T&Tobago Red Steel v Antigua Hawksbills, CPL, Port-of-Spain August 13, 2013

I trusted Johnson to deliver under pressure - Bravo

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Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel captain Dwayne Bravo placed faith in Delorn Johnson, who had bowled only one over till then, to defend 19 off the final six balls in a rain-curtailed match, and it paid off as they beat Antigua Hawksbills by one run to record their second win in five matches in the Caribbean Premier League.

Johnson, the left-arm seamer, was given the ball ahead of fast bowler Fidel Edwards and Bravo himself, the latter having picked up two wickets as well.

"I think it was a tactical judgment on my behalf to let the slower bowler, the one with more variations, bowl the last over," Bravo said. "In our last two games he [Johnson] was our best bowler and he has a lot of variations and different balls in terms of slower ball, short balls, he can bowl full, wide and yorkers and then Edwards bowls fast-paced yorkers, so with an Australian [Ben Rohrer] at the wicket, I believed he would have been more comfortable facing Edwards in terms of using his pace."

Johnson Charles' rapid 46 off 28 balls, with four fours and four sixes allowed Rohrer, who had been at the crease since the sixth over, to settle and his 28 off 23 balls ensured Antigua were always in with a chance. He hoisted Sulieman Benn for a straight six in the 13th over and sent Kevon Cooper to the point boundary in the next to reduce the equation to 19 off the last over - the 15th, which began with Sheldon Cotterrell slamming Johnson straight over his head.

"When the first ball went for six, I did not panic," Bravo said. "Two balls and eight runs, I told him that this ball, the fifth ball was the most important ball. I asked him to bowl a wide yorker which he did and hence the reason why I had so much faith in him because he has so many variations and I trust that under pressure situations, he can deliver."

Bravo was confident the win was the beginning of a turnaround for his side, with his batsmen also beginning to find form. Bravo had top-scored with a 25-ball 46, which included four sixes, while his brother Darren and opener Adrian Barath had identical scores of 38. Despite the victory, T&T have to win both their remaining matches, against St Lucia Zouks and Jamaica Tallawahs, to qualify for the semi-finals.

"Our last two games were pressure games and it was like finals for us and for the guy to come out and perform after three losses it shows that the team has a lot of character and fight and that the guys are hungry for success," Bravo said.

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  • Kemar on August 16, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    Delorn Johnson, yes. Cummins, definitely! Along with :Tino, Kemar, a fit Fidel, Holder AND Cotterell...Beaton though, I'm not so sure about. I wonder how quick is Delorn Johnson though...especially now that I'm reading Bravo's comments. **Not implying pace is the be all end all.**

  • Dummy4 on August 15, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    disappointing , it's time for these players to measure themselves on the international front ,against the best of the best ,so that they can see where they are and where they need to be if they are to become the best .We dont have very good high pace fast bowlers ,meaning ,they can't control thier line and lenght to dictate to a batsman ,even roach struggles and he is by far our best bowler since an injury free lawson and jerome taylor , it would have been nice to see those two bowl in tandem with rampaul/ holder / best as the third bowler ,and by now these selectors should know not to pick narine for tests until he commits to playing first class cricket . chris gayle's days as a test and odi batsman is more or less over sicne he doesnt bowl in odi's or tests nowadays ,marlon samuels needs to learn how to shut up and let the performances talk ,same for dwayne bravo and pollard , they are not the future ,just gross disappointments in west indies cricket ,the whole lot of them .

  • o on August 13, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    @binu The Indians should already know about Johnson as he ran thru the India A side when they toured he took a fancy to Rohit Sharma claiming his wicket numerous times in the West Indies A series victory. I still think Santokie is the best death bowler these left armers rally cause problems surprised we haven't seen either for W.I 11.

  • Carl on August 13, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    No, a player to select for the West Indies test team - forget the money making merry-go-round kiddie cricket and concentrate on the REAL format of the game for once. Johnson performed superbly against India 'A' last season, regularly troubling batsmen with his pace and high left arm angle. His variations also add to his arsenal and it is ridiculous that this young man has waited so long to be brought into the test squad. He, Roach, Best, Beaton, Holder and Cummins offer the selectors the chance to select several genuine quick bowlers who all possess different skills. Between them, a fine attack could be fielded.

  • Binu on August 13, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    A player to watch out for IPL teams next season!

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