Guyana Amazon Warriors v Red Steel, CPL, Guyana July 17, 2014

Narine's Super-Over maiden sinks Red Steel

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Red Steel 118 for 8 (Lewis 39, Beaton 2-15, Narine 2-23) tied with Guyana Amazon Warriors 118 for 9 (Barnwell 37, Badree 3-18)
Guyana Amazon Warriors won the Super Over
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The spelling in this poster supporting Sunil Narine was not spot on, but the prediction was © LatinContent/Getty Images

A low-scoring contest in Guyana boiled down to one of the most remarkable finishes in Twenty20 cricket. Red Steel made two grievous errors in the field in the final over of the chase, allowing Guyana Amazon Warriors' last wicket to tie the game, after which Sunil Narine took the spotlight. Defending 11 in the Super Over, the Warriors' spinner delivered a wicket maiden to secure his team's second win of the 2014 CPL.

Narine was up against Red Steel's wicketkeeper Nicolas Pooran, who had hit the spinner for 11 runs off four balls during the chase. In the Super Over, however, Pooran could not get bat on ball for the first four deliveries, before holing out at long-off. Warriors had already all but won the game, and Narine beat New Zealand's Ross Taylor with the final ball to complete his maiden over.

Red Steel should have never let the match enter the Super Over phase. Like Narine later, Dwayne Bravo also had 11 to defend, and Warriors had only two wickets in hand. He conceded two off the first ball, none off the second, and Krishmar Santokie was run out attempting a second run off the third. That left Bravo with eight to defend off the last three balls, and he could do little about the shambles that followed.

Ronsford Beaton cut the fourth ball to point, where Fidel Edwards misfielded to allow a boundary. He slogged at the fifth and scampered a double after the ball fell in no-man's land. The last ball did not fall in no-man's land. Needing three to win, Beaton skied a catch to the keeper and not only did Pooran drop it, he was also unable to prevent the second run that tied the game. Unfortunately for him, Narine was about to make his evening much worse.

Until that manic finish, the match had been a sedate affair, with the bowlers dominating after Warriors chose to field. Evin Lewis and Pooran were the only Red Steel batsmen to pass 20, and Pooran's 37 off 17 balls helped his team reach 118 for 8 in 20 overs. Narine and Beaton took two wickets each, and Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez claimed 1 for 11 in his four-over spell.

Chasing 119, Lendl Simmons was firm at one end but Warriors lost many wickets at the other to slip to 43 for 5, with Samuel Badree taking three wickets. When Simmons fell with the score on 56 for 6, Red Steel were firmly on top. Christopher Barnwell, however, found a steady partner in Narine, whose first act in thwarting Red Steel was contributing 16 to a partnership of 44. When they fell in quick succession, though, the game seemed up, until those errors in the field allowed Warriors to tie the match and then play their ace.

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  • dummy4fb on July 19, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    One of the most exciting matches of recent times and the better team came out on top.Bravo sacrificed Nicholas Pooran when he himself was needed to bat in the super over.He showed his unsuitability to fufill a captains responsibility.

  • mngc1 on July 19, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    @wapuser. Has it ever been done in a superover when batsmen go all out off every ball?

  • wapuser on July 19, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    Its incredible. However once Muhammad Amir did a 5 wicket (2 run out) maiden over against mighty Australians in an International T20.

  • espncricinfomobile on July 18, 2014, 22:44 GMT

    i hate the England vs India match, it has taken away my friends from India otherwise we'd known by now if it ever happened, who was the first person (mostly indian) to bowl a maiden super over, international and first class, all stats. Narine is one of a kind in t20. good job young man

  • willsrustynuts on July 18, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    That is a cracking result for the little magician. Great fun!

  • Vilander on July 18, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    How is it even possible to do this, its like a sir jadeja joke but only in real life. He is a godzilla in t20 but becomes a gekko once tests are around its bloody hilarious what he can do in t20.

  • dummy4fb on July 18, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    You have maiden super over and yet only 2 balls from the over is present in the highlights? I am disappointed.

  • dummy4fb on July 18, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    @Alex Alleyne. Narine is currently being paid loads of money to travel all over the world, bowl 4 overs per game mostly in the night. He then fields a few balls and occasionally he gets to swing his bat. Why on earth should he think about standing in the hot sun for five days bowling 40+ overs per innings for small money. Please leave him alone and get off WICB's back.

  • dummy4fb on July 18, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    It is equal to a batsman hitting six sixes in a super over. It is a pity that bowlers never get their due. Remarkable feat. Now only if he can take some test wickets on a consistent basis.

  • espncricinfomobile on July 18, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    Narine did a marvelous job....well done

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