Hemraj century guides Warriors to timely win

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Chanderpaul Hemraj smashed his first T20 Century (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images)

A majestic first-time T20 century for Chanderpaul Hemraj guided to the Guyana
Amazon Warriors to a 9- wicket in Match 16 of the Caribbean Premier League
(CPL) 2021 on Saturday afternoon.

Hemraj gave himself a belated birthday gift, after his 28th birthday on Friday,
smashing 105 from 56, inclusive of 14 fours and 5 sixes, to contribute the majority
of the Amazon Warriors’ total as they chased 131 in their 20.

Brandon King and Shoaib Malik were the only other batsmen on show, hitting 19 and 8 respectively.

Earlier, the Barbados Royals won the toss and opted to bat first but their innings
wasn’t as fluid as they’d hoped.

Imran Tahir picked up three wickets in one over (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images)

After a 26- run partnership between Johnson Charles and Shai Hope, Imran Tahir
was the Royals’ undoing with three wickets in the 5th over, which they were
unable to recover from.

As Tahir finished on 3-34, Romario Shepherd picked up 2-
33, while Gudakesh Motie and Odean Smith had one wicket apiece to restrict the
Bajans to 130.

Azam Khan had the top score for the Royals with 28 from 23, and Charles
followed on the cards, with 23 from 22. Both Hope and Raymon Reifer
contributed 22 to the total.

While the CPL action continues tomorrow, the Amazon Warriors will take on
Barbados again on Tuesday from 7pm local time.