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Red Force flops as Guyana ties series
Krishmar Santokie became the darling of the Guyana fans again as he grabbed four wickets to lead them to victory over Trinidad and Tobago in their deciding T20 clash at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Saturday night.
Chasing a competitive 145 runs for victory, the visitors slipped to four runs for three wickets under brilliant bowling from the Jamaican. Only weeks ago, an indifferent last over from him saw Jamaica Tallawahs take the Caribbean Premier League T20 title.
The deejay at the ground announced that Santokie had become the favourite again and was forgiven for his last over, when he started sending back T&T batsmen in a pack. After his initial burst, the 1,000 or so fans who showed for the game would have anticipated an early night but Evin Lewis and Sherwin Ganga provided a recovery which led T&T right back into the contest.
They took the game down to the final over but with 19 runs needed Rayed Emrit and Navin Stewart just could not bring home the bacon.
Lewis looked good again, and after negotiating Santokie’s variety early in the piece, blossomed nicely to thrill the crowd with an array of aggressive shots. Ganga always an attractive left hander provided good support as they added 74 runs for the fifth wicket.
They had to weather a storm that saw Adrian Barath (duck), Nicholas Sookdeosingh (1), Jason Mohammed (0) and skipper Denesh Ramdin (9) all swept away. At one point T&T were 22/4 and the individual scores read like an international dialing code 0109.
Lewis showed that he was up for the fight and lashed two sixes and four fours in his knock. He fell with the score on 96 and as is normally the case when one partner goes in a fruitful partnership, the other goes as well and Ganga perished at the same score for 22.
After they left Nicholas Pooran was unable to beat the ball out the park and although Navin Stewart and Emrit tried their best in an unbroken stand of 28, they could not deny the Guyanese a win.
Earlier, Robin Bacchus batted the majority of the innings in getting 60 for his side. He faced 68 balls and struck two sixes and four fours. He and skipper Christopher Barnwell who struck a 29- ball unbeaten 46 added 71 runs for the third wicket.
This partnership set up the game for Guyana as Barnwell shifted a momentum that stayed with his side when they took the field. He finished off in style clobbering Ganga for 27 runs off the 19th over. Emrit was the chief wicket taker for the Red Force finishing with 3/37 and six wickets in the two match series.
The Red Force now moves to Dominica where they face the Windwards in two matches on the weekend before flying off to India for the Champions league.
T&T vs Guyana
T Griffith run out 17
R Bacchus c Ramdin b Emrit 60
L Johnson c Ganga b Emrit 5
C Barnwell not out 46
N Deonarine b Emrit 0
R Ivan not out 4
Total for 4 wkts (20):145
Fall of wkts: 40, 66,137, 137,
Bowling: S Gabriel 4-0-30-0, S Ganga 4-0-40-0, R Emrit 4-0-37-3, N Stewart 4-0-15-0, I Khan 4-0-18-0
A Barath c Bramble b Santokie 0
E Lewis c Ivan b Bramble 53
N Sookdeosingh c Johnson b Santokie 1
J Mohammed b Santokie 0
D Ramdin c Ivan b Joseph 9
S Ganga c Griffith b Santokie 22
N Pooran c Santokie b Barnwell 4
N Stewart not out 11
R Emrit not out 21
Total for 7 wkts (20): 132
Fall of wkts: 0,4,4,22, 96, 96,104,
Bowling: K Santokie 4-0-36-4, K Joseph 4-1-18-1, V Permaul 3.4-0-16-0, C Barnwell 4-0-17-2, L Johnson 0.2-0-1-0, D Bishoo 3-0-31-0, N Deonarine 1-0-12-0.
Result—Guyana won by 12 runs.
Series drawn 1-1
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