Chandrapaul Hemraj beat Royals by nine wickets
By Sangeeta Viswas
on Sun Sep 05 2021
Guyana Amazon Warriors opener Chandrapaul Hemraj scored his maiden T20I century as they thrashed Barbados Royals by nine wickets. Chasing a target of 131 runs, Hemraj faced 30 off 36 balls in the powerplay to enter a run of 61 runs.
Thereby, chasing a small objective firmly in the crosshairs, hit a writable century. With the score level at 99, he managed to return with an uppercut to six over backward points.
Chandrapaul Hemraj scored his first 50 off 25 balls and made fun of Barbados Royals’ first innings on a pitch in which Faf du Plessis had also scored a century for St Lucia Kings the day before. However unlike du Plessis and Hemraj. Barbados continued from their poor start to the season, faltering through their innings after deciding to bat first.
Imran Tahir takes three wickets in the fifth over of the game:– Johnson Charles is caught driving towards mid-off. Smit Patel misreads a googly off the first ball, and then breaks the over to chip Glenn Phillips. Guiding edge for the return catch. From there, the Royals continued to be distracted as four players crossed 20 without passing 30.
But the Warriors, or more specifically Hemraj, batted as if on a different wicket during the chase. Hemraj and Brandon King made 71 from the powerplay and eventually 103, before King dropped two deliveries after playing drinks to Naeem Young.
Hemraj needed 20 off the last 28 runs required to reach his personal milestone and the only one who threatened to spoil the moment was his teammate at No. 3 Shoaib Malik.
Malik hit a boundary at wide mid-on in the 13th, Hemraj had to score 12 of the last 14 to reach three points before achieving the objective.
After another Malik single, the play intensifies when Hemraj hits a boundary to end the over. Leaving the former on strike to start the next frame.
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Shoaib Malik reduced the target to put Chandrapaul Hemraj back on strike on the 14th day. Despite no gap to make up for the lack, Hemraj hit a boundary and a single to end the over on 99. This ensured that he would be on strike at the start of the 15th over as the sensation continued in the small-scale play between the wickets. After all life was sucked in long before inclusive competition.
Chandrapaul bowls a full toss off Young to short third man to start the 15th over and sets up for a panic single before being sent right back by Shoaib.
But all that nervous energy later ran out when Young bowled a short ball well outside that Hemraj leapt to send his toes over the off-side rope, consolidating a thrilling individual reward as well. Put the last nail in the coffin.