Nicholas Pooran returned to haunt the team which let him go, slamming a stroke-filled unbeaten half-century as Guyana Amazon Warriors strolled to their third straight win with a dominant 47-run victory over Barbados Tridents here Sunday night.
Sent in at the Guyana National Stadium, Amazon Warriors recovered from a shaky start to post a challenging 180 for four, with the left-handed Pooran stroking 61 off just 30 balls.
Left-handed opener Chandrapaul Hemraj had earlier punished the Tridents bowlers with a top score of 63 from 55 deliveries while all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford arrived late on to unleash a savage 14-ball unbeaten 32.
Left-hander Nicholas Pooran goes on the attack during his unbeaten 61 against former team Barbados Tridents on Sunday.
In reply, Tridents extended their woeful run in the CPL dating back to last season, dismissed for 133 in the 17th over with only Ashley Nurse, batting at number seven, showing any enterprise with a top score of 40 of 25 balls.
South African left-hander JP Duminy, a late inclusion in the Tridents squad, was the only other player to reach 20.
Fast bowler Romario Shepherd further enhanced his credentials by snatching four for 13 from just 16 balls while leg-spinner Shadab Khan picked up two for 39.
The victory sent the hosts top of the early standings on six points, alongside Trinbago Knight Riders on points but ahead of them on net run rate.
Tridents, meanwhile, have now lost eight games on the trot dating back to last season when they won two of their first three outings, before losing the next seven including all five home games at Kensington Oval.
It was Tridents, however, who struck the early blow when captain Jason Holder had Brandon King (1) caught at the wicket, top-edging a pacy short-ball in the third over with eight runs on the board.
Hemraj counter-attacked, dominating a 35-run, second wicket stand with Shimron Hetmyer who spent 12 balls over nine before being brilliantly taken by a diving substitute Hayden Walsh at point off fast bowler Roshon Primus (2-35).
When captain Shoaib Malik nicked Primus...