CPL Carnival Cricket Seen as Boost to Cricket Development and Tourism
Kaieteur News – The President and Executive members of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) have commend His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Irfan Ali President of the Republic of Guyana and his cabinet on his recent disclosure that the CPL finals will be held in Guyana over the next three years. Also, that seven preliminary matches are scheduled to be played leading up to the semi-finals and finals in a release to the media.
President Dr. Irfan Ali
The board noted that, President Ali announced this historic achievement at the launch of CPL 2022 held at the National Stadium, Providence on Wednesday March 30, 2022. He highlighted the fact that the event would present a Caribbean flavour of cricket and carnival for two weeks, with Guyana showcasing its full cultural repertoire together with a variety of equal tourist attractions. He predicted that the splendor of the occasion will be unrivalled internationally within the tenets of the modern game of cricket. That’s why government has seen it fit to invest heavily in sports and the national budget reflects the unprecedented 2.2 billion dollars allocated for sports in Guyana for 2022.
This emphasis on sport has catapulted the development initiative in Guyana and is expected to enhance the social aspect of society with its contribution to career pathway, healthy lifestyles, and an avenue away from society ills. Apart from the career pathway for cricketers, the game provides for several cricket related jobs. Further, this historic announcement on the playing of CPL semi-finals and finals over the next three years, will enable Guyana to explore avenues for sport tourism. Additionally, with the expected influx of foreigners to Guyana for the matches, Guyana will benefit economically from the historic CPL investment.
Minister Charles Ramson jnr.
The approach by government to ensure these CPL matches are assigned to Guyana over the next three years, underscores government’s comprehensive understanding of the value of sport to society. This budget allocation would provide sport organizations with the requisite resources necessary to realize the transformation of most sports in Guyana from an amateur status to a professional sport.
The GCB’s President Bissoondyal Singh, in an invited comment, praised His Excellency President Dr. Ali for the historic announcement on the CPL tournament decider to be played in Guyana. He opined that this is a significant achievement, and an indication of the value government is placing on sports. His Excellency President Dr. Ali is obviously keen on having all sport disciplines employ systematic ways to administer sports in Guyana and has indicated that the characteristics of transparency, accuracy and integrity should be guiding principles of sport administrations. Dr. Irfaan Ali’s government has witnessed several positive changes in cricket administration. From March 2021 a new executive took the reign of the GCB.
GCB President Bissoondyal Singh
This change continues to see cricket being administered in a structured and progressive way with the three county boards now working more harmoniously to realize common goals and objectives.
President Singh once again commended Hon. Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Charles Ramson for his unwavering commitment to the development and promotion of sports in Guyana. He said that Minister Ramson’s intervention has been instrumental in resolving outstanding issues within the administration of cricket and that his continued support for cricket has ushered in new purposeful working relations between government and the GCB.
The GCB looks forward to the continued development of national stadiums and the proposed National Academy which will lay a significant platform for the identification and development of players across the country. The GCB views the Academy as an integral measure in developing the mental, technical and skill acquisition of potential players with the impetus to excel at the regional and international levels, the release informed.
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(Cricket West Indies) West Indies vice captain Nicholas Pooran played a sizzling career-best knock while fast bowler Jason Holder took career-best bowling figures, but Pakistan’s bowling attack did just enough to take them to victory in the second match today.
Pooran’s explosive unbeaten 62 off 33 balls with six sixes and four fours kept the West Indies in with a chance of overcoming the target, even to the final over when 20 runs were required to overhaul Pakistan’s total of 157-8.
However, Shaheen Shah Afridi claimed the wicket of captain Kieron Pollard (13) and then denied the rampant Pooran the opportunity to swing freely and lustily at the next three deliveries to ensure the visitors came away with the win with the hosts kept to 150-4 off 20 overs. West Indies suffered a setback when opening batsman Evin Lewis retired hurt on 35 off 33 balls with two fours and two sixes mid-way through the innings.
Earlier in the match, it was Holder and Dwayne Bravo who combined to put the brakes on the Pakistan scoring rate. Holder returned the excellent figures of 4-26 while Bravo, the leading wicket-taker in all T20 cricket, claimed 2-24 as the tourists squandered a solid platform provided by Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.
Babar’s polished 51 off 58 balls with two sixes and four fours was the topscore of the innings. He put on 67 runs for the third wicket with Rizwan (46) after Sharjeel Khan and Rizwan had set the stage for a challenging target in putting on 56.
Pollard, who played the supporting role in a 70-run fourth-wicket partnership with Pooran to revive the West Indies chances, gave credit to the West Indies bowlers for limiting the visitors after he chose to put them in to bat.
The two teams will return to the same venue on Sunday for the third and penultimate match of the Osaka Batteries Presents PSO Carient T20 Cup. First ball is 11am.
West Indies steamroll Australia to wrap up series 4-1
… Lewis 79, Pooran, Gayle, Cottrell, Russell contribute as well
West Indies had already taken the five match T20I series 3-1, so they needed to wrap up the series on a high, while the Aussies were searching for a consolation win. Evin Lewis played his part and in the end the West Indies stormed to a comfortable 4-1 series win over their opponents, winning the 5th T20I by 16 runs last night as Australia could only afford 183-9 in reply to West Indies 199-8.
Lewis off to a flyer, Gayle cameo
Earlier in the innings West Indies batted first and Evin Lewis wasted no time, he got off to a flyer as he smashed the ball to every part of the ground. Lewis and Andre Fletcher shared an opening partnership of 40, with Lewis being the aggressive one. Fletcher was bowled for 12 after soaking up 16 balls. Nevertheless, Lewis continued to dominate the power play overs, making the Aussies pay. Chris Gayle then came to the crease and only managed to last seven deliveries, but he made it count as he targeted Adam Zampa, however, it was Mitchell Swepson that got him. Gayle departed for 21 off 6 deliveries which was inclusive of 2 fours and 2 sixes at a strike rate of 300.
Lewis continues his rampage, Pooran blitz
Even after Gayle departed with the score on 83-2, Lewis continued to trash the Aussies, he managed to last until over 10.6 contributing 79 off 34 balls which was inclusive of 4 boundaries and 9 towering sixes. Nicholas Pooran then took liking to Adam Zampa as he smashed him for 2 sixes and a boundary in the same over. Between Pooran and Lendl Simmons, the pair contributed 44 runs during their partnership before Simmons departed for 21 with the score on 168-4.
Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran contributions outlined a nice platform for the men in maroon. But, as it began to close into the 20th over, the windies started to swing for the hills and wickets fell in succession. The score moved from 168-4 to 199-8, seeing a total of 4 wickets fall for 31 runs, giving Australia a target of 200 to attain form their allotted 20 overs. Bowling for the Aussies were Andrew Tye with 3-37, Adam Zampa 2-30, Mitchell Marsh 2-12 and Mitchell Swepson 1-41.
Australia eye a consolation win, the chase is on, Wickets tumble
From the get go, just as the West Indies scored at a fast rate so did the Australians, despite losing Josh Phillipe for 1 off the bowling of Sheldon Cottrell. Aaron Finch and the inform Mitchell Marsh made the Windies put in some hard work as they were neck and neck in the chase. Finch (34) and Marsh (30) departed off the bowling of Walsh and Russell respectively but the Aussies were still in the hunt. Moises Henriques played a cameo but he was run out by Nicholas Pooran for 21 and shortly after that Alex Carey fell for 9 as Andre Russell picked up his second wicket of the night. Even Chris Gayle was economical in his bowling (3 overs for 9 runs) as the Aussies found it hard to read his line and length, this only made matters worse as they dug themselves deeper and deeper into a hole as the equation now stood at 70 off 33 balls with 6 wickets in hand. Andre Russell then returned with the ball and removed Matthew Wade for 26 to turn the tide in the West Indies favour, but a six and a four from Andrew Tye changed the equation to 52 off 24 deliveries with the Aussies 6 wickets down.
The Men in Maroon tighten the reigns to wrap up the game
With Matthew Wade now gone, the Windies struck immediately as Sheldon Cottrell removed Andrew Tye. Cottrell then continued his assault as he bagged his third wicket and as the song says “You Know Its Just A Little Too Late”, well that was the case for the men from down under the tail proved futile. In the end West Indies wrapped up the Australian innings to take the series 4-1. Bowling were Andre Russell 3-43, Sheldon Cottrell 3-29 and Hayden Walsh Jr 1-43.
From Imbaimadai to Colombia; Miguel Wong shares his Table Tennis journey
National Table Tennis player Miguel Wong
From a makeshift plywood table to a year of gruelling training in Germany; Miguel Wong is eager to make his mark at this year’s first-ever Junior Pan American Games.
The National Table Tennis player, who now works assiduously on his craft daily, originated from humble beginnings in one of Guyana’s mining regions, Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region 7).
“Both me and my brother were born and raised in a small village of Imbaimadai in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni region. We came to Georgetown for a chance at better education at the Mae’s School, we would stay in Georgetown till the end of the school semester and then we would return,” Wong related.
However, before he became entranced with his current love for Table Tennis, the 20-year-old athlete dabbled in a few other sports.
“Every year during the August period we would travel to the inter-village games which consists of 7-8 villages competing. My dad, at the time, was the goalkeeper for the football team. He was also the volleyball captain, and I would go to his practice and play volleyball and football with all the kids in the community,” he said upon reflection of his beginnings in the world of sport.
“So from a young age I was fairly active and around sports.”
Once he got to the primary level at Mae’s Schools in Subryanville, Georgetown, he was introduced to the sport. Notably, this institution is responsible for the introduction of many young players to the sport, some of whom are amongst Guyana’s National and International Representatives.
“I used to play during my lunch breaks and after school was over. At first it was just mainly to pass time, while waiting for my parents to collect me then later on it became an excuse to stay later after school was over,” the athlete candidly shared.
Recognising his passion for the game, his father, made the necessary strides to ensure that he could also practice at home.
“My dad made a makeshift table from plywood and two stands, which we would play during the afternoons at home.”
A little later on, the youngster was invited to the Titans Table Tennis Club by Coach Dwain Dick, where he still trains.
Wong related, “I played my first competition which was an inter-school games. There I was introduced to Coach Dwain Dick who invited me to his club, and then the rest was history.”
Currently ranked 710 in the Men’s seniors by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) with 168 ranking points, the 20-year-old can be considered as one of the best products of the sport in the nation.
This kind of achievement would bring high expectations but Wong, who is up to the challenge, has nothing but passion for the sport.
“From the day I joined the table tennis club, I dedicated myself to the sport.”
The table tennis player continued, saying, “For those, those who have been around me from the beginning, can attest to the sacrifices on work I’ve put in both on and off the table, maintaining all the late-night trainings and early morning fitness in the National Park has led me to this point.”
Though the youngster possessed a zealous passion for the sport, it was not all fairytales along his journey; there were many hurdles for him to cross, mostly mentally at times.
“My biggest challenges so far was to stay disciplined and committed to the sport. There was a point in time where I was inactive.”
“Due to bad influence of persons around me,” Wong regretfully admitted.
He went on to share on the topic, saying, “It was a very, very bumpy road. There were many times I wanted to stop and put the racquet down, because I wasn’t sure where I was heading in the sport.”
Most recently, for his trip to Germany in 2019, which was eventually extended to about a year’s stay, owing to lockdowns for the coronavirus pandemic, Wong was the recipient of valuable support from corporate Guyana.
Beacon’s Café and King’s Jewellery are amongst some of those who have constantly supported the table tennis player on his journey, a factor that Wong is quite grateful for. “For many athletes, any form of sponsorship helps relieve an enormous amount of baggage. student athletes, for example, they have equipment, training, gym, nutrition, and transportation costs, which would normally have to fall to their parents,” the athlete explained.
He further added, “So, with corporate sponsorship athletes get more marketability. They get access to better training, whether it be abroad or locally. They get to attend more competitions, they get equipment needed to, which will help develop them, and the list goes on.”
When probed about his qualification for the Junior Pan American Games, which is scheduled for November 24 to December 5 in Cali, Colombia, an elated Wong had this to say: “I’m very proud to be able to represent Guyana, the first ever Junior Pan Am Games. This means that I will be the first Junior games, table tennis player to have qualified for these games which is an honour,” The athlete gushed.
Then again, this major event is not just about representation for the 20-year-old. Wong is keen on making a positive mark at the tournament, not only to win a medal, but also to further improve his level of competitiveness.
“I want to compete with the best juniors in the Pan Americas, to test my level and to measure my development over the years. Also, because it is the first of its kind at the junior level, which is one of the reasons why I am looking forward to the event,” he said.
The table tennis player, who is hoping to get the opportunity to train abroad in preparation for the event, shared his intentions for the tournament, stating, “If I’m able to produce great results at this tournament, it will definitely boost my career to another level. It was part of my development as a player.”
For the first time in 25 years, a Guyanese Boxer will suit up for the Olympic Games. Touted as Guyana’s most promising prospect for the Games, Keevin Allicock will get his shot at Olympic stardom during this year’s July 23- August 8 Tokyo Olympics.
Allicock, hailing from Albouystown, broke into the Top 20 International Rankings for his weight class in 2020. He was ranked 19th in the Bantamweight division.
To date, Guyana has copped one Olympic Medal which game at the Moscow Summer Games in 1980. Similar to Keevin Allicock, Michael Paris fought in the bantamweight division and copped a bronze medal at those games.
Allicock joins table tennis player Chelsea Edghill and swimmers Andrew Fowler and Jamila Sanmoogan, who will all be heading to the Olympics Games.
Kaieteur News – Guyana’s Badminton Champion Narayan Ramdhani received the MVP award for the third year in a row at the Kings University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where he is studying and competing in the sport.
Narayan even in the Covid-19 pandemic is trying to keep up with his training as a Badminton hopeful for the Tokyo Olympics. The award was presented to the young player by Head Coach Naeem Haque recently.
Narayan’s major achievements to date: Guyana Current National Ranking No.1 Guyana’s Junior Sportsman of the Year 2016 Highest British Colombia (Canada) Ranking No.3 (2017) Highest Pan Am Junior Ranking No.3 (2016) Highest World Junior Ranking No.53 (2016) AB Canada Current Kings University Ranking No.1 AB Canada Current ACAC Ranking No.2 Canada Current CCAA National Ranking No.4 4-Times Athlete of the Week Kings University (Canada) 2019 & 2020 2-Times ACAC All Conference Award (Canada) 2019 & 2020 3-Times MVP Kings University (Canada) 2019. 2020 & 2021 Athlete of the Year Kings University (Canada) 2018-19 ACAC Championship Gold Medalist (Canada) 2019 CCAA Championships Bronze Medalist (Canada) 2019 Yonex Alberta Series #1 Gold Medalist (Canada) 2019 VCR Jack Under-Hill Tournament Gold Medalist (Canada) 2018 VCR Remembrance Day U-23 Tournament Gold Medalist (Canada) 2017 Caribbean International Bronze Medalist (Suriname) 2018 Caribbean Regional Juniors Gold Medalist ((Aruba) 2016 Caribbean Regional Juniors Bronze Medalist (Dominican Republic) 2015 Caribbean Regional Juniors Silver Medalist (Jamaica) 2014 Caribbean Regional Juniors Bronze Medalist (Puerto Rico) 2013 Caribbean Regional Juniors Bronze Medalist (Dominican Republic) 2012 Caribbean Regional Juniors Silver Medalist (Barbados) 2011 Caribbean Regional Junior Gold Medalist (Suriname) 2007 Peru International Bronze Medalist (2016) Suriname Easter International Gold Medalist (Triple Champion) 2016 South American Youth Games Bronze Medalist (Peru) 2013 Inter Guiana Games Team Silver Medalist (Suriname) 2014 Participated at the CAC Games (Mexico/Colombia) 2014 & 2018 Participated at the Pan Am Games (Canada/Peru) 2015 & 2019 Participated at the Pan Am Olympic Festival Games (Mexico) 2015 Participated at the Commonwealth Games (Australia) 2018 Participated at the South American Games (Bolivia) 2018 Guyana’s Team Captain at the World Juniors (Peru) 2015
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IPL 2019 is underway, and Virat Kohli’s team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are yet to win a game. RCBs performance has been very minimal this season, both with bat and ball. A dejected captain said, his team is yet to find the right balance.
The equation of RCB in this IPL has been 5 defeats from 5 games. Although the team boasts of hard-hitting players, very few have lived up to their names. In fact, cricketers like Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, and Navdeep Saini are called in place of bigger names like Colin de Grandhomme, Shivam Dube, and Prayas Ray Barman.
Virat Kohli mentioned that he wanted to stay optimistic and bring not many changes. But with more and more international players coming to the side after wrapping their commitments, Kohli seems to be muddled. RCB is currently placed last in the points table
THE Cricket World Cup begins today, with hosts England opening their bid to win the tournament for the first time.
Eoin Morgan’s team, the world number one and favourites, take on South Africa led by Faf du Plessis at The Oval (10:30 BST).
Defending champions Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and West Indies also make up the 10-team competition.
They will all play each other once in 50-over matches across 11 venues in England and Wales. The top four teams from the group stage advance to the semi-finals before the final at Lord’s on July 14.
There will be full commentary on every game on Test Match Special and the BBC Sport website will show in-play highlights.
Organisers say that 95% of 800 000 available tickets have been sold, adding it is believed a third of these ticket holders will be new to cricket.
In addition, 150 000 tickets are held by women and children, while some 250 000 have been purchased by south-east Asian fans.
Entering as the best team in the world is a remarkable turnaround for an England side, knocked out in the first round four years ago.
Their rise has largely been built on a powerful batting line-up – they have twice broken the record for the highest total made by a team in an ODI.
“The favourites tag is there for a reason,” Morgan told BBC Sport.
“The level of performances that we’ve produced, particularly at home over the last two years in particular, probably lends itself to us being favourites.
“That might change throughout the tournament; we’ll more than likely come up against some difficult challenges and difficult games that we’ll lose and might have to come back from, but going into the tournament, it certainly sits fine with us.”
England’s dismal showing four years ago was in keeping with a miserable recent World Cup record.
They reached the semi-finals in each of the first five tournaments and were runners-up on three occasions, but they have not won a single knockout game since their last final appearance in 1992.
In 1999, the last of the four previous World Cups to be held in the UK, they were knocked out in the first round.
But, in perhaps the biggest cricketing summer this country has ever known, England will bid to regain the Ashes from Australia after the conclusion of the World Cup, with Morgan saying he was mindful of the opportunity to grow the sport.
He referred to the success of the England women, who won their version on home soil two years ago.
“Cricket here is thriving, the women’s game is thriving,” said Dublin-born Morgan. “The impact of that World Cup was amazing.
“This World Cup won’t have as big an impact unless we go a long way, but it will still have an impact.
“We got knocked out early in 1999, but I still remember it like it was yesterday.”
WHO MIGHT STOP ENGLAND? The schedule of the tournament is a revival of the format used in 1992, when nine teams all played each other before the semis and final.
The 10 participants make it the smallest competition in terms of teams taking part since 1992, and the decision to contract from a 14-team tournament four years ago was criticised for excluding some of cricket’s smaller nations.
However, the 10-team format does mean that most of the teams entering arrive with some prospect of lifting the trophy.
Australia have won four of the past five World Cups and are improving after a turbulent year which saw Steve Smith and David Warner banned for ball-tampering. Both batsmen have returned in time for this tournament.
India are ranked as the second best side in the world and in captain Virat Kohli have perhaps the greatest one-day batsman of all-time.
Their fierce rivals Pakistan were beaten 4-0 by England in the series prior to the World Cup, but they won the Champions Trophy in the UK in 2017 and often peak in tournaments.
West Indies have the ability to post huge totals, and both South Africa and New Zealand, neither of whom have ever won the World Cup, have enough quality to take the title after a number of near misses.
Indeed, of all the teams taking part, it is perhaps only difficult to make a strong case for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or Afghanistan being the eventual champions.
“It will be exciting,” said former England captain Michael Vaughan. “There are so many star quality players across all the teams.
“The batsmen will try to smack the ball to all parts and the only way that bowlers can respond is by being aggressive.”
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June 30, 2018, will forever have a significant mark in the annals of Guyana’s basketball history as it was the day the men played undefeated and won their first Caribbean Basketball Championships (CBC) title.
The 10 team competition which was played at the Anthony Nesty Sports Hall in Suriname, saw Guyana defeat Antigua and Barbuda 83-70 led by captain Stanton Rose with a game-high 23 points.
Ray Victor dropped 13 points while Shaine Webster and Anthony Moe both had 12 points.
Guyana enjoyed a historic day at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Oestersund, Sweden, chalking up victories over Austria and Ireland in Group E action.
Guyana is being represented by siblings Rayad Hussain and Farzana Hussain, who are based in Canada. The pair first got pass Austria 9-6 to record Guyana’s first win ever at the Championship, and followed up with an even more impressive 11-4 win over Ireland.
Guyana is participating in the event for the very first time, as the Guyana Curling Federation was only formed in June 2016. Rayad and Farzana are the only two competitive athletes attached to the Federation at the moment.
Prior to the wins on Tuesday, Guyana suffered three straight defeats at the hands of world number one in Mixed Doubles Canada, Germany and the Korean team that participated in the recent Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
Speaking to News Room immediately after coming off the ice against Austria, Rayad said, “First win for us as a country! So after three losses and really bad games, it’s nice to get that monkey off our back and win. It gives us legitimacy that we’ve won at a World Championship. Many people were kind of skeptical of us from last year. Winning is good at a World Championship and against an established country like Austria I think that’s great!”
He added, “(We’re) starting to feel more confident here so hopefully we can keep it going for the last two games.”
Guyana’s next game is against Brazil on Wednesday.
Editor’s note: Find out more about Curling and the launch of the Guyana Curling Federation in this report.
Prior to the start of IPL 2018, Kings XI Punjab's director Virender Sehwag said Chris Gayle would be worth the money spent on him if he were to win his team two or three games. Gayle has now played two match-winning innings in two matches. Four days after his 33-ball 63 against Chennai Super Kings, Gayle shellacked his sixth IPL hundred and 21st overall in T20s to consign Sunrisers Hyderabad to their first defeat of the season.
On Sunday, Gayle lined-up CSK's medium-pacers, but adopted a different approach against a formidable Sunrisers attack. He saw off Bhuvneshwar Kumar's first spell and later unleashed a brutal assault on Rashid Khan's legspin. All told, Gayle smashed 42 off 16 balls from Rashid at a strike-rate of 262.50.
Gayle batted through the innings for his 104 not out off 63 balls, which also included four twos. In pursuit of 194, Sunrisers lost early wickets as well as Shikhar Dhawan to an elbow injury, and there was no way back for them, despite fifties from their captain Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey.
Kings XI's Jekyll-and-Hyde start
After becoming the first captain to opt to bat this season, R Ashwin reckoned Kings XI would be better off setting a target as opposed to chasing one against the best attack in the tournament at one of India's larger grounds. Gayle and KL Rahul began cautiously against the swing and change-ups of Bhuvneshwar and Chris Jordan, and played out 12 dots in the first three overs. Gayle then launched Kings XI's innings when he hit four boundaries in seven balls, including three leg-side sixes off Jordan and Rashid. In between, he was dropped on 14 by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha off Rashid's first ball - a difficult chance off the toe end when he looked to cut.
Rahul, at the other end, had an early scare when he was given out lbw on 5, but he survived after a review thanks to a thin inside edge. Rahul moved to 18 off 20 before being pinned in front by a Rashid skidder. Rahul's Karnataka team-mate Mayank Agarwal flickered briefly before slicing Siddarth Kaul to backward point for 18 off 9; by then Kings XI were 83 for 2 in the 11th over.
Gayle v Rashid: round-II
With two wickets falling in quick succession, Gayle slowed down and brought up his fifty off 39 balls. He then kicked into top gear and became only the second batsman, after AB de Villiers, to take Rashid for four sixes in an over. Gayle did so off successive balls, in the 14th over, which cost 27 runs.
When Rashid erred too full, Gayle simply opened up hips and put the sightscreen in danger, and when Rashid dragged his length back he mowed the ball over the leg side. The visual moment of the over, though, came when he hared back for a second run off the last ball and wore a wry smile.
With their premier spinner leaking runs, Sunrisers were forced to look beyond their frontline options. Deepak Hooda, however, could not do much with his part-time offspin.
Gayle's party continues
After getting to his first fifty off 39 balls, Gayle surged to his second off only 19 balls. He moved to 99 with his 11th six - the most by a batsman this season - and raised the landmark by guiding one past backward point in the 19th over. He brought out the 'cradle' and later dedicated the innings to his daughter, who will turn two on Friday.
Gayle found supporting hands from Karun Nair (31) and Aaron Finch (14*) as Kings XI finished strongly at 193 for 3. Rashid was left nursing his worst T20 figures of 4-0-55-1.
Sunrisers sink in chase
Sunrisers received a big blow in the first over when Dhawan retired hurt after taking a blow to the elbow, and he did not return to bat. Mohit Sharma varied his pace excellently and bowled both Wriddhiman Saha and Yusuf Pathan to leave Sunrisers 37 for 2 in five overs.
Williamson and Pandey worked past the early blows with a 76-run stand for the third wicket, but they struggled to keep in touch with the soaring asking rate. Mujeeb Zadran's mystery spin, Andrew Tye's control, and the bigger boundaries in Mohali did not help Sunrisers' cause either. When Williamson holed out for 54 off 41 balls in the 15th over, Sunrisers were left needing 81 off 34 balls. It was just too much for a middle order lacking muscle.
The match is being staged to raise funds to rebuild and restore five major cricketing venues in the Caribbean that were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria as well as aid other community cricket facilities. Tickets are now available athttps://tickets.lords.org/.
Cricket West Indies CEO, Johnny Grave, said: "On behalf of CWI, I'd like to thank the players for their commitment to and support of this vital cause.
"We're hoping to raise a significant sum from the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge and are very grateful to the MCC, ECB and ICC, without whom this match would not be taking place."
The five venues damaged or in need of restoration are Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla; Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica; A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground in the British Virgin Islands; Carib Lumber Ball Park in St Maarten; and Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua, which was temporarily converted to host refugees from Barbuda following Hurricane Irma.
Windies squad for theHurricane Relief T20 Challenge: Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Kesrick Williams
Sunrisers Hyderabad 139 for 5 (Williamson 50, Shakib 27, Narine 2-17) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 138 for 8 (Lynn 49, Karthik 29, Bhuvneshwar 3-26, Shakib 2-21, Stanlake 2-21) by five wickets Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Shakib Al Hasan loops one up BCCI
Sunrisers Hyderabad panicked and flailed in a chase again, but nowhere near as much as they had on Friday. Captain Kane Williamson's half-century, and his 59-run stand with Shakib Al Hasan sealed yet another win that was set up by their bowlers, who had managed to keep Kolkata Knight Riders to 138 for 8 in 20 overs to lay the foundation for a five-wicket win. It was Sunrisers' first away match of the season and the win puts them firmly on top of the points table.
Knight Riders had a sluggish start to the game after they were put in and apart from Lynn's 49 that stretched across a brief rain interval, they barely had a foot in the game. That was until they realised their three-pronged spin attack was virtually impossible to score of. For much of Sunrisers' chase, Knight Riders were calling the shots; but with every over of spin bowled, the Williamson-Shakib alliance grew more confident and a calculated acceleration against pace at the right time put to rest the prospect of collapse-and-recovery style win.
Knight Riders tie themselves up with their tactics
Knight Riders made all the team changes that were demanded of them - Vinay Kumar was left out along with Rinku Singh, and the teenage duo of Shubman Gill and Shivam Mavi came in for them.
Sunil Narine didn't have a good time against Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday. Robin Uthappa did. So when Uthappa was pushed up to open - for only the second time since the end of the 2016 season - against a vastly superior fast bowling attack, it didn't seem plausible that Gill and Mavi would end up batting one after the other, at No. 7 and 8.
As it turned out, Uthappa's plan to get his eye in from a familiar batting position didn't work out. Chris Lynn and Nitish Rana brought the momentum with their second-wicket stand of 39, before a red-hot Billy Stanlake cramped Rana on the cut - his most productive shot of the evening - and had him lift one to Manish Pandey's right at point; the former Knight Riders batsman took the first of two world-class catches with a lunge to his right and a grab on the second attempt as he fell towards the floor.
It was at this point that Knight Riders made the mysterious punt of sending Narine at No. 4. Perhaps the decision was informed by the fact that they were going at less than seven per over, but it was a strange one nonetheless - Narine had only batted at No. 4 once before this innings. In the Pakistan Super League.
If quick runs were the requirement, they didn't come. When Narine well for 9, he had consumed 10 balls and hit only one boundary. It had caused a telling change in the batting order.
Sunrisers stay true to character
As expected whenever they go out, Sunrisers had clearly set out roles for their bowlers. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was allowed to find swing early on, Stanlake was given the license to hit the deck hard, and Kaul was the pacer who would then go full. Perhaps the only way it didn't go right was that Lynn enjoyed the predominantly back-of-a-length bowling that fed his punches through and over the infield as he backed away. But he was stopped on 49, trying to drive off that very same length against Shakib Al Hasan, who held on smartly to his left off his own bowling. The left-arm spinner had a dot-ball percentage of 44% through his spell and his two wickets forced Dinesh Karthik to drop anchor. Knight Riders tried to replicate their full-attack policy that had worked against Super Kings after they'd lost five wickets cheaply, but there was no coming back tonight. Stanlake got Andre Russell to splice one between point and third man, and Pandey was there once again, this time sprinting backwards before lunging to hold on.
For the 10th time in 16 matches since the start of the 2016 season, Sunrisers managed to restrict a team to less than 150 while bowling first. And this was on a night when Rashid Khan went for 31 and got no wickets.