Cape Cobras v Trinidad & Tobago, CLT20, Chennai October 4, 2011

Cooper keeps T&T alive


Trinidad and Tobago 138 for 8 (Bravo 29, Kemp, 3-22) beat Cape Cobras 137 for 4 (Shah 63*, Badree 1-19, Narine 1-19) by 2 wickets.
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Kevon Cooper's 25 off 11 balls saw Trinidad and Tobago beat the Cape Cobras and stay alive in the Champions League T20. Cooper scored 10 runs off Dale Steyn's fourth over, which cost 15 runs in total, and ensured T&T got the 24 runs they needed in the last two overs. This is the second time in the tournament that Steyn has bowled a costly penultimate over, with the first being against Chennai. The win means Mumbai Indians are through to the semi-finals. T&T's qualification depends on Chennai Super Kings beating New South Wales by a small margin. The Super Kings can also qualify if they win by a sufficient margin, while any victory for NSW puts them through.

Steyn turned from hero to villain in the space of an hour and a half; he started the Cobras defence of 137 with a magnificent three-over spell of outswing bowling. He demonstrated real skill on a dead pitch, consistently beat the outside edge and was rewarded in his second over when he got one to straighten and trap William Perkins lbw.

Steyn's colleagues were not as effective from the other end: Charl Langeveldt and Rory Kleinveldt struggled with their accuracy. Kleinveldt bowled three no-balls in an extraordinary over that only cost six runs and included the wicket of Lendl Simmons. Langeveldt was better when he changed ends and used the slower ball to good effect.

Adrian Barath and Darren Bravo's third-wicket partnership of 35 runs helped T&T recover from the loss of their openers. They rotated strike well, searched for the singles, and after Barath was dropped by Vilas behind the stumps he connected well to score two big boundaries.

Justin Kemp ensured that Barath could not continue attacking and hurled down a yorker to remove Barath's leg stump. The next ball, Daren Ganga was back in the hut too, after inside-edging onto his stumps. Kemp did not complete a hat-trick but took his third wicket two overs later, removing Bravo, who had played a sensible knock until then.

T&T would have thought their last hopes lay with Denesh Ramdin, who survived the hat-trick ball, and played some deft strokes. Ramdin and Sherwin Ganga took 13 runs off JP Duminy's second over and infused the chase with momentum. They were dismissed in the space of four balls, Ganga lbw to Langeveldt and Ramdin bowled by a flighted delivery from Robin Peterson.

It was left to Cooper to bat bravely and he did. His first six was a slog off Peterson and, after Rampaul steered Steyn to the third-man boundary, Cooper bludgeoned a high full toss over long-off, to leave T&T with only nine to get off the last six balls. In a final twist, Rampaul was dismissed with the first ball of the last over but Cooper smashed a low full toss for four and plucked the remaining runs with two balls to spare.

The Cobras would have felt their total was 10 runs short after a gritty batting effort, in which their strokeplay was constantly stifled. The T&T spinners troubled the Cobras batsmen from the start with Richard Levi at sea against Samuel Badree. He was bowled by Badree's second delivery, after playing for turn that was not there. Herschelle Gibbs was also dismissed cheaply after a cautious start.

Owais Shah and Dane Vilas built an impressive recovery. Shah started with an authoritative flick and maintained a busy approach at the crease, even though he could have been dismissed twice by Badree. The legspinner had a confident appeal for lbw against Shah when he hit him on the pads with a full delivery but Billy Bowden turned it down. During Badree's second spell, he beat Shah and the ball looked destined for middle and leg stump but Badree was turned down for the third time. Shah went on to anchor the Cobras innings and ground out a half-century.

Sherwin Ganga was the man both Vilas and Shah targeted; they took 38 runs from his three overs, peppering the midwicket area. Ganga's offspin they could handle, but Sunil Narine proved almost impossible to read and both employed a watchful approach against him. His legbreak eventually got the better of Vilas, who top-edged to cover after a well crafted half-century.

Shah had to hang around until the end and, even after bringing up his fifty, batting did not get any easier for him. Boundaries were rare and run-scoring came in ones and twos, which had to be manufactured, rather than simply being there for the taking. JP Duminy also couldn't find the boundary and was bowled by a Cooper cutter when he went looking for one.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    @ Metman, you must not be a West Indian. Otherwise, you would realise that T&T might be a country, but it has far less citizens to choose a team from than any of the other teams in the competition. Of our 1.3 million citizens, only a few thousand play cricket. Not to mention, we are not even an associate nation in the cricketing world. We are simply part of the West Indies. How is it that a team from mighty South Africa should have 'manhandled' a lowly selection territory for the currently bottom ranked West Indies? We were so little believed in that despite our 2009 performance, we had to qualify to even get in the tournament. All West Indian teams have that shame forced on them. You have it backward. We are proud of being a tiny nation that fielded a team with very little money and put the spurs to big countries with big bucks. If you think we are going to be ashamed of just missing the semis, you're crazy. Only one team can win after all.

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    See what loses cause? Suddenly D.G is not the World's best Captain and T&T no longer have the best selection policies. As I have said before, I hope that Cooper who was a doubtful starter gets an IPL contract. If Dwayne & Pollard were around, he most probably would not have toured, except as a token. Having said that, even if it weakens T&T IPL contracts to Cooper, Badree or Narine would be great. It would allow for more exposure of T&T players. Dave Mohammed might even get a game, telphone antics and all

  • Ram on October 5, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    Dispassionately, it is clear that Daren Ganga's shelf life has ended - his batting has failed and his captaincy is beyond redemption. His on-field antics, his disapproval of players' actions and timidity cost TnT on-field enthusiasm and play execution. He should do the honourable thing and resign. As for Sherwin Ganga, I agree, why was he selected over Emrit or Mohammed in all six games.

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    TnT was my favorite team. Alas, they exploded themselves while killing the Cobras and the Kings.Cooper chose himself as Kamikaze to execute this three-in-one (Cobras, Kngs, & T&T) carnage. And the New South Welshmen gained in that process. The 'Mumbai-less Indians' were already lucky -- even without any further rule change. That is the story of one group. Now, let us what happens in the other group. Would the"Good Times" Team, prevail, somehow?

  • hunter on October 5, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    They have done it again,They have "CHOKED" again.................................

  • Hollis on October 5, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    Well done T and T ... ! Let's Celebrate the achievements in placing third in your Group. We have seen outstanding individual contributions during the games with consistency from Narine, Badree and Cooper but unfortunately varying performances from the others when they were expected to stand up and be counted . We can remain happy with third or agree to re assess dispassionately and deeply what were the positives and what improvements can be made going forward. For one, hard questions need to be asked on selection policy. All the players who were in the 15 were eligible to play so , did we pick our best team on the days in question ? May be, but in due course someone can answer why Riyad Emrit and Dave Mohammed , two top TT all rounders were never featured in any matches; also why an out of form Daren Ganga did not give way to Ramdhin as skipper, and give his total leadership support from the bench .

  • Joram on October 4, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    TTCBC please take note, Daren Ganga and Sherwin Ganga should not be in the Trinidad 20/20 team. Please do the correct thing and drop them this form of the game because Trinidad could have gone further in this tournament were it not for bad captaincy and Sherwin Ganga. Why are we allowing Daren to pick his brother over and over when we have better players on the bench? Are we going down similar paths as the WI team to the picking of the Trinidad team?

  • Michael on October 4, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    In another forum,it was said that Warner shook the Chepauk pitch,.... it can also be said that he shook the TT bench with the force of an earthquake that measured 6.0 on the Richter scale too!That innings had a devastating effect on the TT team,and it would take almost a year to rebuild confidence,unity and faith in a team, so badly let down by the Ganga brothers,and test players Bravo,Barath and Rampaul towards the end.In summary,TT as the only NATIONAL team on parade against club teams,this was a poor to moderate performance.The 2 matches won,they could easily have lost,and the 2 that they lost,could easily have been won.In the end the matches were so close,that they could have lost all 4,or they could have won all 4 too,but as I hinted above TT should have manhandled those CLUB teams instead of being taken to the bone every time.

  • Edward on October 4, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    Well done T & T Red Force. It shows when there is unity and communication in a team, winning and doing well comes naturally. There are a lot of "ifs" and "maybes" but the fact is that T & T preformed very credibly on the big stage and given a little "luck" could have won all their games and possibly the whole thing. Cricket can only grow in the region when we are represented meaningfully. The lack lusture W.I. are doing the opposite in that they are killing the sport which by itself has its own struggles with the insularity, lack of interest and prolonged poor management. It is now time to shake up the sport in the region. If it means these poor players being paid only on their performances, so be it, as it seems to be the only motivating factor for the unpatriotic players - hit their pockets. If this does not work, then mash it up and let all islands do their own thing and be responsible for their own destinies. T & T performances has rekindled the sport and we should use them.

  • John on October 4, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Enjoyed the finish. Don't know too much about WI cricket but in the shorter formats they look to have some decent talent , particularly in the bowling dept. I'd like to have seen them progress but they can be proud of what they have achieved. With theimported/homegrown talent the Indian teams have at their disposal all 4 teams should have qualified for the semis. At least one other team are there. Ny the way not seen much of Cooper up til this tournament. He looks a very handy player

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