Two young rising stars from Guyana Shimron Hetmyer and Shurfane Rutherford did it again for the Guyana Amazon Warriors digging their team out of a deep hole against the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) and forcing themselves into the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) final, their fourth since the tournament started in 2013.
The low scoring games continue to produce the most excitement and last night was the case again as TKR almost pulled off a stunning victory in its attempt to defend 122 runs, but Guyana came through to win by two wickets with one ball to spare.
After slipping to 52 for five under brilliant bowling by the TKR spinners Sunil Narine 1/9, Fawad Ahmed 1/19 and Khary Pierre 1/22, Guyana destroyed the fast bowlers and in the end took the win in front of a packed house at the Providence Stadium in Guyana that came to stand witness.
Hetmyer fell for 39 and Rutherford 30 towards the end but needing three runs off the last two balls, Pakistani Sohail Tanveer cracked Dwayne Bravo right down the ground for six, to spark off massive celebrations at the ground. Bravo ended with none for 39 of 3.4 overs.
Earlier, TKR got off to a horrible start losing four wickets in the powerplay. It was the fifth time in 11 games this season, they had lost three or more wickets in the powerplay.
Not a run came from Down Under, as both Kiwi standout Brendan McCullum and Colin Munroe failed to score. This gave Guyana a great lift as skipper Green got time to finish off his four-over spell for the cost of just eight runs while picking two wickets. The Australian bowled 24 balls and 19 were not scored off.
Denesh Ramdin played positively but got out sweeping a straight ball off Imran Tahir for 15. The South African in his familiar style tried to run to Georgetown on taking the wicket.
Darren Bravo and Colin Ingram then came together to forge a useful partnership of 48 but it took all off 53 balls, as the pitch was not conducive to strokeplay. Many times timing was the issue and with the bowlers not putting pace unto the ball, it was left to the batsmen to do and they found it difficult.
Ingram then perished looking for quick runs at the back end of the innings going for 25 off 26 balls. Dwayne Bravo scored 22 and Kevon Cooper ended on 15 not which pushed the visitors final total to 122 runs for seven wickets off 20 overs.
TKR 122 for seven off 20 overs (Colin Ingram 25, Darren Bravo 24, Dwayne Bravo 22; Chris Green 2-8, Rayad Emrit 2-22, Sohail Tanvir 2-38) vs AMAZON WARRIORS 126 for eight ( Shimron Hetmyer 39, Shurfane Rutherford 30; Sunil Narine 1-9, Fawad Ahmed 1-19, Khary Pierre 1-22). Result: Warriors won by 2 wkts.