CPL 2018 1st Qualifier: Tanvir’s penultimate ball six propels Amazon Warriors into final

Sohail Tanvir six runs penultimate ball Guyana Amazon Warriors beat Trinbago Knight Riders advance Caribbean Premier League CPL final cricket

Sohail Tanvir walloped a six off the penultimate ball to help the Guyana Amazon Warriors book their spot in the CPL final

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Sohail Tanvir smashed a six off the penultimate ball of the match to not only lead the Guyana Amazon Warriors to a two-wicket win over the Trinbago Knight Riders, but also into the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) final.

Choosing to bowl first, the Amazon Warriors got their first breakthrough on the sixth ball of the match as Knight Riders opener Brendon McCullum was trapped lbw off the bowling of Tanvir for a duck.

Colin Munro also failed to trouble the scorers, while Denesh Ramdin and Sunil Narine were sent packing for 15 and eight runs respectively.

With the Knight Riders struggling at 26/4, Colin Ingram and Darren Bravo came the rescue with a 48-run partnership before Bravo was caught behind off the bowling of Tanvir for 24.

Ingram went on to score 25 runs before he was removed by Rayad Emrit.

Despite losing Bravo and Ingram, Knight Riders captain Dwayne Bravo and Kevon Cooper helped their side finish on 122/7 as they amassed a 36-run partnership.

Bravo, who was dismissed by Emrit on the last ball of the innings, scored a 22-ball 22, while Cooper struck an unbeaten 15, which came off 10 balls.

Tanvir, Emrit and Amazon Warriors skipper Chris Green picked up two wickets apiece, while Imran Tahir chipped in with one.

Chasing 123 to win, the Amazon Warriors made a disappointing start to their innings as opener Cameron Delport was sent packing by Fawad Ahmed for two runs.

Luke Ronchi mustered 13 runs before he was dismissed by Khary Pierre, while Jason Mohammed was given out lbw off the bowling of Narine for three runs.

With Chadwick Walton and Green falling shortly after, the Amazon Warriors found themselves in trouble at 52/5.

However, Shimron Hetmyer and Sherfane Rutherford stabilised the innings witha 50-run stand before Hetmyer was run out by Ingram for a 36-ball 39, which included two boundaries and two sixes.

Rutherford was on his way back to the pavilion the very next ball as he was removed by Cooper for a 17-ball 30.

Emrit fell not long after, but Tanvir and Romario Shepherd kept the Amazon Warriors in the game.

Eventually, they entered the final over needing four runs to win. But, they could only get one run off the first four balls.

However, just when it seemed as if Dwayne Bravo might be able to defend the runs, Tanvir smashed the penultimate ball of the match straight down the ground for a six to catapult his side into the final.

Tanvir finished unbeaten on 10, while Shepherd remained undefeated on 13.

Pierre was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Narine, Fawad, Cooper and Dwayne Bravo claimed one wicket each.

Hetmyer was named Man of the Match.

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