CPL 2021: Naseem Shah gives Keemo Paul a fiery send-off after getting his wicket in the final
Shah had a decent day with the ball as he picked up two wickets and also bowled a maiden in his four-over spell.
Updated - Sep 16, 2021 2:34 pm
The final of the 2021 CPL between Saint Lucia Kings and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots kept everyone at the edge of their seats. The game at the Warner Park turned out to be a nail-biter as it went down to the last ball and Dominic Drakes picked up a single to take the Patriots to their maiden CPL title. The intensity of the match also got the better of Naseem Shah, who lost his composure for a while.
The Pakistan speedster had an excellent day with the ball as he picked up the crucial wickets of Roston Chase, the leading run-scorer of the tournament, and Keemo Paul. But after dismissing Paul, Shah seemed to have gone a tad overboard. The 18-year-old pacer bowled a slower ball on middle stump and the right-handed Paul tried to clear the long-on boundary to fetch a six.
But Paul couldn’t make a proper connection and was holed out to substitute fielder Jonathan Carter. Thereafter, Shah looked Paul in the eye with a lot of aggression and pointed his finger towards the dugout. Paul also looked back at the young seamer and said a few words. Paul got out in the penultimate ball of the 20th over after scoring 39 runs off 21 balls with five sixes.
Here’s the video involving Naseem Shah and Keemo Paul
— CPL T20 (@CPL) September 15, 2021
Paul came to bat at a stage when the Kings were reeling at 100 for five in 14.2 overs. In the 19th over, he smashed Dominic Drakes for three sixes in a row to inject some impetus into the Kings’ innings. In the end, the Kings racked up 159 for seven. Opener Rahkeem Cornwall and Chase got scores in the 40s. Apart from Shah, leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed also got two wickets for the Patriots.
In the run-chase, it was Drakes, who made sure that the Kings lost back-to-back finals in the CPL. The southpaw stayed unbeaten on a 24-ball 48 with the help of three fours and as many sixes. With two balls left, he smashed Kesrick Williams for a four through the off-side to make the Patriots favourites to win. After Fabian Allen got out, Drakes took charge and guided his team over the line.