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The Report by Siddarth Ravindran
October 11, 2012
Match abandoned Trinidad & Tobago 181 for 3 (Bravo 54*, Ramdin 50*) v Uva Next 0 for 1
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
The inconsequential game between Trinidad & Tobago and Uva Next, both of whom were already eliminated, was rained out after T&T posted a strong 181 for 3. The two men who were at the centre of T&T's batting resurgence on Wednesday, Denesh Ramdin and Darren Bravo, were among the runs in the game against Uva as well to muscle their side to what was comfortably the highest score of the qualifying stage.
Unlike yesterday, Bravo and Ramdin were given a platform to build on. Against Yorkshire, T&T's top three had been dismissed within three overs, but today William Perkins began with a series of powerful lofted extra-cover shots to score at over two-runs-a-ball, and Lendl Simmons was slightly more controlled than his swing-at-everything avatar yesterday. By the time Simmons fell in the 10th over, T&T had motored to 86 for 3, bringing together Ramdin and Bravo.
The pair began a bit cautiously but soon opened out, making sure that each of the final six overs went for ten or more. Uva had five bowlers with international experience but only Andrew McDonald was taken for less than eight an over. There have been questions raised over Ramdin batting as high as No. 5, but he has put them to rest with successive half-centuries.
It may be a huge total but T&T suffered against Yorkshire due to a lack of depth in their bowling. To compound matters, they left out their two best bowlers from this dead rubber; Ravi Rampaul and Samuel Badree were on the bench, which meant Uva weren't out of the game yet despite facing a tall target.
The chase got off to the worst possible start as Dilshan Munaweera upper-cut a catch to third man off the first ball of the innings. The drizzle then intensified and forced the players off the field, and the Johannesburg storm did not ease up in time for the game to resume.
Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Siddarth Ravindran
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