It was a low-scoring thriller at Guyana to get the ticket for final of the tournament. The hosts, Guyana Amazon Warriors showed their nerves to outsmart Trinbago Knight Riders in the qualifier one to enter the final of the CPL 2018.

It was a game that got huge turns and twists. Both the sides got their moments to seal the game, but unfortunately, Trinbago Knight Riders failed to capitalise their moments, thus ending on the wrong side of the things.

Chris Green, Sohail Tanvir rock with the ball

Guyana Amazon Warriors v Trinbago Knight Riders, CPL 2018
Chris Green and Sohail Tanvir helped Guyana enter the finale of CPL 2018. Image Courtesy: Getty

Initially, it was Guyana Amazon Warriors, who won the toss and asked the visitors to bat first. Justifying the captains’ decision, the bowlers did exceptionally well for the home side in giving a brilliant start.

They sent leading run-scorers for Trinbago, Brendon McCullum, and Colin Munro for duck and Sunil Narine once again flopped with his willow. Their saviour Dinesh Ramdin too failed when it mattered the most.

Meanwhile, the recruit, Colin Ingram and Darren Bravo tried to balance the ship. During the course, they failed to bag the boundaries which dent their run rate. Chris Green bowled an exceptional economical spell with two wickets in it.

However, the late blitz by Kevon Cooper reached Trinbago to a moderate total of 122 runs on the board. Including Green, Sohail Tanvir and Rayad Emrit picked a couple of wickets each.

Hetmyer, Rutherford helps the team at a crucial juncture

Shimron Hetmyer
Shimron Hetmyer helped Guyana chase a target against Trinbago. Image Courtesy: Getty

Trinbago never left themselves out of the game. They rattled wickets at regular intervals of time to push Guyana Amazon Warriors on the back foot. However, Hetmyer stood tall in the crease for Guyana.

Despite Hetmyer standing strong on the other side of the wicket, none of the regular batsmen put their thumbs up for the team. Just when things looked like going in Trinbago’s way, Rutherford played a decent cameo to guide the team for victory with a ball left.

Brief Scores of CPL 2018, Qualifier 1:

Trinbago Knight Riders – 122/7 (Colin Ingram 25; Green 2/8)

Guyana Amazon Warriors – 126/8 (Hetmyer – 39; Khary 2/18)

Match Result – Guyana Amazon Warriors beat Trinbago Knights Riders by two wickets to reach CPL 2018 final.

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