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Twitter Reactions: Sohail Tanvir wins it with the bat for the Warriors

Sohail Tanvir took his side home with the willow.

Sohail Tanvir
Sohail Tanvir. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20/Getty Images)

St Kitts and Nevis Patriots played hosts to the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the 19th match of CPL 18. Both these teams had the same number of wins and losses before this game and were only differentiated by their net run rate. Hence, there were high expectations for this encounter and this game lived out to all of these presuppositions. The last time these two teams met this season, the Warriors won the game by 6 wickets.

They continued with the same kind of form in this game as well. Although the Warriors seemed to have missed their skipper Shoaib Malik who is off for national duties, they didn’t let it affect their game. Rayad Emrit, taking over from Malik looked decent with his captaincy tactics. Sohail Tanvir starred with the bat as the Warriors won the match by 6 wickets.

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Imran Tahir turns it around with the ball for the Warriors

Rayad Emrit won the toss and opted to bowl first. After being put into bat first, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots skipper Chris Gayle provided the team with a good start. He scored 40 off 27 balls and his partner Evin Lewis scored 28 off 22 balls. However, the next three batsmen after the openers fell failed terribly. B King, Devon Thomas and Tom Cooper scored 3, 13 and 9 runs respectively.

After these wickets fell in quick succession, Anton Devcich played a responsible knock. The Blackcaps cricketer scored 35 off 24 balls before he was dismissed by Sohail Tanvir. Ben Cutting gave the final flourish to the Patriots’ innings with 19 off 9 balls as the team scored 168 runs in 20 overs. Imran Tahir was top notch with his bowling and has picked up four crucial wickets in the innings. Sohail Tanvir, Keemo Paul and Roshon Primus picked one wicket each.

Sohail Tanvir puts his batting prowess on display

The Warriors lost their opener Chadwick Walton early in the innings. Walton consumed 17 balls to score 8 runs while his partner Luke Ronchi scored 28 off 16 balls. Shimron Hetmyer, after the masterful innings in the first game, has been highly inconsistent ever since then. He scored 15 runs off 21 balls and the required run rate was creeping up all the time. The middle order, in the absence of Shoaib Malik, was looking fragile.

Jason Mohammed, who batted in Malik’s position looked impressive with 36 off 25 balls. However, wickets kept on tumbling and there was a lot that was to be done. At this juncture of the game, Sohail Tanvir walked out into the middle and played a great knock. He scored 37 off just 20 balls under immense pressure to get his side home. He smashed two sixes in the 19th over of the game and helped his side get to the win quite comfortably with one ball to spare.

Twitterati looked impressed with Sohail Tanvir’s batting display. They also felt bad for Imran Tahir as he ended up on the losing side after such a good bowling spell.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

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