Barbados Royals into playoffs because of Holder, Mujeeb brilliance


Barbados Royals defeated Guyana Amazon Warriors in a rain-hit, low-scoring affair on a troublesome wicket at Brian Lara Stadium, to turn into the primary aspect to guide their playoff spot on this yr’s Caribbean Premier League.

In a contest decreased to 16 overs after the second of two rain breaks – the primary coming earlier than the toss and the second after the thirteenth over within the Royals innings – the leaders rallied to 107 for six from their quota, thanks largely to all-rounder Jason Holder’s unbeaten 40 from 33 deliveries.

Amazon Warriors, in determined want of factors after coming into the sport rooted to the underside of the six-team league, have been then held to 81 for 9 from their 16 overs, to go below by 29 runs below Duckworth-Lewis-Stern.

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They discovered themselves stifled by left-arm seamers Ramon Simmonds (2-21) and Obed McCoy (2-24), together with off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall (2-12), and did not string any partnerships collectively.

Afghan off-spinner Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, handed the brand new ball, proved merely sensible in his four-over spell, claiming one wicket and surrendering solely 4 runs.

Captain Shimron Hetmyer (12) and Irish opener Paul Stirling (11) have been the one two specialist batsmen to succeed in double figures.

Royals’ win was their seventh in eight video games, propelling them to 14 factors whereas Amazon Warriors remained backside with their fourth defeat in six video games and just one victory to their credit score.

Despatched in, Royals have been carried early on by Cornwall who thumped a 4 and two sixes in 20 from 18 balls however they nonetheless crashed to 38 for 4 within the tenth over after Chandrapaul Hemraj (3-15) made inroads along with his part-time left-arm spin.

Holder, who struck a 4 and three sixes, then patched up the innings first in a 24-run, fifth wicket stand with Azam Khan (8) after which in an unbroken eighth wicket partnership with Mujeeb, who lashed a nine-ball 19 with three fours and a six.

In reply, Amazon Warriors mustered solely six runs from the primary three overs, main left-hander Hemraj (4) to hit out and top-edge Cornwall to brief superb leg.

Stirling adopted within the sixth over, driving his 18th supply to cowl off leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr and the promoted Keemo Paul (6) perished within the eighth over at 30 for 3, holing out to lengthy off  Holder.

When Cornwall returned to bowl Hetmyer firstly of the tenth over, Amazon Warriors have been going through a required run price of almost 10-½ per over and McCoy and Simmons made restoration unattainable.

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