Munro ton in vain as Guyana Amazon Warriors beat Trinbago Knight Riders
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
Colin Munro smashed a sensational maiden Twenty20 hundred, but it was in vain as Guyana Amazon Warriors produced an audacious run chase to shock Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) by six wickets on Saturday night.
The left-handed New Zealander hit exactly 100 not out off 65 deliveries, an innings which propelled the title-holders to 162 for five off their 20 overs, after they were sent in at Queen's Park Oval.
However, Amazon Warriors raced to their target without so much as a stutter, with Australian Chris Lynn slamming a superb 77 from 43 balls.
Trinidadian Jason Mohammed hit a responsible, unbeaten 33 from 30 balls, opener Dwayne Smith dazzled briefly with 26 off 18 balls, while captain Martin Guptill got 25 from 22.
So dominant were the Amazon Warriors' performance that TKR's sole opportunity in the innings came when captain Dwayne Bravo removed Lynn and Chris Barnwell (0) in the penultimate over, to leave the visitors requiring three runs off the final six balls of the game.
Even then, Mohammed allayed any fears of a dramatic finish by belting the second delivery from fast bowler Ronsford Beaton over the ropes at extra cover to finish the game in style.
While the victory was Amazon Warriors' second on the trot, it sent TKR to their second defeat in three games, following their loss to St Lucia Zouks in the tournament opener last Wednesday.
The result was not envisioned when Munro was imperiously marching his way to triple figures, becoming the first overseas player to do so in the history of the tournament.
Entering without a run on the board after countryman Brendon McCullum nicked a drive off left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir to be caught behind off the sixth ball of the game, Munro hammered seven fours and six sixes to dominate TKR's attack.
The only batsman to pass 20 on a day when his colleagues struggled, he put on 74 for the third wicket with Darren Bravo, who made 12 from 17 balls, and added a further 36 with Dwayne Bravo, whose 18 also required 17 deliveries.