Twitter Reactions: Warriors hold onto their nerve in a last over thriller

Twitter Reactions: Warriors hold onto their nerve in a last over thriller

St Lucia Stars have lost their 13th game in a row.

Rayad Emrit of Guyana Amazon Warriors
Rayad Emrit of Guyana Amazon Warriors. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images)

After having won their first game against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, the Guyana Amazon Warriors were up against St Lucia Stars. On a track where the ball wasn’t really coming onto the bat, the batsmen from both the teams found it tough to get their shots going. Hence, the game ended up being a low-scoring one and the onus was upon the bowlers to deliver for their respective teams.

It was the Warriors’ bowlers who lived up to the expectations. They held onto their nerves in the crunch situations and picked timely wickets while defending a low total. They won the game by just 3 runs in a final over thriller to win their second consecutive game. On the other hand, St Lucia Stars are yet to open their account and seem to be struggling at the moment much like they did last year.

Shoaib Malik not impressed by Warriors batters

After winning the toss, St Lucia Stars opted to bowl first. Guyana’s openers Chadwick Walton and Luke Ronchi provided the side with a good opening partnership of 54 runs. But, both of them failed to post a big score after having got the starts that they would desire. While Walton scored 31, Ronchi smashed 42 runs. Shimron Hetmyer, who was the hero of the last game was promoted up the order for this game.

But, he also failed to deliver and could muster only 21 runs. Skipper Shoaib Malik only managed to get 8 runs in this game as his side put on 141 runs on the board for the loss of 4 wickets in 20 overs. In the post-match presentation, Malik was clear that he wasn’t happy with the score and expected at least one batsmen to score a 50.

Warner fails terribly yet again

These kinds of small chases on tough batting tracks could often end up being tricky. Hence, it is important for the openers to provide the side with good starts. However, both Andre Fletcher and David Warner took their own sweet time initially and failed to get going which put pressure on the middle-order. Both of them were trapped leg before by Imran Tahir and increased the pressure on the other batsmen. While Warner scored 11 runs off 21 balls, Fletcher took 19 balls to get 14 runs. The left-hander was very disappointed on being given out by the umpire as he must have felt that the ball hit his glove rather than his pad.

However, Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons got the innings back on track and were cruising along well to reach the target. But Rayad Emrit picked the wickets of this duo just as when they were looking dangerous. Although Mitchell McClenaghan and Qais Ahmad tried hard to get the team home, they couldn’t score 16 runs of the last over and fell short by just 3 runs.

Twitterati seemed to be very disappointed with the way Warner played in this game. They lashed out at him for taking up so much time putting pressure on the other batsmen. Rayad Emrit was praised for great bowling spell and for picking up the big guns at the right time.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

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