11th Match, Basseterre, Sep 1 2021, Caribbean Premier League
Match tied (Amazon won the one-over eliminator)
Player Of The Match
end of over 207 runs • 2 wickets
GAW: 138/9CRR: 6.90 
Naveen-ul-Haq13 (5)
Akeal Hosein 4-0-16-1
Isuru Udana 3-0-38-0

2.05pm: Have you caught your breath? We're still holding ours in.

1.44pm: Trinbago Knight Riders have won the toss for the Super Over and decided to bowl first. Yep we have a toss for the Super Over too. On the edge - of seats, knives, nerves.

Our stats genius Gaurav Sundararaman has this cool trivia: If Narine bowls to Pooran it will be reverse of what happened in 2014. Same teams but pooran played for red steel and narine for Guyana

1.40pm: Whew what a finish. And the match isn't done yet. What a 40 overs this was. Knight Riders struggled to 138 for 9. Warriors were behind in the chase for a large part thanks to Narine chiefly, then Pooran came and smashed them into contention. Hosein plucked out a blinder. Then Shepherd showed his big-hitting. And then Hosein came back to keep his cool in the last over, though Naveen was not yet done. Both teams 138 for 9.

Hosein to Tahir, 1 run, OUT

we have a Super Over. What a finish. Tahir manages to get some bat on it, pushes it towards point. The batsmen set off on a mad sprint. They have to try for two. There isn't two and the throw comes in at the striker's end and Tahir is run out.

Imran Tahir run out (Udana/†Ramdin) 2 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100

Two to win. One to tie.

Hosein to Naveen-ul-Haq, 1 run

nicely bowled. Comes on the front foot to try and nudge it softly for two, but this rips across him and takes the outside edge to short third man so they get only a single

Hosein to Naveen-ul-Haq, FOUR runs

reverse swept for four. Audacity. Changed stance early and threw everything into hit. Got it over point and into the boundary

Hosein to Tahir, 1 run

innovation from Tahir, and he even wanted two! Naveen not even looking at him. Tahir goes down and paddle sweeps it fine

This is one wild roller-coaster of a matcy. Imran Tahir on strike now.

Hosein to Shepherd, OUT

and he's castled him. What a day Hosein is having. Flat and quick on the stumps, hint of turn away, Shepherd again looking to send this to Jamaica with that big wind-up. He misses, Akeal hits.

Romario Shepherd b Hosein 18 (15m 9b 1x4 2x6) SR: 200
Hosein to Shepherd, no run

big heave at that length ball outside off connects only with air

Only 8 needed off the last over with the main bowlers bowled out. Hosein is going to bowl it. Spin in the last over. Interesting. Pollard's only other option was himself. Hosein has pulled off one miraculous event in this game. He now needs another.

end of over 1914 runs
GAW: 131/7CRR: 6.89 RRR: 8.00 • Need 8 runs from 6b
Romario Shepherd18 (7)
Naveen-ul-Haq8 (3)
Isuru Udana 3-0-38-0
Ravi Rampaul 4-0-29-4
Udana to Shepherd, 1 run

makes room and squirts this full ball outside off to third man off the top edge. Third man runs forward to dive and try to catch it, but can't reach. Does well to stop it with his body

Udana to Shepherd, SIX runs

yorker goes wrong and ends as a low full toss, and Shepherd absolutely drills this. Hard, flat and straight, into the sightscreen. Hits a camera there

Udana to Shepherd, no run

stays in his crease this time and Udana has read his mind almost because this is a yorker length ball in the channel. He misses connecting with the booming drive

Udana to Shepherd, no run

going way across, almost at a 9th stump, and this is well bowled by Udana at the batsman. He is looking to slog-sweep, misses

Udana to Naveen-ul-Haq, 1 run

gets adventurous and dances down the track, the bowler keeps it wide of off, he manages to reach it and steer to deep point

Udana to Naveen-ul-Haq, SIX runs

boom. Naveen ul-Haq's not hanging about either. Full ball outside off and he tears into that with a full-blooded extra cover drive that carries all the way

DaWolf: "@Rama - because having better batsmen down the order can mean scoreboard pressure mounts with the inferior batting above. It's not just whether King can bat down the order: but also who bats in his place above. You generally want your best batsmen facing the most balls, with some exceptions such as pinch hitters where it's all about strike rate."