T&T v Guyana, CPL 2013, Port-of-Spain August 9, 2013

O'Brien, bowlers set up T&T's first win

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Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 159 for 4 (O'Brien 70, Taylor 39*) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 156 for 4 (Franklin 60*, Hafeez 35, Dwayne Bravo 2-21) by three runs
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Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel beat Guyana Amazon Warriors by a mere three runs for their first win in the Caribbean Premier League following three losses.

Guyana made a strong start to their chase of 160, with Lendl Simmons hitting Fidel Edwards for six off the first ball of the innings. He followed that up with a six and a four in Edwards' next over but was caught behind off the next ball, trying to run it third man. T&T tied Guyana down thereafter, Delorn Johnson removing Martin Guptill and Dwayne Bravo dismissing Ramnaresh Sarwan and Mohammad Hafeez, who fell for a slow 35.

With the asking-rate mounting, James Franklin and Christopher Barnwell revived the chase with a 78-run stand in 39 deliveries. Franklin led the charge, scoring two fours off Edwards in the 17th over, which cost 15. Franklin and Barnwell scored 14 and 12 off the next two overs, but were left with 20 to get off the last six balls. A tight start to the over from Kevon Cooper put the chase out of Guyana's hands, although Franklin hit the last three balls for boundaries to make a few T&T spectators nervous.

T&T, who had opening stands of 28, 6 and 5 before this game, finally had a strong start as Kevin O'Brien and Adrian Barath added 95 in just under 12 overs. O'Brien was flamboyant from the start, hitting the first ball of the match for a six with the fielder Steven Jacobs messing up at deep square leg, and dominated the stand with Barath as T&T brought up their first 50-run opening stand in 7.1 overs. The first breakthrough for Guyana came from Jacobs, who dismissed Barath for 29. O'Brien fell in the 16th over for a 47-ball 70, which included two fours and six sixes. Ross Taylor stepped up in the final overs, hitting 39 off 27 to take T&T to 159 for 4.

T&T are now placed second from the bottom with three games left in the league. A relieved Bravo credited the improved batting performance to Brian Lara's pep talk before the match, but the side will need a few more solid performances to ensure a top-four finish and a semi-final berth.

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  • Dummy4 on August 11, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Well done O'Brien, another good knock as he continues to shine on the world stage

  • siddhartha on August 10, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    Great innings by O'Brian.What a talent really

  • o on August 10, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Santokie looks brilliant right now there isn't anyone challenging his death bowling abilities. He and Barnwell can feel very unlucky after bowling well and having fielding let them down I mean real schoolboy error let O'Brien off caught first ball of game off Barnwell instead turned to 6 also overthrow and poor fielding an injustice to their figures. O'Brien however made most of it and was in incredible form also Barath the initial aggressor got TandT off to a great start still can't believe he wasnt included in the initial games. After an inning like Franklis he shouldn't be ending up on loosing side, Hafeez and Sarwan leave to much to late for them battin to slow. Barnwell also batted great and I feel he and Franklin should both bat place higher for Guyana to have real chance or impact challenging.

  • Dummy4 on August 10, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Dropped catches, poor fielding contributed the second loss for the Amazon Warriors against the Red Steels. Ones turned into twos, fours were not saved. Then the batting after the fall of Lendl Simmons was questionable. Batting order should have been shuffled, Barnwell can hit the ball, Guptill has been struggling with the bat, Sarwan is inconsistent, with the run rate climbing after the first five overs there was no urgency to up the tempo.

  • Narine on August 10, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Congrats to the RED Steel, its about time you all perform to your potential. Thank you Bravo for bowling out in the middle overs. Why was Badree dropped? I hope he comes back in to help build pressure at the top or middle overs also. Now that the openers are getting some form we need to the top 4 batters to continue to keep the runs coming and not get tied down. All the best going forward and we are still a long way away from qualifying so every game from here on is like a final for the RED Steel...Let's go T&T!!!

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