Guyana Amazon Warriors have pulled off a remarkable heist. Kept it full and angling across him outside off, Seifert moved well across and tried to blast it straight, but no timing on it. Long off can field it easily and the Warriors break out into celebratory hugs all around. What a game. What win.
2.20pm: Well that brings us to the end of the most action-packed game of CPL 2021 so far. We're not done for today though, there'll be Jamaica Tallawahs taking on table toppers St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in a few hours. But for now, just soak in this fantastic game. So many heroes. Udana with a valuable cameo at the end. Hafeez with crucial wickets. Then Narine turning on the magic, first in regular time then in Super Over time. Pooran, coming and middling the ball from the start after a Narine double-wicket over. Akeal Hosein. What a catch. What a nerveless show in the last over. What a wonderful talent. And Romario Shepherd. He had mis-fields and dropped catches off him but still took 3 wickets. He came in when King and Pooran had fallen off successive balls but blithely blasted the bowling for sixes. And then bowled the Super Over to defend 7. Each of them, and several others besides, were heroes. That's as good a closing thought as any, so it's goodbye from Saurabh Somani, on behalf of Sreshth and Chandan too.
Nicholas Pooran: We fought really hard as a franchise and a cricket team. We bowled extremely well today. When we batted, we kind of batted ourselves in a hole today, we didn't have enough intent in the middle overs. We came out on the right side today but it's something to think on. First thing I told Romario before the CPL started was that this is his year. The way he was batting, bowling, fielding. His ethics, his body language, he wants to win games for the teams. He proved he was a match-winner again today and I'm very happy for him. Definitely last over of Sunil, those batsmen at the end, I expect them to finish it. Polly bowled an over and I felt we didn't read the situation (should have gone after Pollard rather than Narine). We're bonding as a family off the cricket field as well. We have started our journey now, so we just want to build on this confidence wise.
Kieron Pollard: I take full responsibility for that (the Super Over defeat). It has been challenging (to score). You have seen all teams struggling but having said that, we need to play with smarts. I thought we were short, but we bowled well. After the wicket of Nicholas we should have been tighter, instead of giving freebies to Romario, but these things happen. (Hosein's catch) That was fantastic. The way he has been going throughout the tournament was fantastic. And the way he came and bowled the last over, defended 8 and took us to the last over, showed his talent.
Romario Shepherd is the Player of the Match: The coach told me before I went out to bat that I would bowl the over. I was confident. The wicket on the first ball was important, it put them on the backfoot. I'm pleased, I'm developing with the bat also. I'm going out there and finishing games for us also. Every victory for us is important. We didn't want to go three down.
2.05pm: Have you caught your breath? We're still holding ours in.
keeps it well wide of off and Seifert falls over while trying to carve it through the offside. Can't connect! Four needed from the last ball
moves across a bit to low full toss on off, and lashes it hard through cover. Hetmyer at deep cover fumbles, it was hit very hard. That means the batsmen have time to sprint back for the second
superb bowling, yorker speared into him, he manages to squeeze it out to cover and scamper a single
down the track, but Shepherd keeps it wide and almost out of his reach. Gets the toe-end to it and it rolls back down the pitch
wicket first ball. What a start, and it's Pollard too. Full ball on off from around the stumps, Pollard went for one of his powerful, no follow-through sixes, but didn't get the elevation needed and only picked out long-off.
Kieron Pollard and Colin Munro will be the Knight Riders' batsmen for the Super Over to start.
So it's going to be Tahir to bowl the Super Over for Warriors. Two spinners bowling the Super Over, that's got to be quite rare. Oh it's not Tahir, though he was turning his arm over. It'll be Romario Shepherd.
So only 6 runs for Warriors in the Super Over and they didn't even last all six balls. Narine carried on his form from the game into the Super Over. Can Knight Riders get victory? They'll surely be favourites
and it's all over with a top-edged sweep being caught by Ramdin. Just like he had in the game, Hetmyer can't connect cleanly with a sweep off Narine. Gets a top edge that goes steepling high but straight up. Ramdin steps forward, waits a long time and calmly catches it
finally gets some meat on the ball, Narine slides down leg and Hetmyer swipes him through backward square leg to find the boundary
Pooran has been caught by Pollard on the boundary. Unfurls the reverse sweep but he hasn't connected pristinely enough, and can only pick out Pollard at deep cover. Key wicket.
Goes down leg again but Hetmyer didn't move much. Still can't get hold of it, trying to sweep, goes over the keeper and lands safe
Gives himself a lot of room but Narine follows and Pooran can't get the timing on the thump to deep midwicket
Pooran and Hetmyer the two Warriors batsmen to come out for the Super Over. I'd have Romario Shepherd as the third man if needed. And it indeed is Sunil Narine to bowl.
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.
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.
Two to win. One to tie.
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
reverse swept for four. Audacity. Changed stance early and threw everything into hit. Got it over point and into the boundary
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
gets adventurous and dances down the track, the bowler keeps it wide of off, he manages to reach it and steer to deep point
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."
that's got air miles on it. Shepherd serves notice that this game ain't over yet. Short ball, sat up, and he rocked back to pull this with all the considerable force he has, sending it way over deep midwicket
length ball comign into him, pace completely off, he has to wait for it and pushes it towards point
Sean Daniel: "Guyana need exactly the same runs scored by the last three from TKR in the same deliveries. "
back of a length on the stumps, took pace off it, Shepherd pulls very hard, can't time it well, ball rolls through square leg
anti climax. short ball that Romario pulls to the deep square leg boundary
34 off 16 needed and Pooran's just gone, one ball after King. So it's a hat-trick ball for Rampaul.
incredible stunner of a catch by Akeal Hosein. That is fabulous. Jonty Rhodes would have been proud of it. Michael Jordan would have been proud of the hang time on it. This was a full ball outside off and Pooran launched into it ferociously, moving across and unleashing a cover drive. Looked like he would clear Hosein over cover, but he leaped up, left hand outstretched above his head, and grabbed it behind his head with arm at full stretch and body in the air. Turns and lands, keeps the ball safe. Avoids touching the boundary rope too. That is out of the world.
Romario Shepherd. He can tonk a few too.
he's pulled it straight to deep midwicket. Rampaul strikes. King had to go for it with the asking rate, which he might not have had to do if the Warriors had a different batting order. Oh well. This was short outside off, he mis-timed his pull and it went straight down the fielder's throat.
rama knian: "So what if King is an opening batsman?This is T20, and real T20 batsmen should be able to bat in any position." -- more than any position, T20 is situational batting. If you are 120/1 in 15 overs, then you might not want to send the slated No.3, but the man who can best take advantage of the last 5 overs. King's demotion though, I think had to do with a lack of form
full on the stumps, uses his wrists to work this through midwicket. They hare between the wickets to get a second
length ball outside off, he's shuffling across a bit, flat bats a pull through midwicket