Caribbean Premier League 20th match: Mohammad Hafeez and Krishmar Santokie send Antigua packing

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Hafeez’s last-minute heroics knocked Antigua out

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez and left-arm pace bowler Krishmar Santokie sent the Antigua Hawksbills packing with a five-wicket last-ball win, while also keeping the Guyana Amazon Warriors’ dream of becoming the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) champions alive.

Santokie picked up three big wickets for Guyana, while Hafeez scored a brilliant half-century.

Antigua captain Marlon Samuels won the toss and decided to bat first.

He may have been pondering over whether he made the right decision after opening batsman Johnson Charles was dismissed for just eight runs.

However, he and Kieran Powell soon repaired the damage with a 71-run partnership, which came at a healthy run rate of 7.10, before Samuels himself was back in the pavilion after having scored 43 runs off 30 balls, which included two boundaries and three sixes.

Powell followed soon after as he was clean bowled by Santokie for an agonising 47, which came off 45 balls, and included four boundaries and a six.

The Hawksbills were able to finish on 166 at the end of their 20 overs thanks to a quickfire 48-run partnership from Devon Thomas and Australia’s Ben Rohrer, which came a rate of 13.09 runs per over.

Thomas was dismissed on 30 off 19 balls, which included three maximums, while Rohrer remained undefeated on 25 off 17 deliveries, which included two boundaries and a six.

Santokie was easily the best of the best in terms of Guyana’s bowling attack as he took three wickets, while Christopher Barnwell picked up one wicket.

Chasing a difficult target of 167 to win, the Amazon Warriors got off to a dreadful start as three of their top batsmen were back in the pavilion with only 58 runs on the board in the 11th over.

New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin and Hafeez stabilised the innings with a 48-run partnership, which also came at a run rate of 13.09, before Franklin was run out by former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting for 25 off 16 balls, which included one boundary and two sixes.

Heading into the last over, the Amazon Warriors needed 16 runs to win and Hafeez and spinner Sunil Narine completed the job as the pair registered 21 runs off the last five deliveries at an astounding run rate of 21.60.

Hafeez was the hero of the match with exactly 50 runs to his name, which came off 23 deliveries, and included two boundaries and four sixes.

Narine also played a blinder of an innings as he remained unbeaten on seven off two deliveries, which included one six.

Gavin Tonge was the only bowler to take any wickets for Antigua as he finished with three.

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