CPL 2023: Ayub, Nandu lead Warriors’ cruise into Qualifier One

Saim Ayub (right) and fellow opener Matthew Nandu during their match-winning partnership (Photo: CPLT20)

However, Guyana Amazon Warriors would counter, as Gudakesh Motie got the key wicket of King, and that slowed down the runs, as Tallawahs were unable to find the boundary for six consecutive middle overs.

South African duo Dwaine Pretorius and Imran Tahir were key for the Warriors with the ball as Jamaica Tallawahs finished on 152-5 after 20 overs.

Guyana Amazon Warriors handed Nandu a CPL debut, and alongside Ayub, they forged an opening partnership that swung the game firmly in the Warrior’s favour. Ayub would reach his half-century from 34 balls; his third consecutive CPL fifty.

Chris Green would get the wicket of Nandu (37 off 35) in the 13th over, but Ayub would continue to dazzle, taking the side to the brink of a win before losing his wicket. Shai Hope and Odean Smith would eventually see Guyana Amazon Warriors over the line.

Guyana Amazon Warriors return to CPL action on Thursday evening where they will be taking on the St. Lucia Kings. (CPL)