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The Guyana Amazon Warriors walked away with a win over the Red Steel thanks to spinner Sunil Narine’s wicket-maiden Super Over.
Red Steel wicketkeeper Nicolas Pooran would have been kicking himself as his dropped catch off the last ball of the match not only led to the Super Over, but also cost his side the match.
Guyana captain Denesh Ramdin would have been ecstatic with his decision to bowl first as the Red Steel lost their top four batsmen with just 34 runs on the board.
Evin Lewis tried to turn things around with his knock of 39 off 51 balls, which included one boundary and two sixes, but only received help from Pooran, who smashed a quickfire 37 off 17 deliveries, which included two boundaries and three sixes.
With all the other batsmen, except for Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien, failing to reach double figures, the Red Steel finished on a disappointing 118/8 off their 20 overs.
Narine and Ronsford Beaton picked up two wickets apiece, while Mohammad Hafeez, Krishmar Santokie and Veerasammy Permaul chipped in with one wicket each.
Chasing 119 to win, Guyana found themselves in a worse position than the Red Steel had been in as six of their batsmen were back in the pavilion with only 56 runs on the board.
Narine and Christopher Barnwell stabilised the innings with a vital 44-run partnership before Narine was caught by Red Steel captain Dwayne Bravo at short midwicket off the bowling of Fidel Edwards for 16.
Barnwell ended up making 37 off 40 balls, which included two boundaries and a six, before he was caught by O’Brien at long-on off the bowling of Kevon Cooper.
Santokie only made three runs before he was run out by Cooper.
At this point, it looked as if the Red Steel were going to be victorious. But, Pooran’s drop of the last ball of the match allowed Guyana to take two runs and end the game as a tie.
Samuel Badree was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Edwards and Cooper took two wickets apiece and Sulieman Benn claimed one.
Guyana managed to make 11 off their Super Over, despite losing Barnwell after he made nine runs off the first three balls.
In reply to their target of 12, the Red Steel failed to score a single run as Narine kept confusing the batsmen with his unorthodox spin.
Narine was even rewarded with a wicket on his fifth delivery when Pooran was caught by New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill at long-off for a duck.
Thanks to Narine’s unbelievable wicket-maiden, Guyana won the Super Over showdown.
However, in a rather surprising move, Barnwell was named Man of the Match instead of Narine.