Nicholas Pooran 45-ball century demolishes St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 150/5 in 20 overs (Joshua Da Silva 59, Denesh Ramdin 37*; Chris Green 2-31)
Guyana Amazon Warriors 153/3 in 17.3 overs (Nicholas Pooran 100*; Jon-Russ Jaggesar 2-33)
Nicholas Pooran blasted his maiden T20 century off just 45 deliveries to steer Guyana Amazon Warriors to an emphatic seven-wicket win over St Kitts and Nevis Patriots with 15 balls to spare.
The talented youngster arrived at the crease with Guyana in dire straits at 25-3 before launching a sparkling display of power-hitting that stunned the Patriots' bowlers.
Pooran was supported by Ross Taylor, who was happy to play second fiddle to the 24-year-old, as the two shared an unbroken 128-run stand for the fourth wicket.
The explosive nature of Pooran's blitz can be measured by the fact he tonked 10 maximums during his masterful knock and most of the meaty hits travelled well beyond the boundary fence.
Undeterred by the sluggish track offering plenty of grip and turn to the spinners, Pooran attacked the slow bowlers with unrelenting consistency and brute force.
The left-handed batsman foiled all plans of the hapless Patriots as he ran them ragged with his blazing strokeplay emboldened by pristine timing.
It was not all blind fireworks from the bat of Pooran, who balanced his unforgiving aggression with deft touches and nitpicking the gaps in the field to pile on pressure on the opposition.
Pooran saved his belligerent best for last when he was on 82 in the 18th over and the elusive triple-figure mark seemed improbable as 16 runs were required for victory. Facing the leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, Pooran hammered three sixes in succession to achieve the unthinkable and assert his dominance on the proceedings one final time.
Having hit the fastest CPL hundred by a player not named Andre Russell, Pooran earned the man of the match prize for his scintillating heroics.
In the initial part of their chase, they were hampered by Brandon King's extended lean run who perished for a low score once again, this time to Alzarri Joseph. Jon-Russ Jaggesar, on the other end, snaffled the scalps of Shimron Hetmyer and CPL debutant Kevin Sinclair.
During the first innings, the Patriots had actually done well to reach the modest total of 150-5 in their 20 overs. After Sinclair did the damage with a startlingly frugal spell of bowling – figures of one for nine in four overs – Joshua Da Silva and Denesh Ramdin accelerated in the second half to lift St Kitts and Nevis.
Da Silva, often rejected as a one-dimensional player, sped in the middle overs following a slow start to finish with a healthy contribution of 59 from 46 balls.