#GAWvBIM: Plays of the match
Fri, 29th, Jul 2016
The Guyana Amazon Warriors defeated the Barbados Tridents at Fort Lauderdale, Florida and cruised to the playoffs last night. Even though BIM finished second, they can be proud of a few performances. Here’s a look at the top 3 plays from #BIMvGAW:
A Wiese pinch-hitter!
After Shehzad’s little cameo came to an early end, the Tridents think-tank sent David Wiese at number 3 to ensure that the scoring rate did not dip and Wiese did a splendid job as a pinch hitter. Walking in to bat with the score reading 19/1, Wiese took very little time to set his eye in.
He smashed a four off his first ball through backward point to send out a loud and clear message. In the 5th over, Nic Maddinson couldn’t hold onto a miscued hit from Wiese but the all-rounder made sure that he did not let his opportunity go begging.
He followed it up a with glorious straight drive and added 48 runs for the 3rd wicket with Shoaib Malik to help Barbados consolidate in the middle overs. He targeted Christopher Barnwell and hit him for a six to help the Tridents increase their scoring rate.
The approach cost Wiese his wicket for 40 but he laid the foundation the Tridents eventually couldn’t build on.
Malik saves the day!
He walked out to bat with the score reading 49-2 and stayed at the crease till the last ball to take the Tridents to a respectable score after a middle order collapse. Shoaib Malik saw as many as 5 partners change as the Tridents went from 97/2 to 123/7.
But he realised the needs of the hour to anchor a ship which almost sunk. Malik first built a healthy foundation along with Wiese before the collapse forced him to go into a shell.
His last ball six off Tanvir brought up his fifty as his unbeaten 55 helped BIM post 142 runs on the board.
After the Warriors added 92 runs in the first 10 overs and seemed invincible, Pollard handed the ball to left arm seamer Raymon Reifer. Reifer struck as early as on his third ball and sent back a dangerous Dwayne Smith for 50.
He also got rid of the tournament’s high run getter Chris Lynn. A well disguised slower ball was sent straight into the hands of Ahmed Shehzad at the fence to hand the Warriors their 3rd blow.
He returned with figures of 2-22 from his 4 overs causing damage to the run-flow and by proving as an obstacle to the high-flying GAW openers.