The CPL 2021 grand finale has begun at Warner Park in St Kitts, and it did not take long for a moment of greatness to emerge. The opening combination of Andre Fletcher and Rahkeem Cornwall got Saint Lucia Kings off to a strong start after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Dwayne Bravo, captain of St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, introduced leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed into the attack after the Kings scored 20 runs in the opening two overs.
Both batters were extremely clear about their objectives as they attempted to put pressure on the bowling with aggressive batting. Unfortunately for the batting team, the counter-attack strategy flopped.
In the closing scene, Sheldon Cottrell creates a wonderful moment
Andre Fletcher attempted to clear the long-on boundary on Ahmed’s fifth delivery, but the ball went up in the air. With no fielders on the boundary straight down the wicket, it appeared that the ball would land safely outside of any fielders’ reach. Sheldon Cottrell, on the other hand, had different ideas!
Cottrell, who was fielding in the middle of the field, rushed backwards while keeping his eyes on the ball. Despite being in a difficult situation, the 32-year-old maintained his focus and eventually clinched the catch.
Cottrell’s catch may be seen here:
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In the process, Cottrell sustains an injury
The left-arm pacer landed awkwardly on his back and appeared to have hurt himself in the process. He appeared to be in discomfort and departed the field, with the physio likely watching over him to assess the severity of the injury. The supporters will be eager to see Cottrell return to the pitch as soon as possible, as he is one of their most senior bowlers, and his skills will undoubtedly be needed, particularly in the death overs.
With the score of Kings at 46/2 in 5 overs, Cottrell had bowled only one over. Meanwhile, Dwayne Bravo’s team suffered another injury blow on the powerplay when Evin Lewis, their in-form batsman, appeared to damage his left shoulder while fielding. One can only hope that Lewis’ injury is not too serious and that he will be able to bat for his team in the second innings.
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