Rashid Khan took a hat-trick and Loke Ronchi hit a dazzling half-century as the Guyana Amazon Warriors beat the Jamaica Tallawahs by five wickets in the CPL Eliminator on Wednesday night at the Brian Lara Stadium.
Kumar Sangakarra hit 57 not out as the defending champions totalled 168/8, despite Khan’s hat-trick.
The Afghanistan spinner bowled Andre McCarthy, Jonathan Foo and Rovman Powell with googlies to record the CPL’s first hat-trick.
Luke Ronchi (70) and Chadwick Walton (39) put on a belligerent stand of 67 in only 31 balls for the second wicket to pace the Amazon Warriors to victory.
Mahmudullah took 3/25 but Guyana ran home with 13 balls to spare and will now face Trinbago Knight Riders in the second eliminator on Thursday night at Tarouba.
Guyana skipper Rayad Emrit said his team will be ready for the Knight Riders.
"We knew there was going to be a lot of dew, the toss was important. Keeping them to 170 was decent. We haven't seen the best of Rashid Khan yet. Tomorrow is going to be our toughest game, our ice baths are ready, for 12.30 in the morning. We are professionals,” said Emrit.
Sangakarra felt his team did not produce enough runs to test the Amazon Warriors.
"We were 30-40 runs short, didn't help that the ball was changed just before that over from Rashid Khan, those three wickets put us on the back foot. We have gone soft in the Powerplay, which is why we played the big guy Lewis. Every time we play naive, silly cricket, we lose games. We had a specific plan, our bowling has been inconsistent. I told all batsmen coming in, it's going to be the googly (the hat-trick),” said Sangakarra.
Luke Ronchi was named Man of the Match for his 70 off 33 balls.
"It got dewy, quite hard to hold onto the ball, skidded onto the bat. Trying to continue with the momentum as much as I can really. My role is to be positive, and as long as I can. Having 14-15 games (the Natwest T20 Blast) there made a big difference,” said Ronchi.
Guyana Amazon Warriors 169 for 5 (Ronchi 70, Mahmudullah 3-25) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 168 for 8 (Sangakkara 57*, Rashid 3-32) by five wickets