(CMC) GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Debutant teenager Nicolas Pooran stunned the Guyanese Amazon Warriors but Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel fell short by 19 runs in their Caribbean Premier League encounter at the Providence Stadium Wednesday.

The 17 year old wicket-keeper batsman blasted  six sixes and one four on his way to a 24 ball 54 that earned him the fastest innings award. Pooran’s effort provided some optimism for the Red Steel who were chasing  156 for victory but  only managed 136 for nine off their 20 overs.

Darren Bravo  23 and Justin Guillen 22 were the only other batsmen that coped with the warrior spinners  Veerasammy Permaul, Sunil Narine and man of the match Krishma Santokie. The crafty Jamaican got the crucial wicket of Darren Bravo,  caught by wicket-keeper Denish Ramdin and bowled Kevin O’Brien with a disguised slower delivery for eight in the crucial dying stages of the match. He also spectacularly run out Kevin Kooper before the batsman had faced a ball.

Veerasammy Permaul finished with three for 32, Santokie  two for  20  and  Sunil Narine  two for  29.

When they were sent in by the Red Steelers Lendl Simmons and Martin Guptill gave the Amazon warriors a start suggesting they might have got over 170 from their 20 overs. Simmons, severe on anything loose  struck two fours and one six in a knock of 42 off 50 balls. He put on  74 for the first wicket with Guptill whose contribution was 32 before he was trapped leg before by Samuel Badree.

The Guyana based franchise started to lose wickets in quick succession as Mohammad Hafeez was caught by Ross Taylor   off Kevin O’ Brien for 14,  and when Simmons followed,  caught by Davy Jacobs off Dwayne Bravo, Warriors still looked comfortable at 103 for three.

Unfortunately they soon saw the demise of Christopher Barnwell caught  without scoring,   Benn holding the catch off Dwayne Bravo, 103-4 and three runs later Narsing Deonarine  was run out for  just a single.

It was left to James Franklin and the warriors captain Ramnaresh Sarwan to carve a crucial late surge. The pair added an unbeaten 49 to the total that lifted the spirit of the entire team. Dwayne Bravo had two wickets but conceded 41 runs  including 21 in his last over.

Summary Scores:

Guyana Amazon Warriors  155-5 (20) overs. Lendl Simmons  42,  Martin Guptill  32, James Franklin  26 not out, Ramnaresh Sarwan  21 not out. Dwayne Bravo 2-41.

Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel: 136-9 (20 overs) Nicolas Pooran  54, Darren Bravo  23, Justin Guillen  22.  Veerasammy Permaul 3-32,  Krishma Santokie 2-20,  Sunil Narine  2-29.

Guyana Amazon Warriors
Lendl Simmons c Davy Jacobs b Dwayne Bravo 42
Martin Guptill lbw Badree 32
James Franklin not out 26
Christopher Barnwell c Sulieman Benn  b Dwayne Bravo 0
Narsingh Deonarine run out (Guillen/Cooper) 1
Ramnaresh Sarwan not out 21
Extras: (b4, lb12, w3) 19
Total: 155/5 (20 Overs)
Did not Bat: Denish Ramdin, Sunil Narine, Krishmar Santokie, Veerasammy Permaul.
Fall of Wickets: 1-74, 2-98, 3-103, 4-103, 5-106.
Bowling: Miguel Cummins 2-0-9-0, Samuel Badree 4-0-30-1, Sulieman Benn 4-0-18-0, Kevon Cooper 4-0-27-0 (1w), Kevin O’ Brien 2-0-14-1 (1w), Dwayne Bravo 4-0-41-2 (1w).
Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel
Davy Jacobs b Veerasammy Permaul 10
Justin Guillen b Mohammad Hafeez 22
Darren Bravo c Dinesh Ramdin 23
Ross Taylor lbw Veerasammy Permaul 2
Nicolas  Pooran+ c Mohammad Hafeez b Permaul 54
Dwayne Bravo* c Christopher Barnwell b Sunil Narine 8
Kevin O’ Brien b Santokie 8
Kevon Cooper run out Santokie 0
Samuel Badree not out 3
Sulieman Benn b Narine 0
Miguel Simmons not out 0
Extras: (b2, lb2, w2) 6
Total: 136/9 (20 Overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-46, 3-50, 4-93, 5-105, 6-124, 7-131, 8-131, 9-136.
Bowling: Krishma Santokie 4-0-20-2 (1w), Mohammad Hafeez 4-0-26-1, James Franklin 3-0-16-0, Christopher Barnwell 1-0-9-0, Veerasammy Permaul 4-0-32-3, Sunil Narine 4-1-29-2 (2nb).
Toss: Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel who fielded
Points: Guyana Amazon Warriors 2, T&T Red Steel 0
Result: Guyana Warriors won by 19 runs
Man of the Match: Krishma Santokie
Points Standings
Team Matches W L T P NRR
Amazon 1 1 0 0 2 0.95
Tridents 1 1 0 0 2 0.85
Zouks 1 0 1 0 0 -0.85
Red Steel 1 0 1 0 0 -0.95


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