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Tanvir, Tahir lift Amazon Warriors to second place
CPL 2018

Tanvir, Tahir lift Amazon Warriors to second place

Ball by ball & scorecard St Kitts and Nevis Patriots v Guyana Amazon Warriors - Match 19 - Basseterre

Guyana Amazon Warriors reached second spot on the table, level on points with table-toppers Trinbago Knight Riders and third-placed Jamaica Tallawahs, courtesy of their exciting finish to the game against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

Sohail Tanvir and Imran Tahir got together for Guyana Amazon Warriors to script a nail-biting last over finish against St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots. Pakistan's Sohail Tanvir was the unlikeliest of heroes on the night and top scored with 37 runs to help the Amazon Warriors get over the line. South African spinner Imran Tahir had earlier contributed with his wickets which restricted the Patriots to a manageable total of 168.

Chris Gayle and Ewin Lewis combined to put on a 71-run opening stand for the Patriots. Gayle struck three maximums and the same number of boundaries in his brisk innings of 40 runs. Tahir broke the momentum by taking three wickets in successive overs and the Patriots lost their way in the middle overs. Tahir removed King, Thomas and Mahmudullah cheaply after getting rid of the well-settled opening batsman, Ewin Lewis for 28 runs.

Anton Devich and Ben Cutting provided some respectability to the total, scoring 35 and 19 respectively. And the Patriots ended on 168 runs, courtesy of a flurry of boundaries from the pair towards the latter part of the innings. Imran Tahir was pick of the bowlers, picking up 4 wickets for just 22 runs.

In response, the Amazon Warriors' openers had a rather watchful start to the innings. Walton fell early, when he was trapped in front by Cottrell for 8. Ronchi took over and kept the scoreboard moving when his side were having difficulties steadying the ship. He was caught by Cooper off Cutting for 28 runs, which included two sixes and as many fours. Hetmyer couldn't get going either and added mere 15 runs to the total and his 46-run stand with Mohammed didn't help the cause much. Till the 15th over, the Warriors looked like second favourites in the match.

Sohail Tanvir made his way to the crease when the Amazon Warriors still required 58 runs to win from 31 deliveries. He and Primus took the Patriots bowlers to the cleaners and the equation was soon a tad more doable, with the batting side requiring 30 runs off the final 18 balls.

Brathwaite sent Primus back to the pavilion in the 18th over, which yeilded 11 runs, and included four wides. Tanvir didn't look back, however, and slammed Cottrell for two maximums in the penultimate over. With just 3 required from the final over, the Amazon Warriors wrapped up the chase with a ball to spare. Their new recruit Chris Green hit the winning runs, while his partner, Sohail Tanvir, was adjudged Player of the Match for his heroic innings if 37 with the bat.