Red Steel v Barbados Tridents, CPL 2014, Grenada July 12, 2014

Darren Bravo, Ross Taylor guide Red Steel home

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Red Steel 125 for 3 (Taylor 62, Darren Bravo 54*) beat Barbados Tridents 124 for 6 (Dowrich 37, Dwayne Bravo 2-17, Kevin O'Brien 2-6) by seven wickets
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Fifties from Darren Bravo and Ross Taylor helped the Red Steel overcome a shaky start and chase down 125 against Barbados Tridents to begin their CPL campaign on a winning note in Grenada.

After their seamers had done a good job of restricting Tridents to 124, Red Steel began their chase in the worst possible manner when their opener Nasir Jamshed edged Shoaib Malik to first slip off the first ball of the innings. They were dealt another blow three overs later when Evin Lewis also departed cheaply, leaving Red Steel precariously placed at 20 for 2 after four overs.

Any hopes Tridents had for an unlikely win, however, were quickly dashed by a resolute third-wicket stand worth 95 between Darren Bravo and Taylor. Both batsmen were happy collecting singles at the beginning and at one stage went nearly four overs without a boundary. As the target inched closer, however, they began to open up.

Darren Bravo looted Akeal Hossein for 17 runs off the 15th over, including two sixes down the ground, and followed it up with another big hit in the next over off Rayad Emrit. Taylor provided ample support during the partnership, stroking six fours and a six during a 51-ball 62, but he could not take Red Steel over the line as he was trapped lbw by Ravi Rampaul in the 17th over.

Taylor's wicket, however, was too little too late for Tridents, as Darren Bravo steered the team to a seven-wicket victory with 15 balls remaining. He remained unbeaten on 54, hitting three fours and sixes apiece.

Earlier, Red Steel, having won the toss, sent Tridents in to bat. Shane Dowrich and Dwayne Smith began with a solid opening stand of 40, but incisive bowling from Red Steel's pacers ensured that the run-rate stayed under seven an over. Dowrich top-scored with 37, but received little assistance at the other end, as a middle-order wobble meant Tridents slumped from 83 for 2 to 99 for 6.

Jason Holder accelerated towards the end with a nine-ball 17, but could not make a significant difference to the team, as Dwayne Bravo, making his first competitive appearance since sustaining an injury in the IPL, and Kevin O'Brien snared two wickets apiece to keep Tridents to a below-par total.