Rashid Khan bagged the 1st hat-trick of CPL    Getty Images
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Brian Lara seems to find a way to most cricket news. His speech at MCC stirred controversy in the Caribbean circuits but had zero effect in the region’s premier T20 league. Brian Lara Stadium at Trinidad was ready for the 2016 CPL final re-match in this edition’s eliminator. Courtesy bold shows from Rashid Khan and Luke Ronchi, Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) got their revenge over Jamaica Tallawahs as the defending champions were knocked out of the tournament. ALSO READ: Gayle, Cotrell guide SKNP to CPL 2017 final; TKR to play Qualifier 2

It was a six from Assad Fudadin’s blade that sealed GAW’s victory with 13 balls to spare. Electing to field, GAW did not have a great start as Jamaica opener Lendl Simmon took apart the bowling. Skipper Kumar Sangakkara continued his rich form and accelerated at right pace. It was a hat-trick from Afghan teen sensation Rashid Khan that dented the Tallawah’s progress. He bagged a hat-trick in the 15th over, sending back Andre McCarthy, Jonathan Foo and Rovman Powell off the first 3 deliveries. Rashid’s hat-trick was the first ever in CPL and all the dismissals came off googlies.

Sanga continued his march with an unbeaten 38-ball 57 that helped Jamaica to some respectability 168 for 8.

Guyana lost the wicket of opener Sohail Tanvir in the third over to Krishmar Santokie which brought in Ronchi to the crease. The former New Zealand wicketkeeper went on a rampage, slamming a 33-ball 70 that made a mockery of the chase. He struck 5 fours and 5 sixes, which meant 50 of his runs, came off just 10 balls.

He was well supported by opener Chadwick Walton, who had slammed a 40-ball 84 not out, in these 2 sides’ previous clash, continued from where he had left. His 23-ball 39 set the platform for the chase and by the time he departed, the score was already 90 from 8 overs.

GAW completed the chase comfortably in the 18th over. They left the tournament heart-broken last year and now Rayad Emrit’s men are two hurdles away from winning the title. They play Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in the Qualifier 2 at the same venue on Thursday.

Brief Scores:

Jamaica Tallawahs 168 for 8 in 20 overs (Lendl Simmons 34, Kumar Sangakkara 57*; Rashid Khan 3 for 32, Steven Jacobs 2 for 33) lost to Guyana Amazon Warriors 169 for 5 in 17.5 overs (Chadwick Walton 39, Luke Ronchi 70, Assad Fudadin 29) by 5 wickets.

Man of the Match: Luke Ronchi