Guyana Amazon Warriors' Lendl Simmons made 42 in an opening stand of 74 runs. (Getty Images)
Bowlers, led by left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, put up a sterling performance for Guyana Amazon Warriors on Wednesday to beat Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel by 19 runs as the hosts got off to a winning start in the Caribbean Premier League.
Permaul, who got the all important wicket of T&T top-scorer Nicolas Pooran (54), also dismissed the dangerous New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor (2) and opener Davy Jacobs (10) cheaply en route figures of 3 for 32 in four overs to script a 19-run win while defending a competitive total of 155.
Darren Bravo and Pooran tried to resurrect the chase with a 43-run stand but once Bravo was dismissed by medium-pacer Krishmar Santokie in the 15th over, it fell apart with a lower-order collapse that saw T&T losing five wickets for 43 runs. Santokie finished with figures of 2 for 20, while star spinner Sunil Narine bowled a spell of 2 for 29, which included the big wicket of T&T skipper Dwayne Bravo for 8.
Guyana, who were put in to bat by T&T, got off to a solid 74-run start provided by openers Lendl Simmons and Martin Guptill. However, both failed to convert their innings into a big one as Guptill was dismissed lbw for 32 by Samuel Badree. Simmons (42) and Mohammad Hafeez (14) then added 24 runs before falling in quick succession to Dwayne Bravo and Ireland's Kevin O'Brien respectively.
Veteran Ramnaresh Sarwan then scored a quickfire 21* off 12 balls in the end to provide the final thrust that took Guyana to 155 for 5. Dwayne Bravo got two of the five Guyanese wickets to fall but gave away 41 runs in his four overs.