|Amazon Warriors hammer Red Steel |
By STEPHON NICHOLAS Saturday, August 24 2013
After all the fanfare and grandiose surrounding the Red Steel, the Guyana Amazon Warriors proved them to be highly malleable with a seven-wicket hammering in front of their home fans in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League semi-final on Thursday evening at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain.
The result booted the Red Steel out of the competition, leaving the Dwayne Bravo-led team bent out of shape with a record of three wins and five defeats from the inaugural tournament.
The performance also exposed several flaws in the assembly of the team as they registered their second lowest score of the tournament, bowled out for 103 in 19.3 overs.
Amazon Warriors, boasting one of the most star-studded yet balanced squads in the tournament, showcased their world class bowling line-up for the Oval to see, featuring five bowlers in the first six bowlers including Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga, ace Trinidad spinner Sunil Narine and Jamaica’s Krishmar Santokie.
The Red Steel, supported vociferously by thousands of fans clad in red, were disappointing in their bowling effort with only the fiery Fidel Edwards looking threatening.
The Amazon Warriors, led by Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan who stroked 39 from 29 balls, cruised to their victory target without much fuss, closing on 107 for three in 16.2 overs.
Sent in to bat, the Red Steel were rocked by the loss of three wickets in the Powerplay, overseas stars Kevin O’Brien (8), Mahela Jayawardene (2) and Ross Taylor (6) all back in the pavilion as TT slumped to 25 for three with Dilshan, Santokie and Veerasammy Permaul sharing the wickets. Drafted in to replace the injured South African Davy Jacobs, Jayawardene has been a total non-factor, scoring just 14 runs from three matches at an average of 4.66.
Opener Adrian Barath and new batsman Darren Bravo tried to repair the innings but their partnership was cut short via the run out route — the second involving the pair — with Barath out for 12. Darren was next to go, coming down the track and skying a catch to James Franklin at long- off off Dilshan’s bowling as the Red Steel sank further into trouble at 32 for five in the ninth over. With Guyana captain Ramnaresh Sarwan rotating his bowlers well, the Red Steel were being painted into a corner when Nicholas Pooran tried his best to release the shackles with just the first six of the match in the 13th over off Permaul. He was out caught behind next ball, however, trying to cut a delivery from the Guyanese spinner.
New batsman Cooper hit a couple sixes off Narine to help bring up the TT 100 in the 18th over but fell victim to the off-spinner for a quick-fire 27 from 17 balls.
Suliemann Benn (0), Dwayne (26) and Fidel Edwards all fell in the final two overs as the Amazon Warriors took one step into the final.
Needing a devastating spell from Edwards to have any chance of pulling off victory, the Bajan quickie got rid of the dangerous Lendl Simmons caught off a top-edge by Benn at mid-on for eight in the third over. The wicket seemed to get the Bajan animated as he gave the batsman a verbal send-off as his teammates tried to restrain him. The pacer could make no further inroads, however, and had the unwanted pleasure of being hit for six by Dilshan’s ‘Dilscoop’ as the Sri Lankan announced his presence in the tournament.
He and William Perkins took the score to 47 when Benn induced a false shot from the latter who fell for 18.
Dilshan and new batsman Sarwan looked in total control at the crease, knocking the ball into gaps and punishing the bad deliveries from spinners Samuel Badree and Benn with authority. Cooper, introduced in the 11th over, fooled Dilshan with a slower ball and got him out caught and bowled but it was too late. Sarwan and James Franklin took their team to victory and will tonight play the winner of last night’s match between the Jamaica Tallawahs and Barbados Tridents.
Red Steel vs Amazon Warriors
K O’ Brien c and b Dilshan 8
A Barath run out 12
M Jayawardene c Sarwan b Santokie 2
R Taylor c Barnwell b Permaul 6
D Bravo c Franklin b Dilshan 3
D Bravo c Permaul b Malinga 26
N Pooran c Ramdin b Permaul 14
K Cooper c Franklin b Narine 27
S Benn c Permaul b Santokie 0
F Edwards b Malinga 1
Samuel Badree not out 0
EXTRAS: (W4) 4
TOTAL: (all out; Overs 19.3) 103
Fall of wickets: 11; 14; 25; 32; 32; 56; 101; 101; 103; 103.
BOWLING: Santokie 4-0-20-2; Dilshan 4-0-14-2; Malinga 3.3, 0-18-2 (2W); Narine 4-0-29-1; Permaul 4-0-22-2 (2W).
Amazon Warriors Innings
L Simmons c Benn b Edwards 8
W Perkins c Badree b Benn 18
T Dilshan c and b Cooper 39
R Sarwan not out 18
J Franklin not out 16
EXTRAS: (LB2, W5, NB1) 8
TOTAL: (for three wickets; Overs 16.2) 107
Fall of wickets: 14; 47; 78.
BOWLING: Edwards 3-0-25-1 (1NB, 2W); Badree 3-0-21-0; Benn 3-0-24-1 (1W); DJ Bravo 4-0-17-0 (1W); Cooper 3.2-0-18-1 (1W).