The 2021 Caribbean Premier League kicked off with a fantastic match between the Guyana Amazon Warriors vs. the Trinbago Knight Riders, with the former winning the match by 9 runs. The defending champs came into the match expecting to kick start their season with a win, but the Warriors had other things in mind. Here’s how the match went down.
The Trinbago knight Riders won the toss and chose to field, putting the Warriors to bat, hoping to get the upper hand early on. However, the warriors began their innings well with Chandrapaul Hemraj making 2 sixes and Odean Smith putting on a surprising display of hard-hitting PowerPlay overs. He justified his promotion by making 24 runs from 15 balls, earning him the man of the match, but he, just like Hemraj, was eliminated, and it greatly affected the Warriors innings.
The Riders got off to a bad start as Lendl was dismissed on 5 while chasing 143. Things looked like they were changing as Sunil Narine scored 20 runs in 17 balls, but Guyana’s Imran Tahir took him down in his first over. Aside from Sunil, only 3 other batsmen from the Knights managed to score more than 20 runs, that is Akeal Hosein, Denesh Ramdin, and Tim Seifert; however, this was not enough to get them a win. Additionally, Shimron Hetmyer fifty also contributed to Guyana Amazon Warriors win. As the top scorer, he made 54 runs in 41 balls, including 4 boundaries and 2 sixes.
After the match, both captains had something to say about how their teams performed. Pooran acknowledged that his team has a herculean task going into this game, but he was pleased that his team fought hard for the win. Pollard, on the other hand, was disappointed with his team’s performance and acknowledged that they gave too many runs to the Amazon Warriors. He also added despite bowling well; it was too late. Keep it here for more on the 2021 CPL.