full on leg, inside edge goes to short fine leg. Bravo content to let this be. Tahir goes bonkers again.
11:30 pm Reminder that tomorrow is a day off before TKR takes on the Tridents at Queen's Park Oval. A win by TKR will confirm the playoff matches with Knight Riders taking on the Warriors in the 1 v 2 qualifier straight to the final. But a Tridents win will force TKR to beat Guyana in Guyana in their last league match or else the Tridents will play the Warriors in that 1 v 2 match and the Knight Riders will be forced to play the Patriots in the 3 v 4 encounter. Anyway, come back and join us then. For Vishal Dikshit, I'm Peter Della Penna. Take care!
GAW captain Shoaib Malik: "I'm very pleased. Credit goes to the guys. They are keeping themselves fit. They are consistent with ball and bat. They fight to the end and that's the key. Hemraj's innings up front was excellent. If one of your batsmen from the top-order scores 50-plus, that gives you an edge. You can score big and then Shepherd at the end, his innings was exceptional. We've seen him in training, he can hit the ball far and that's what we expected of him. It's a great sign whenever someone gets an opportunity they grab it with both hands. I would like to congratulate our bowlers. Even though it was a wet outfield, they bowled brilliantly. They kept their line and were calm. Credit goes to them."
TKR captain Kieron Pollard: "I thought in the back end of the innings we gave 15-20 runs too much. Although conditions were damp [for bowlers], it was the same for both teams. A little more precision in our execution could have got us chasing a lower total. We have to look at our overall cricket and do some introspection. We have to look at our attitude on the field. The entire tournament the fielding has been atrocious. The catching has been piss poor and we are falling into a trap of dropping a couple of crucial catches, Shepherd and Hemraj dropping simple chances. We need to bat in partnerships and we need to bowl well. So in all aspects we need to improve as a team."
Romario Shepherd is named Player of the Match for his late first innings cameo, 32* off 13 balls (he was dropped on 15): "When I was going out to bat, Shoaib told me to keep my eyes on the ball because I can hit a six to any part of the ground so that's what I went to go out and do. He gave me a promotion and I went out there with confidence knowing they back me 100%. The wicket was kind of slow, similar to Guyana. Shoaib told us to hit top of off stump and that's what we went out to do. We knew dew would be a factor so we just tried to wipe the ball off and keep it as dry as possible."
11:07 pm Guyana keep their perfect record in tact and have set a CPL record with their eighth straight win. Pressure is now on TKR to beat the visiting Barbados Tridents in two nights or else another loss means TKR will have to defeat the Warriors in Providence in order to avoid the 3rd v 4th place eliminator knockout match. Two losses in a row would put the Tridents into the 1 v 2 qualifier for a straight shot to the CPL Final. The Patriots are technically second on the points table right now but all the remaining permutations show that they will drop below either the Tridents or Knight Riders (or both) one way or another barring rain.
quicker ball bowled full on fourth stump, goes back to flick through to long-on.
Neesham enters with the match effectively over.
Tahir goes bonkers even though the match was already sealed a ball earlier! Flighted on a good length on middle, Pollard way out in front slogging this, spins back to peg back middle stump and Tahir doesn't restrain himself under any circumstance, running straight for the stands to gloat in front of the Trini posse!
Barring a no ball or wide, this match is over.
drags this googly way wider outside off, Bravo reaches out to heave this straight, but off the toe and it flutters straight up before landing on the edge of the ring.
well, there's the first one ticked off by Bravo! short ball on fourth stump, pumped high over cow corner.
Match has now gone beyond 4 hours as Tahir and Shoaib Malik are taking a long time to set the field when every ball has to go for 6.
full ball smashed flat down the ground, Hetmyer tumbles to stop this on the rope.
TKR missed out on two meaty full tosses last over that should have both gone for 6. Instead it was a single off both so instead of needing 19 off the last over, it's 29. Flash back to the last two overs of the first innings too when Shepherd was dropped off Ali Khan and then took 17 off the remaining deliveries, including a no ball hit for six followed by a free hit four for 11 runs off the last legal ball. Looming large now.
Tahir on for the final over.
another meatball at thigh height on middle, two balls in a row that should've gone for six but Pollard mishits this into the ground through midwicket and Paul hares after it to deny a second run.
knee high full toss on middle, meatball served up to Bravo but he can only flub his drive into the ground to extra cover.
yorker on fourth stump, guided out to short third man.
very full on fifth stump, driven straight to extra cover. 50 up for Bravo off 42 balls, but he's angry and frustrated, no raise of the bat.
dropped! The captain puts down the captain! Length ball on fourth stump, swatted flat to Shoaib Malik's right at long-on. He ran 10 yards right and did a bunny hop when he didn't need to. The ball dipped and his hands were in an awkward position after the jump and it clangs out at chest height. Was about an 8/10 chance on difficulty with the speed and angle it was coming in but Shoaib made it harder with that unnecessary jump.
Pollard has been sweating profusely for the last 10 overs and that sweat is seeping into his gloves. Change needed causing a brief delay.
short and wide, Pollard goes inside out getting more toe than middle of the bat on this sending it over extra cover. Long-off runs across in vain.
Captain Pollard has a word with the umpires between overs about that non-call. If that was Pollard on strike, clearly not a wide on height but it was marginal for Bravo, who is about a foot shorter.
slower bouncer on the body, Bravo tries to hook but misses, he's pleading for a wide to be called on height by square leg but to no avail. Brilliant from Laughlin to end the over.
slower ball on fifth stump bowled very short, Bravo way out in front of this.
it's clobbering time! Knee high full toss on off, Laughlin misfires a yorker and Bravo smokes this over long-off.
yorker sprayed down leg, Bravo missed trying to flick off his pads and it clips the flap through to Pooran to avoid a wide.
yorker on middle, stabbed out well by Pollard to point. Great comeback ball by the Aussie pace bowler.
hardy har har! Pollard has a Laugh(lin) into the upper deck over cow corner! Length ball on off is slaughtered almost over the roof!
full on the stumps, driven flat over the bowler and looked like it would be a simple four but Shoaib Malik placed himself practically as straight as possible behind the umpire and keeps it to one.
length ball on fifth stump, slogged flat to Hetmyer at long-on, awful misfield by the youngster charging 20 yards to his left as the ball goes through his legs turning a single into a boundary.