reducing the equation to 22 off 10, but the impressive Naveen bowled four dots in a row to keep Russell off strike in the final over.
Keemo Paul delivered the perfect final over for Guyana, with a last-ball six for Russell taking him to his half-century but leaving his team a considerably distance off the finishing line.
Earlier in the evening, the pitch took a while to reveal its true colours as Guyana raced away to 56/0 inside the PowerPlay before imploding spectacularly in the face of spin. Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Carlos Brathwaite claimed three-wickets apiece. Jamaica did, however, concede 16 runs in Extras (11 wides), a figure that turned out to be a significant factor at the end of a chaotic fixture.
Brief scores: Guyana Amazon Warriors 118 in 20 overs (Brandon King 29; Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3-18,Carlos Brathwaite 3-14) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 104/7 in 20 overs (Andre Russell 52*; Chris Green 2-10, Ashmead Nedd 1-10) by 14 runs.
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