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Pooran’s hundred grabs headlines as Warriors beat Patriots in CPL

Nicholas Pooran smashed three successive sixes to record the first century of the 2020 Hero Caribbean Premier League and help Guyana Amazon Warriors beat St Kitts & Nevis Patriots by seven wickets here.

In Sunday’s other match, St Lucia Zouks set a new record for defending the lowest total ever in CPL, restricting Barbados Tridents to 89 for seven after managing only 92 for a three-run victory.

Pooran’s century, which came in just 45 balls, was the third fastest in the tournament’s history and Warriors’ win came with 2.3 overs to spare while chasing 151 at the Queen’s Park Oval.

Warriors’ captain Chris Green won the toss and chose to field and he himself got a breakthrough off the sixth ball of the match, dismissing Kieron Powell.

After a tight second over from Kevin Sinclair, Evin Lewis hit Green for a four and a six in the third over, before losing his wicket in the fourth over.

Patriots reached 30 for two in five overs and just before the halfway mark, Ben Dunk, who had started to open up, left the action after being bowled by Green for 19. At the end of 10 overs, Patriots were 51 for three.

Joshua Da Silva (59 in 46 balls), who escaped a stumping chance earlier, and Denesh Ramdin (37 not out) put on 68 for the sixth wicket.

Da Silva hit Keemo Paul for two sixes and later smashed Naveen ul Haq for a couple of fours as the run rate picked up. Romario Shepherd broke the stand, bowling out the impressive Da Silva with an excellent yorker with the total at 119 for four.

With two overs left, Patriots were 126 for four. However, Ramdin helped Patriots score 12 runs each in the last two overs and the 150-mark was reached when he clobbered Shepherd for a six on the second last ball of the innings.

In reply, Warriors were reduced to 25 for three in the sixth over following the dismissals of Brandon King, Sinclair and Shimron Hetmeyer.

Pooran, who came at the fall of Sinclair, and saw Hetmeyer leave two deliveries later, took over from there. Warriors were 59 for three at the halfway mark.