Sunil Narine’s world record wicket maiden in a T20 super-over was enough to clinch Guyana Amazon Warriors’ second win of the 2014 Caribbean Premier League when they played Red Steels on Thursday evening.
The spinner remarkably failed to concede a single run when bowling the decisive over at the end of the match, after both sides had scored equal runs in their allotted innings. Narine becomes the first bowler to achieve a maiden in a super-over in a professional cricket match.
Many sporting fans have recently witnessed athletes under immense pressure in penalty shootouts at the World Cup in Brazil, but this feat took equal focus and control.
Nicolas Pooran – wicketkeeper for the Red Steels – faced the first four balls of the super-over, before being caught in the deep, and Ross Taylor was unable to score from the final ball to ensure that Narine completed his wicket maiden. After bowling first, the home side required 119 to win in a relatively low-scoring encounter.
How it happened
The Red Steels were carried Evin Lewis – opening the batting – who scored 39 from 51 deliveries, before becoming Narine’s first victim of the day. The 26-year-old initially dismissed Darren Bravo for just one. A flurry of early wickets saw Dwayne Bravo’s side struggling at 34-4 when the skipper was removed for three.
But the innings was rebuilt with knocks from Kevin O’Brien (19) and Pooran (37), with the latter smashing three sixes during his 17-ball stay at the crease.
In reply, Guyana had a similar start, and found themselves 35-4 in the sixth over. Lendl Simmons (32) and Christopher Barnwell (37) carried the side towards the victory target, but 11 runs were still required from the final over.
Dwayne Bravo entrusted himself with the 20th over, and that seemed an inspired choice after three deliveries. Krishmar Santokie was run out with three balls to spare, and Guyana still needed nine runs to win. But a Fidel Edwards misfield enabled Ronsford Beaton to hit a four, before the number 11 batsman scampered two from the penultimate delivery.
That left three to win from the final ball, but a miscue sent the ball high in the air, only to be dropped by Pooran behind the stumps, which allowed two to be run and the scored to be tied.
With the game sent to a super-over, Christopher Barnwell started strongly for Guyana when he hit Kevon Cooper’s first ball for over the boundary rope. However, only five more runs followed, handing Narine 11 to defend from the final over of the match.
Bowling to Pooran – who was looking to amend for his late dropped catch – no runs were picked up. After four dot balls, the wicketkeeper slogged it to Martin Guptill at long off, before Taylor swung and missed the final delivery.