Hyderabad - Dwayne Bravo powered Trinidad & Tobago to an emphatic seven-wicket
victory against the Cobras in the Champions League semi-final on Thursday.
Bravo (58, 34 balls, 4x4, 3x6) featured in a record 93-run
partnership with Daren Ganga (44, 31 balls, 1x4, 2x6) for the fourth
wicket in only 9.1 overs for Trinidad & Tobago. They took the
Caribbean team home against the Cobras.
They joined forces on 85/3 after 10.1 overs.
The task was daunting because they had to chase down the 175/5 scored by the Cobras.
Bravo slammed a four with four legitimate balls left in the
final over when he lifted Rory Kleinveldt over mid-wicket and took the
Caribbean team to 178/3. Trinidad will now face New South Wales in the
JP Duminy had earlier smashed 61 off 40 balls with four fours
and three sixes, and with Herschelle Gibbs (42, 27 balls, 5x4, 1x6),
had presented the Cobras with a competitive total.
The Cobras could not defend the total because Trinidad & Tobago did not allow them to settle.
Adrian Barath (29, 16 balls, 4x4, 2x6) and William Perkins (20,
16 balls, 4x4) added 53 runs in the first five overs in swashbuckling
fashion and took Monde Zondeki to the proverbial cleaners.
The fielding implosion suffered by the Cobras was an important factor in the defeat for the Cape Town-based franchise.
Henry Davids dropped Lendl Simmons on fifteen and Ganga on five.
Both were regulation chances most international franchises would be
expected to take.
Later, Justin Ontong also dropped a proverbial sitter with Ganga the beneficiary.
Those lost chances gave Trinidad & Tobago a shot in the arm, and the Cobras a painful blow in the belly.
Bravo made them pay by simply smashing Kleinveldt for 31 in 2.2 overs and also laying into Vernon Philander.
He also did not allow the useful spin-attack of the Cobras to settle into a rhythm.
Zondeki conceded 30 runs in two overs.
Earlier, the Cobras batted excellently, but might have felt
aggrieved as they allowed Ravi Rampaul to concede only two runs in the
twentieth over. Twelve runs in that over might have been a factor, as
Trinidad & Tobago needed 3 runs off the final over.
The Caribbean team will now play against New South Wales in the final.
Duminy finished as the top run-scorer in the Champions League and played a superb innings in which he really hammered Trinidad.
Kleinveldt produced a cameo that yielded 21 runs off sixteen balls with two sixes.
The Cobras produced their worst bowling and fielding display of
the tournament at the worst possible moment, and Bravo made them pay.
Nashua Cape Cobras: Andrew Puttick (capt), Herschelle Gibbs, Henry
Davids, JP Duminy, Justin Ontong, Ryan Canning (wk), Vernon Philander,
Rory Kleinveldt, Claude Henderson, Charl Langeveldt, Monde Zondeki.
Trinidad & Tobago: Daren Ganga (capt), Samuel Badree,
Adrian Barath, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Rayad Emrit, Sherwin Ganga,
Dave Mohammed, Sunil Narine, William Perkins, Kieron Pollard, Denesh
Ramdin (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Lendl Simmons, Navine Stewart.