Tillakaratne Dilshan starred with bat and ball and in the field as Guyana Amazon Warriors beat T&T Red Steel by seven wickets in the first semi-final.
Port of Spain, Trinidad: Guyana Amazon Warriors became the first team to reach the inaugural Caribbean Premier League final after making easy work of a target of 104 at the Queen's Park Oval on Thursday. Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel were always on the back foot after being bowled out for 103 in 19.3 overs and didn't have enough firepower to secure victory as the Man of the Match Tillakaratne Dilshan drove Guyana towards a seven-wicket win.
Things went Guyana's way after their captain Ramnaresh Sarwan opted to field. Each of the five bowlers used took at least one wicket, with Dilshan starting his fine all-round day with the wickets of Kevin O'Brien and Darren Bravo. O'Brien was caught and bowled by Dilshan in the second over and Bravo junior fell for 3 in the ninth over as T&T slumped to 32 for 5. Krishmar Santokie had Mahela Jayawardene for 2 and Veerasammy Permaul removed Ross Taylor for 6 to go with the run out of Adrian Barath for 12, with Dilshan having a hand in that dismissal.
Only skipper Dwayne Bravo (26 off 34 balls) and Kevon Cooper (27 off 17) averted a total rout. Santokie and Vermaul picked up another wicket apiece and Lasith Malinga took two as T&T folded inside 20 overs. Dilshan had he best figures of 2 for 14 from his four.
Guyana lost Lendl Simmons for 8 early in their chase but Dilshan (39 of 29 balls) and Kendrik Perkins (18 off 19) put on 33 for the second wicket in quick time. Dilshan hit three fours and a six in his match-winning innings, departing at 78 for 3 in the 11th over, before Sarwan (18*) and James Franklin (16*) sealed victory in 16.2 overs.
Guyana will now face the winner of the Jamaica Tallawahs v Barbados Tridents second semi-final.