How Jamaica Tallawahs Defeated Guyana Amazon Warriors Comprehensively At CPL T20 2022
The Guyana Amazon Warriors'captain Shimron Hetmyer won the toss and chose to bowl first, which was a surprise to many fans in the stadium.
And you wonder why considering the Jamaica Tallawahs played attacking cricket and posted a huge total of 226 for 4.
Despite the good start, there was a feeling that Hetmyer's men were always behind in the score and they only managed 189 runs on the board.
This will be the third CPL T20 final for Rovman Powell's men where they will take on the Barbados Royals. Both teams will be working towards the CPL T20 2022 title. Jamaica Tallawahs won the inaugural CPL title in 2013 before regaining it in 2016.
Guyana Amazon Warriors Surprise Decision
The biggest talking point in this match was not what happened on the pitch, but what happened before the first ball was bowled. Guyana Amazon Warriors' captain Hetmyer decided to bowl first on a pitch that seemed to be a batting paradise.
The pitch supported the seamers initially as we saw Jamaica Tallawahs only scoring 37 runs in the powerplay overs with the loss of two wickets. However, the floodgates opened after the powerplay and the batsmen were able to execute their shots freely.
Perhaps the Guyana Amazon Warriors captain had too much faith in his bowlers. Regardless of what Hetmyer's thinking was, the decision didn't pay off and it was a huge reason why his team lost.
A Shamarh Brooks Masterclass
Now, let's talk about what happened on the pitch and there is no one else to talk about other than Shamarh Brooks. The right-handed batsman produced one of the all-time great innings in CPL T20 history as he smashed 109 runs off 52 balls.
This is the first T20 century of Brooks' career and he has three half-centuries to go with it.
He got great support from Imad Wasim, who chipped in with an unbeaten 41. Most importantly, Brooks was able to recoup 103 runs in the last five overs to take the game away from the Guyana Amazon Warriors.
The reason why this inning is one of the greatest in CPL's history is because of the occasion on which this inning was played. Jamaica Tallawahs were struggling at 16 for 2 in the third over before the 33-year-old took the ascendency.
Initially, Brooks tried to repair the batting innings by forming a 55-run stand with the captain Powell in 35 balls. After Powell was removed, West Indies International built another great partnership with Raymon Reifer worth 52 runs of 39 balls.
Reifer's dismissal in the 16th over had no setback on the team as Jamaica Tallawahs hit another gear in the last few overs.
Wasim, who also plays for Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League, smashed 41 off 15 balls, with four fours and three sixes. The pair scored 103 runs in the last 29 deliveries as Jamaica Tallawahs got to 226.
Odeon Smith, the man who bowled the last over for the Guyana Amazon Warriors, went for 26 runs.
“My second year with the franchise. Coming in last year as a replacement and Jamaica Tallawahs gave me a chance to show my skills in this format. I love this franchise. I'm just happy that we're in the final,” Brooks said in his post-match interview.
Poor Fielding And Bowling Cost The Guyana Amazon Warriors Massively
Although Brooks' innings were one of the best innings in CPL T20 history, it did come at the back of some luck. However, the fielding standard was poor overall by the losing team on the day.
After a good start to their bowling innings, the two-time champions were simply not able to stamp their authority as they were leaking runs and dropping crucial catches. The most significant moment in the first innings came when Rahmanullah Gurbaz dropped Brooks' catch when he was only on 5.
Apart from the fielding lapses, the bowling also gave away too many extras. The Guyana Amazon Warriors leaked 11 extras, which included 3 no-balls and 8 wides.
In the 9th over, Smith bowled consecutive no-balls that went for 12 runs. These are the small margins that eventually end up deciding these matches.
The fast-bowling all-rounder went for 64 runs in 4 overs, which is the most expensive figure in his T20 career so far.
Imran Tahir was probably the only shining light of the dismal bowling display for the Guyana Amazon Warriors as he took one wicket and conceded 34 runs in his 4 overs.
Guyana Amazon Warriors Unable To Capitalize After The Powerplay
Chasing 227 was always going to be a mammoth task. However, the Guyana Amazon Warriors did make an ideal start to their innings, unlike the Jamaica Tallawahs.
At the end of the powerplay overs, the “Warrior Nation” had 62 on the board. However, they had lost three wickets in the process, which gave Powell's men the initiative.
Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals for Hetmeyr's men as they were never able to get ahead of the scoring rate.
Wasim capped off a brilliant all-round display for the Guyana Amazon Warriors as he took two wickets and gave away only 25 runs to match his important knock of 41 earlier on.
The former Karachi Kings captain was pivotal in the bowling attack for the Jamaica Tallawahs, who were missing their spearhead, Mohammad Amir, through a groin injury.
Shakib Al Hasan continued to be a disappointment for both the franchise and the country at the twilight of his career.
After watching his international side crash out in the Asia Cup group stage, the all-time great all-rounder didn't show any signs of turning his fate around as he only scored 5 runs off 6 balls.
The Guyana Amazon Warriors did have some good batting displays with Shai Hope scoring 31 of 13 balls and Keemo Paul scoring 56 of 37 balls.
They kept plugging away till the end with some huge hits from Gudakesh Motie and Odean. However, all of those innings went in vain.
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