Champions League T20

T&T claim 24-run win

2009-10-18 19:57
Adrian Barath (File)
Johannesburg - Trinidad and Tobago held the Diamond Eagles to 189 for five to claim a 24-run victory in their Champions League Twenty20 match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday. 

The result means that the Eagles’ participation in the tournament is now at an end.

After winning the toss and electing to bat Trinidad and Tobago posted a tournament high 213 for four.

In reply, the Eagles, who needed to win in 14.2 overs to overtake their opponents’ net run-rate to reach the semi-finals, scored 189 for five.

Trinidad and Tobago’s charge to their mammoth score was led by a debut T20 half-century from the 19-year-old Adrian Barath.

Barath raced to 63 runs off just 41 balls with four fours and four sixes before he was bowled by seamer Dillon du Preez.

Opening batsman Barath helped Trinidad and Tobago eclipse the previous best tournament score of 193 for four which the Cape Cobras racked up against Otago.

The right-handed Barath shared in a first-wicket stand of 66 runs with William Perkins (35) and a second-wicket stand worth 76 runs off 46 balls with Lendl Simmons (40).

The Caribbean side scored 64 runs off their powerplay overs and the aggressive start seemed to put the Eagles’ bowlers off their stride.

Barath was the third wicket to fall but if the South African side thought that his dismissal would slow the run-rate they were mistaken as Kieron Pollard plundered 23 runs off 13 balls before being caught at long-on off the bowling of medium-pacer Ryan Bailey.

Trinidad and Tobago’s innings then received a late boost as Navin Stewart blitzed his way to 33 not out off just 11 balls with his knock including three fours and three sixes.

The Eagles’ bowlers all suffered with the most economical being seamer Ryan McLaren who claimed one for 29 off four overs.

The Eagles’ innings was given a blazing start from Rilee Rossouw who raced to 44 off 19 balls with five fours and three sixes.

The left-handed Rossouw and Morne van Wyk (25) shared in a first-wicket partnership that realised 54 runs off just four overs before Van Wyk was trapped leg-before by off-spinner Sherwin Ganga.

Rossouw was dismissed in the seventh over, when he was caught on the deep midwicket boundary by Kieron Pollard off the bowling of seamer Lendl Simmons, to end the Eagles’ chances of scoring the winning runs in the 15th over.

Boeta Dippenaar (33) and Dillon Du Preez (35) kept the South Africa-side’s hopes of winning the match alive with a fourth-wicket stand of 58 runs before Dippenaar was caught behind off the bowling of seamer Pollard.

Pollard also accounted for Du Preez, when he had the batsman caught at long-on, as the Eagles’ challenge fizzled out.

Sherwin Ganga and Pollard both ended with figures of two for 25 off three overs.


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