New South Wales v Tasmania, Twenty20 Big Bash 2010-11, Sydney January 19, 2011

Tigers go top after tight finish

The Bulletin by Alex Malcolm

Tasmania 6 for 152 (Birt 47, Cummins 3-29) beat New South Wales 5 for 150 (Warner 38, Rohrer 47*, Naved 2-31)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The Tasmania Tigers survived a chaotic final over to claim an extraordinary win at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney and go top of the Big Bash table.

Man-of-the-Match Rana Naved-ul-Hasan kept his head when everyone around him was losing theirs, as a missed run out, a dropped catch, and a bizarre wide call all featured in a final over that had to be seen to be believed.

The Tigers looked safe with 18 runs required from the last six balls but Ben Rohrer played the shot of the tournament off the first ball of the last over, stepping outside off and ramping a near-perfect yorker over fine leg for six to give the New South Wales Blues a chance.

Two balls later, Rohrer should have been run out turning for an ambitious two. Ben Hilfenhaus fired the throw in from long off to the striker's end but stand-in wicketkeeper Travis Birt missed the stumps when trying to whip the bails off, which allowed Rohrer to get home.

Rohrer then survived a dropped catch by Xavier Doherty off the next ball to get two more. The fifth delivery was a perfect slower ball, Rohrer backed away and missed, the batsmen pinched one to the keeper, and got another run and an extra ball from the umpire who called an incredibly harsh wide.

Steve O'Keefe dug out a great yorker from the extra ball which yielded only a single. The last was a low full toss but Rohrer could not find the rope and the Tigers held on for a nail-biting two-run win.

The Blues had been in cruise control at 0 for 69 after 8 overs in pursuit of their target of 153. David Warner (38) and Usman Khawaja (33) were ticking along nicely before Warner gifted his wicket to offspinner Jason Krejza. Krejza had been unlucky earlier, when he opened the bowling and trapped Khawaja plumb in front first ball, but the umpire was unmoved.

The Tigers had a number of umpiring decisions go against them, including the third umpire reprieving Moises Henriques, who looked for all intents and purposes to have been run out.

Krejza's wicket sparked an inspired move from Tigers captain George Bailey. Worried that Krejza only had one over left in his quota, having conceded eight runs in three, Bailey turned to opening batsman Rhett Lockyear to roll out some offbreaks. Lockyear's second ball bowled Phillip Hughes who looked all at sea. Curiously, though, Krejza never returned to complete his four.

Naved-ul-Hasan bowled Khawaja and Peter Nevill in consecutive balls to set the Blues back. First the classy left hander was deceived by a crafty slower ball, and then Nevill lost his middle stump to a searing yorker, leaving NSW reeling at 4 for 78.

But Rohrer (47 not out off 29 balls) showed his experience and composure to keep the Bues alive only for Naved to have the last laugh.

The Tigers' total of 6 for 152 proved just enough. Travis Birt top-scored for the visitors with a powerful 47 while 17-year-old NSW debutant Pat Cummins proved a slippery customer claiming 3 for 29 in a spell where he regularly clocked 140kph.