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September 29, 2011
Daren Ganga, the Trinidad & Tobago captain, has said that Ravi Rampaul would have bowled a tight final over and a Super Over "on most days". Rampaul conceded 16 in the final over to allow New South Wales to force a tie, after which he went for 18 in the Super Over, a target T&T could not chase in Chennai.
"Rampaul is our most experienced bowler," Ganga said. "He has done the job for us in the past, and with more than 15 runs to defend in one over, he is going to pull it off on most days. Maybe he was tired [for the Super Over], having to bowl back-to-back overs after having bowled at the death.
"You have to give credit to [Moises] Henriques, though, for the way he batted. We have tried it [bowling around the wicket] time and again during practice, angling it across, and more often than not it worked."
Chasing 140, New South Wales were 123 for 8 at the end of the 19th over. Rampaul was hit for three fours in the 20th over - Henriques hit two, while Patrick Cummins hit one - as New South Wales tied the game. Rampaul then came back on to bowl the Super Over, and Henriques hit him for four fours.
There was confusion over Trinidad's batting line-up in the Super Over. Darren Bravo, a left-hand batsman, initially came out to open, but had to return to the dug out as Lendl Simmons and Adrian Barath took strike against left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe. Trinidad wanted a left-right pair, but were unaware they had to follow the order mentioned in the list the captains submit before the Super Over.
"We were under the impression that you could ask any two of the three to open," Ganga said. "The rules aren't explicit and it's a learning [experience] for us."
New South Wales' captain Simon Katich said he had chosen O'Keefe to bowl the Super Over because of the sluggish pitch. "We felt pace off the ball was the best option, it showed at the back of our innings as well. Also, O'Keefe had a good outing with the ball [1 for 14 in four overs]."
Henriques, who was Man of the Match for his two wickets, 18 not out off nine balls, and his Super-Over blitz, said he was clear about how to go about the chase.
"He [Cummins] was fresh to the crease, and at that stage [in the last over] we needed eight of three. I thought about it before the ball was bowled and realised if we took the two [off the fourth ball] I could still be on strike for the last ball if a four or a six was required. As it turned out, I was not needed at all."
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