GAW 2nd practice match ends in blackout

– Khan hits right areas on opening day with team

It was the second instance in as many nights that the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) players witnessed a power outage at the Guyana National Stadium at Providence.

Battle of the Pakistanis, Shadab Khan and Shoaib Malik, during the second practice match (Dexter Ceres photo)

On the opening night, the players left the field for 26 minutes before play resumed, but on the second night, the recurrence of this unexpected event led to play being abandoned after the first innings.
Playing the second match with mixed teams (including a few players from the Rest Team), Shoaib Malik and company scored 127-7 in their allotted 20 overs. A few players were given extra opportunity to bat as the GAW continue their preparation for their opening match on Thursday, September 5.
Brandon King looked at his usual best, smashing one six and a four in his brief innings of 12. He was, however, undone by the sheer brilliance of Shadab Khan, who hit the right areas on his first day in Guyana.
The Pakistan leg-spinning superstar removed the other opener, Chandrapaul Hemraj, caught for nine.
Anthony Bramble, Nicholas Pooran and Sherfane Rutherford were given multiple ‘opportunities’. Batting first, Pooran was caught by Ben Laughlin for one, Rutherford was removed by Odean Smith for six, and Bramble scored 11 on his first bat of the night.
In his second knock, Bramble scored 15, while Pooran hit 12 and Rutherford hit 22.
The most composed innings of the night came from Captain Shoaib Malik, who struck three boundaries in his bright innings, and remained unbeaten on 22.
Khan, who touched down in Guyana less than 24 hours before this game, ended his magical night of practice with 3-22 in four overs, including one maiden; while pacer Smith had 2-27 in three overs.
Veerasammy Permaul had 1-12 in three overs, Chris Green had 0-23, Ben Laughlin had 0-18, and Romario Shepherd had 0-24 in three overs.