Warriors fans ecstatic about the win
– Khan, Paul and Green spur victory
DPI, Guyana, Friday, September 6, 2019
Guyanese fans who came out in their numbers at the National Stadium were ecstatic when the Guyana Amazon Warriors picked up the first win in the 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL). The Warriors beat the St. Lucia Zouks.
For Sonia Mohan, this was her first CPL game. She said that it was a great experience. “I cannot believe that they won because it is the first time I saw them win. I am really excited and really glad. Let’s go, Warriors!” she cheered.
Andy Sookoo, a diehard Warriors fan, said he is looking forward to the next game. “Good win! We are looking for a next win on Saturday. Saturday there is going to be a bigger crowd,” he noted.
“The Amazon Warriors did well, and we expect them to reach the finals again and win the finals for the very first time, we have a very good team,” expressed Mithum Sankar, who is optimistic about the team lifting their first title.
“I am proud of the Warriors! Some persons were doubtful, but I am always a Warriors fan 100%,” a jovial Pete Da Silva said.
In the hunt for their first CPL title, Kemo Paul, Chris Green and Shadab Khan gave the Warriors the perfect start to a long journey. They got off to a slow start managing only 52 for 2 at the halfway stage.
The things got worse after Shimron Hetmyer was out just as he was trying to build a partnership with skipper Shoaib Malik. Nicholas Pooran came in soon after but did not trouble the score. Creating havoc for the Warriors was seamer Obed McCoy who bagged career-best T20 figures of 4 wickets for 41 runs.
After the skipper lost his wicket, it was the batting onslaught by Paul and Green that gave the Warriors hope as they began to destroy the Zouks’ bowling attacking find the boundaries at regular intervals. Paul slammed 38 off 22 balls while Green make 28 off just 15 balls. Their efforts gave the warriors a total of 156 runs that they could defend.
The Zouks came out with all guns firing to pull off an upset over Warriors. Despite the early heat by Rahkeem Cornwall, who made 36 off 14 balls, Green continued his heroics this time with the ball, bagging two wickets at critical intervals for 28 runs.
However, it was the spin of Khan that bamboozled the Zouks batsmen picking up three wickets for a mere 16 runs off his allotted four overs. The Guyana Amazon Warriors now sits at the top of the table and ready for their next match at the same venue where they go head to head with St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.