Bar an early burst from Rakheem Cornwall, the St Lucia Zouks by no means obtained going with the bat because the Amazon Warriors combined seam and spin to good impact, and Hetmyer made the whole and the bottom look far too small.
Cornwall smashed sixes off each Chris Green and Kevin Sinclair, however Andre Fletcher fell early, edging Sinclair to quick third man. Naveen-ul-Haq began with a wicket-maiden, Leniko Boucher pulling straight to captain Green at mid-on. Imran Tahir additionally began with a maiden, leaving the Zouks 15/2 after 4 overs.
Cornwall hit two fours off Naveen, driving him over his head then pulling him, however when the opener mistimed a Romario Shepherd cutter Naveen pulled off a superb catch diving ahead. Cornwall had hit 20 in 4 pictures, however the Zouks solely scored off six different deliveries to finish the Powerplay at 27/3.
Green raced via an over for simply two, and Tahir was unfortunate to not get a wicket in an over that yielded solely 4. Najibullah Zadran tried to reverse sweep Green to little impact, and Sinclair was unfortunate a Najibullah top-edge fell safely. Najibullah eventually middled one, pulling Sinclair arduous for a six, and at midway the Zouks had been 47/3.
Najibullah and Kavem Hodge managed to hustle eight off Green’s final over, however Hodge quickly obtained caught which put strain on Najibullah, who tried to assault Tahir however under-edged a googly to keeper Nicholas Pooran.
Keemo Paul bookended his first over with wickets, beginning with Hodge under-edging via to Pooran and ending with Zouks captain Daren Sammy falling LBW for one more low rating. At 59/6 off 13, the Zouks had been in want of a rescue mission.
Mohammad Nabi and Javelle Glen survived Tahir’s final over, Paul’s second over like his first went for simply two, and whereas Nabi clubbed Shepherd for 4 via cowl that was the primary boundary in 34 balls. Entering the final 4 overs, the Zouks had been 72/6.
Nabi steered Naveen previous level for 4, however Naveen foxed him with a pair of slower balls to place the onus on Nabi to assault. Nabi mistimed his drive and holed out to Sinclair at deep cowl. Glenn obtained his first boundaries, each edged previous quick third man off Paul, because the Zouks lastly managed a double-figure over to achieve 89/7 off 18.
Naveen dropped quick and was pulled for 4 to go for 11 off the final over of an in any other case glorious spell, and Glenn smoked a canopy drive within the final over. But Paul recovered effectively to make sure that was the one boundary off the 20th, and the Zouks whole felt a way beneath par.
Scott Kuggeleijn sprayed wides either side of the wicket in a nine-ball first over that someway solely went for 5. The Amazon Warriors’ intention to assault the Powerplay was clear, as Chandrapaul Hemraj began Nabi’s first over by smashing a Hero Maximum and King closed it by sq. driving for 4.
Brandon King was bowled trying a ramp over tremendous leg, however the aggression continued with Hetmyer slashing for 4. Hemraj ruined a possible Nabi maiden with a Hero Maximum over long-off, and Hetmyer dismissed a Kuggeleijn long-hop via level for 4. Cornwall closed the Powerplay tidily, however after six overs the Warriors had been snug at 38/1.
Hemraj clipped Kesrick Williams tremendous for 4 to take the required run charge beneath 5 an over. Hetmyer seized on Cornwall’s first poor ball, hammering a six over midwicket, and the Amazon Warriors ticked alongside to 55/1 off eight overs however quickly after Hemraj was bowled by Nabi off each pads.
Hetmyer attacked Chemar Holder mercilessly, pulling his first two balls for sixes and following up with three fours in a row – an impressive cowl drive on the up, a rasping sq. minimize and a punch over mid-off – to rocket the Warriors to 82/2 and himself to 46 after 10 overs. A 24 run over had decreased an already easy chase to a stroll.
Nabi completed his spell tidily, however whereas Sammy confirmed religion in Holder, Pooran continued the place Hetmyer had left off with an excellent check-driven 4. Hetmyer adopted go well with to carry up a 3rd fifty of CPL 2020 off simply 33 balls, and after 12 overs the Amazon Warriors had been 94/2 and wanted simply 16 to win.
Pooran walloped Glen via midwicket for 4 however fell subsequent ball reverse-slapping to cowl the place Boucher took an excellent low catch. The profitable second was a bye, however the job had been executed by the bowlers and Hetymer, and with three straight wins the Amazon Warriors look to be gathering steam.
The Zouks had already certified for the semis, however the high order might want to step up if they’re to win CPL for the primary time. Such was the margin of victory that the Amazon Warriors jumped into second place, and who is aware of how essential that may very well be come the semi-finals.
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