Cornwall, Khan blast Royals into CPL final
Rahkeem Cornwall blasted 11 sixes in his innings of 91 (CPL/Getty Images)
Rahkeem Cornwall blasted 11 sixes in his innings of 91 (CPL/Getty Images)

.. . Amazon Warriors to play in Qualifier 2

THE Barbados Royals sealed a place in Friday’s 2022 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) final with a comprehensive 87-run win over Guyana Amazon Warriors at Guyana National Stadium, Providence, yesterday.

Guyana Amazon Warriors won the toss and chose to field, but Barbados Royals scored the joint-highest total of this season by reaching an imposing 195-5. Opener Rahkeem Cornwall starred in the innings, launching 11 sixes in his innings of 91, while Azam Khan supported with his own half-century.

The Warriors’ hopes of a successful chase were derailed in the power-play, as they lost four wickets, with Kyle Mayers and Ramon Simmonds proving effective with the ball. Despite the attempts of Shimron Hetmyer, it was not to be enough as the Warriors fell for108 all out.

Azam Khan clobbered 52 during his stay at the crease (CPL Getty Image)

Barbados Royals had initially got off to a cautious start, but Cornwall played one of the most destructive innings seen this season, 91 runs from just 54 balls, to put the Royals into the ascendancy.
After losing his wicket just nine runs short of a century to the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan, the responsibility of the innings fell on Khan, whose vital half-century helped his side to 195-5 by the end of the innings.

Guyana Amazon Warriors lost early wickets in their chase. In-form batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz departed in the first over, before a flurry of wickets fell that left the Warriors on 36-4 by the end of the power-play. Simmonds excelled with his bowling, taking three key wickets, including that of captain Hetmyer, who was the Warriors’ highest scorer in the innings.
In the end, the Warriors finished on 108 all out and will play in tomorrow night’s qualifier. (CPL)

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