Bravo brothers outclass Tridents
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 184 for 3 (Darren Bravo 80*) beat Barbados Tridents 112 (Dwayne Bravo 3-16) by 72 runs
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Darren Bravo's late flourish converted Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel's middling score into an imposing one, and then his brother Dwayne and the spinners dismissed all the Barbados Tridents batsmen before they made 20 to secure a 72-run win at Queen's Park Oval. The result improved Red Steel's standing at the bottom of the league: they are now two wins away from catching Tridents at the top, with two games in hand.
Red Steel had started steadily after choosing to bat, but with no great acceleration, and that platform eroded when Cameron Delport and William Perkins fell in the space of four balls. From 50 for 2 in 8.1 overs, Jacques Kallis and Darren Bravo built steadily, adding 75 in 9.1 overs. However, when Kallis lost his off stump to Ravi Rampaul for 49 off 43 deliveries Red Steel, at 125 for 3 with 16 balls left in the innings, needed a special finish.
Darren Bravo was on 36 off 32 balls at the time but now he went into overdrive and smashed 44 off his last 12 deliveries, nearly a boundary a ball. He targeted the area between square leg and long-on and finished with seven sixes, adding 59 with his brother Dwayne, who scored 14 off the four balls he faced. Rampaul conceded 16 runs in the 18th over and 25 in the 20th, while Jason Holder went for 22 in the 19th over.
The Tridents chase never took off. Misbah-ul-Haq was their top-scorer with 19 and their highest partnership - between Misbah and Shai Hope for the fourth wicket - was 26. They collapsed from 65 for 3 to 85 for 8 and were eventually dismissed for 112 in 18.4 overs. Dwayne Bravo claimed figures of 3 for 16 in 3.4 overs, and spinners Samuel Badree, Derone Davis and Johan Botha had combined figures of 11-0-64-5.