Darren Sammy: Feels good to play a small part in bringing cricket back to Pakistan

He played with the length, kept the batsmen guessing and the over went 1 1 1 1 0 1. Three singles later, Sanga succumbed to pressure in the next over and it was Jaguars’ game to lose.

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West Indies, Publish Date: Feb 13 2018 12:31AM | Updated Date: Feb 13 2018 12:31AM
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What’s the key mantra to win a T20 tournament? Just draft Darren Sammy to your side.

Sammy, the bowler, had routed the English batting on his Test debut, claiming 7 for 66 in second innings. Sammy the bowler has taken a backseat now. He makes sporadic appearances at best. Yet, he wins an all-important final with the ball.

In the final of Hong Kong T20 Blitz 2018, Galaxy Gladiators Lantau were cruising in their chase of 201 against Hung Hom Jaguars, courtesy Kumar Sangakkara’s belligerence.

The equation read 73 from 42 balls and Sanga was on 73 off 43. Jaguars skipper Kinchit Shah threw the ball to Sammy, who had gone for almost 14 an over in the tournament. In the league match between these two, Sammy was plundered for 52 from 3 overs. Anton Devcich had hit him for 3 consecutive sixes. Here was Sammy, jogging in to bowl to Sanga and Devcich ahead of the regular bowlers.

He played with the length, kept the batsmen guessing and the over went 1 1 1 1 0 1. Three singles later, Sanga succumbed to pressure in the next over and it was Jaguars’ game to lose.

Now 65 off 30. Gladiators still had big hitters in Devcich, Jade Dernbach and James Franklin. Sammy’s next over, the 16th of the innings, went for 4 and Dernbach was dismissed.

He was now given the task of defending 22 off the final over against Devcich and Franklin. His final 3 deliveries went for 13 but he had sealed the game with his first 3, giving away 2.

What ensued was typical Caribbean-style celebration at a Mong Kok. “[It was all] thanks to Ben [Laughlin]. He told me he was going to give me 20 [off the final over] but gave me 22. The wives of the owners said they want nothing but the cup and we delivered today.”

Laughlin bowled the penultimate over with Gladiators needed 31. He gave away just 9.

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