Red Steel v Amazon Warriors, CPL 2014, Port of Spain July 25, 2014

Darren Bravo seals last-ball win for Red Steel

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Dwayne Bravo and Darren Bravo added 131 runs for the fourth wicket © LatinContent/Getty Images

Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 180 for 6 (Darren Bravo 69*, Dwayne Bravo, 67) beat Guyana Amazon Warriors 179 for 5 (Ramdin 84, Badree 3-13) by four wickets

At 13 for 3 in the fourth over, chasing 180, the chances of a Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel win were looking unlikely. It took an impressive 131-run, fourth-wicket partnership between Darren and Dwayne Bravo and a last-ball six from Darren to help Red Steel seal off a remarkable win against Guyana Amazon Warriors.

With 167 needed at the start of the fifth over and the required run rate already over 10, Red Steel did not have the luxury of playing out a few overs to consolidate. The Bravo brothers, however, paced themselves well, finding the boundary in nearly every over.

Amazon Warriors made one change to their side from the last game, bringing in offspinner Steven Jacobs for Sunil Narine. Jacobs ended up conceding 28 runs in his two overs. His second over, the ninth of the innings, cost 20 runs and marked the turnaround of the chase. Between the ninth and 13th overs, the Bravo brothers went on to hit 71 runs, dragging the equation down from 143 off 72 to 72 off 42. The fifty-run milestone in their partnership had taken 40 balls but the next fifty runs came off 18 balls.

Amazon Warriors would have hoped the wicket of Dwayne Bravo to put the brakes on the chase, but a couple of sixes from Nicholas Pooran before his dismissal in the 19th over, kept Red Steel in the hunt. With nine needed off the last six balls, Ronsford Beaton, who had bowled the most expensive over of the innings, almost redeemed himself, giving away two runs off the first four deliveries. However, Jason Mohammed turned the strike over to Darren Bravo off the penultimate ball and the batsman, well-set on 63, slammed the last ball for a towering six over deep midwicket.

The Amazon Warriors innings had the same pattern as the Red Steel one; early wickets, a large partnership and quick runs at the end.

Samuel Badree finished his first spell with figures of 3 for 6 off three overs, dismissing Martin Guptill in the first over and then taking the wickets of Mohammed Hafeez and Lendl Simmons, after Simmons had taken 16 runs off Fidel Edwards in the fifth over.

Denesh Ramdin and Neesham took contrasting routes in their 122-run fourth-wicket partnership. Neesham relied mostly on singles, while Ramdin found the boundary shots more often. The Amazon Warriors captain raced to his fifty off 33 balls and the pair stepped up the scoring accumulating 82 runs between the 13th and 18th overs. Christopher Barnwell slammed two sixes and a four in his eight-ball 23 to set up a strong finish for Amazon Warriors.

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  • Vijay on July 25, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    Antigua Hawksbills & Zouks are two my favorite team in this tournament. Whenever they have a match ....finally i can sleep without tension becoz there is only one winner.... GOOD TEAM

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Well done Red Steel and to the Bravo brothers who finally came good when they were challenged by the blistering knock from Denesh Ramdin. The Bravos had to respond for the team and their own reputation. Amazon bowlers did not a good job in defending a good total. 15 wides is two and half overs more not mention the runs. Barnwell's dropped catch in the 15th over could have been a game changer if the catch was held. The two encounters between Red Steel and Amazon have been the best and most exciting games in CPL thus far. Amazon should have won against the Tallwahs...The other games have been very excitement..All the games should be night matches to maximise attendance and excitement.

  • Vijay on July 25, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    Now in next match Barbados Tridents vs Antigua Hawksbills. Hawksbills will lost once again. .

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    On seeing the last ball 6, I had to celebrate in total silence (for fear of waking the baby) and it was extremely difficult to do that! I thought that Red Steel deserved to win the previous game in Guyana so it would've been quite heartbreaking for the Red Steel and their supporters to lose this one. Great confidence builder!

  • Amanda on July 25, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Great game, lovely atmosphere. wonderful outcome.

  • Dummy on July 25, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    Electric performance from the Bravo brothers, all I want to say is Bravo...Bravo literally.

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Amazing to see that all the good performances were by Trinidadians. I guess that was the reason to mash up the T20 competition between West Indian countries. Trinidad was too strong. I always maintain a good Trinidad T20 team, could win a T20 match against any cricketing nation.

  • Steve on July 25, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    I have watched the entire Bravo brother's partnership. It was highly entertaining stuff. I think the DJ Bravo's dropped catch (by Barnwell, I believe) was crucial in the end. Hitting a six off the last ball to win a match is the kind of innings that changes a batsman's career. Hopefully, it will instill more self-belief and discipline in DM Bravo as he has been stuck in the 'promise a lot but deliver little' mode for much of his career until now.

  • Android on July 25, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    Excellent game for West Indies cricket. I wish I was there to see it. Come on ESPN, that last ball 6 by Bravo needs to be in the top 10 on sportscenter!

  • Harrinarine on July 25, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    Reminds me of Chanderpaul's last ball six against Sri Lanka... Wish I was there.

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