Chasing a competitive 179 at the Guyana National Stadium Wednesday night, the Tallawahs got 104 off 66 deliveries from opener King but no other batsman passed 15, leaving the innings short of real momentum.
The Tallawahs required 20 from the final over but King was one of three wickets to perish as their run chase fizzled out for 166 with a ball to spare, resulting in a damaging fifth defeat which left them third in the standings on eight points.
For their part, the success was important for the Amazon Warriors, handing them their second win in seven games, to move to five points. They need to win their remaining three games to guarantee themselves of a playoff spot.
Asked to bat first, they owed their total of 178 for eight off their 20 overs to Shai Hope’s 60 off 45 balls but equally to Odean Smith’s stunning 16-ball 42 at number eight.
The right-handed Hope, batting at number three, struck four fours and three sixes in an attractive knock but when he missed a pull at Afghan off-spinner Mohammad Nabi (three for 12) and was bowled in the 16th over, Amazon Warriors were stalling at 97 for six.
Smith then entered to transform the innings, the broad-shouldered West Indies all-rounder blasting a half-dozen sixes – five coming in the 18th over sent down by South African fast bowler Migael Pretorius.
Crucially, he put on 74 for the eighth wicket with Keemo Paul who lashed two fours and two sixes in a 12-ball unbeaten 22.
In reply, South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir (two for 17) struck twice as Tallawahs crawled to 58 for three in the 10th over before King dominated a 54-run fourth wicket stand with Raymon Reifer (six) to repair the damage.
All told, King counted eight fours and seven sixes, gathering his first fifty off 38 balls before completing triple figures off another 26 deliveries.
He lacked support, however, and his dismissal – run out off the third delivery of the final over attempting a desperate second run – sealed his side’s demise.
AMAZON WARRIORS 178-8, 20 overs (Shai Hope 60, Odean Smith 42; Mohammad Nabi 3/12, Chris Green 2/24)
vs TALLAWAHS 166, 19.5 overs (Brandon King 104; Imran Tahir 2/17, Odean Smith 2/26, Gudakesh Motie 2/36)
—AMAZON WARRIORS won by 12 runs.