CPL

Not bad luck, Warriors missed a trick - Shoaib Malik

By October 14, 2019
Guyana skipper Shoaib Malik leads the Guyana Amazon Warriors in a thank you to the crowd after a Hero Caribbean Premier League game. Guyana skipper Shoaib Malik leads the Guyana Amazon Warriors in a thank you to the crowd after a Hero Caribbean Premier League game.

Guyana Amazon Warriors captain, Shoaib Malik, believes that ending up runners up in the Hero Caribbean Premier League for a fifth time is not down to bad luck.

According to the skipper, in looking back at the game they lost by 27 runs to the Barbados Tridents, things could have been different had the team taken the right approach at crucial points in the game.

The Warrirors bowled well enough to restrict many a team on their way to an unprecedented Hero Caribbean Premier League win streak of 11, but against the Tridents, after keeping them to 108-6 with just one ball of the 15th over remaining, Jonathan Carter, 50 from 27 balls, and Ashley Nurse, 19 from 15, took the total to 171.

The total, which would have provided the highest run chase in CPL finals history, was more than enough and according to Malik, his team gave away the momentum in those final few overs of the game’s first innings.

 “In the end, Jonathan Carter’s innings, followed by Ashley Nurse, [helped them get to a competitive total]. Their partnership was very crucial, especially when you’re bowling your last overs the momentum went to their side,” said Malik.

But a positive result for the Warriors was not beyond them, with batmen like the CPL’s top runscorer, Brandon King in the line-up, as well as the big-hitting trio of Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, and Nicholas Pooran waiting in the pavillion.

None of it seemed to matter as Hemraj, 1, Hetmyer, 9, and Malik himself, 4, were all sent packing for cheap.

However, King, 43, and Pooran, 24, could easily swing the game back into their favour if they so had a mind. They were set and while the Tridents were bowling well enough to restrict the free flow of runs and had managed to push the run rate to above 10, there was still so much cricket yet to be played.

Then came moments of madness. First King had a rush of blood and charged down the wicket to a Nurse delivery, with the veteran sizing matters up and spearing in a quicker delivery at the in-form batsman’s legs.

King could only watch in absolute horror as he yorked himself and Shai Hope completed a better-than-average stumping.

Pooran would go four overs later, as without King, who was striking the ball beautifully, it was left to the left hander to do the bulk of the scoring.

Trying to catch up with the run rate, Pooran pulled at a slower delivery, again from Nurse, and ended up toe-ending it to Alex Hales on the long-on boundary.

“We missed a trick after 10 overs when we were like 79-3 and Brandon King and Nicholas Pooran were playing really well. We missed the trick of not rotating the strike. That was the turning point I would say,” said Malik, pointing out that the superb striking of the two meant they never needed to push the pace at the halfway stage and attempting to do so, was a mistake.

“Even if we had scored 15-18 runs in the next three overs, we would have cruised the game but I guess that happens in cricket,” said Malik.

It was not lost on the Warriors skipper, however, that part of the reason for the mistakes, was the very good cricket of the opponents.

The Tridents had started with four losses from six games, but from that point on, they only lost one game and looked, for the most part, irresistible, despite their underdog tag going into the final.

“I would like to congratulate the Barbados Tridents. They played some exceptional cricket, especially towards the back end of the tournament.”

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