T&T Red Steel v Antigua Hawksbills, CPL 2013, Port-of-Spain August 11, 2013

Trinidad & Tobago prevail in tense finish

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Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 169 for 6 (Dwayne Bravo 46, Barath 38) beat Antigua Hawksbills 132 for 8 (Charles 46, Bravo 2-14) by 1 run (D/L method)
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Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel prevailed in a tense last-over victory against Antigua Hawksbills in Port-of-Spain to move to fourth place in the points table after their second successive win. Antigua needed 33 off the last two overs and 19 off the last but they fell short by a run despite hitting three fours and two sixes in the last two overs in the rain-affected match.

After T&T scored 169, Antigua's innings was interrupted by rain in their first over and the revised target was 134 from 15 overs. They lost two wickets, of Kieran Powell and Rahkeem Cornwall, within six overs but Johnson Charles smashed three consecutive sixes in the fourth over off Samuel Badree to hoist their run-rate to 10. However, Dwayne Bravo counterattacked with a slower delivery and dismissed Charles for 46 in the eighth over which conceded only three runs. Sulieman Benn followed it with another parsimonious over by giving two runs in the next and Antigua now needed 66 from 36.

Benn then removed Marlon Samuels and Devon Thomas in three balls in the 11th over despite being hit for a six in the same over. Out walked Ricky Ponting at No. 7 but he was soon caught and bowled for 1 by Kevon Cooper in the 12th over at the end of which Antigua needed 45 from 18. A six from Ben Rohrer and a few singles helped them score 12 in the next over. Cooper started the penultimate over with a wide and a four but struck with Kemar Roach's wicket on the third ball. But Roher and Sheldon Cotterrell struck a four each to still keep them in the game.

Now needing 19 form six, Cotterrell smashed a six on the first ball and took three byes on the next but Rohrer fell for 28 on the third ball. Ten required from three and Delorn Johnson gave only two runs in the next two balls to seal another thrilling win for T&T despite being hit for a six on the last ball.

When T&T chose to bat earlier, they lost Kevin O'Brien in the second over but Adrian Barath and Ross Taylor put on 54 from 45 before Taylor departed for 25, and Barath was run-out in the 12th over for a quick 38. The Bravo brothers took on the Antigua bowlers from there, Dwayne being more aggressive hitting two fours and four sixes during his 25-ball 46. Darren scored 38 from 30 in the 73-run stand which they put on in 44 balls. Three wickets and only five runs in the last over gave some consolation to Antigua, but T&T had amassed 101 runs in the last 10 overs by then.

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  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    I am starting to understand Dwayne Bravo . he was in good bowling form and could have bowled that last over himself ,but gave it to johnson so that johnson could get some experience ,he didnt do very well but if he wants to become a better bowler he will know by this match that his pace and control has to be better ,for that he will have to work on fitness . now dwayne bravo the bowler needs to seriously consider adding some discipline to his bowling , if he wants to be a death bower he has to work alot on his bowling ,i dont like that he thinks he can bounce batsmen out ,because he doesnt have to pace to do that ,he gets heaps of wickets at test level when on a consistent line and varying his speed and swing ,but since playing in the ipl ,his bowling has taken a turn for the worse ,while his batting remains inconsistent ,so allround introspect needed if he is to cement his place as a WI legend

  • harvey on August 13, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    watch the matches Albert, not just that one time. the commentators have repeatedly spoken about his running.

  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    typos. It was Cooper who refused the run not Pooran.

  • harvey on August 12, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    Even though Bravo is an average captain at best, his batting in this game was absolutely stunning. I really enjoyed watching that. I can see that young Pooran is already showing signs of arrogance: look at the way he refuses to run seconds because he wants to keep the strike. He's young and it will be a pity to see him fall by the wayside like so many before him. Somebody with common sense better get in his ear soon and if he really wants a future, he'd better listen.

  • Ali on August 12, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    bad captaincy from Dwayne Bravo, whether he is WI captain or T&T captain .

    T&T lost 2 games because of Bravo's poor decisions and it nearly became 3 out of 5 games lost because of the captain.

    Why would you give someone whose only previous over in the game went for 14 runs to bowl the last over when Fidel Edwards has an over to spare ?

    Why ? because the captain who is defending 19 runs in his last over (18 to tie) may have wanted to lose .....

    If Bravo wanted to lose the game, then he made a decision that would maximize the chance of losing the game ....

    Fortunately for T&T red steel , Bravo did failed in his attempt to throw away the game at the last instance ....

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Doesn't samuels know the only way he make enough runs in t20 is to bat at 3? He needs to settle and then explode.He is not the type who can just go in and strike.Doesn't he know that? What is ponting doing on this team,more than cause confusion,usurping the captain?He has never been and will never be a t20 batsman.He knows that.That is why he is trying to compensate on the field,causing confusion,destablising the team. This Devon Thomas fella?The antigua Vivian Richards pick? Richards was never a reader of the game,no surprises. This team is poorly managed!

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