Titans v Trinidad & Tobago, CLT20, Ahmedabad September 30, 2013

T&T stay in contention with D/L victory

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Trinidad & Tobago 188 for 6 (Lewis 70, Bravo 63) beat Titans 153 for 6 (Davids 42) by six runs (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Trinidad & Tobago remained in the hunt for the second semi-finals berth in Group B, after rain halted a Titans surge as the match approached its crescendo. Titans needed 36 to win from three overs, with an imperious AB de Villiers at the crease and Sunil Narine already bowled out, but Titans had lost six wickets en route to 153, and that meant they were six runs adrift of the Duckworth-Lewis par score after 17 overs.

T&T's victory was founded on a scintillating 109-run stand for the second wicket between Evin Lewis and Darren Bravo, which came in 64 balls. They hit 188 for 6 despite an indifferent finish to the innings, and thanks largely to Narine and Lendl Simmons, who took 4 wickets for 41 in seven wickets between them, that total proved sufficient. Their victory means that three teams, including Titans, remain capable of progressing to the semi-finals alongside Chennai Super Kings.

Lewis struck 70 off 35 deliveries, prospering most conspicuously on the off side, where he hit each of his five sixes and five of his seven fours. Bravo was his more conservative foil and contributed only 38 from the other end, but he ditched the innings-anchor role as the death overs approached and finished with 63 off 44, having hit four sixes and five fours.

Morne Morkel's first-up maiden proved to be a red herring, as Lewis' ferocious progress during the Powerplay belied both captains' reluctance to bat first. Lewis got his big offside strokes humming in Morkel's second over, lofting the third ball over cover, before depositing two consecutive deliveries well into the stands.

Bravo found the middle of his own bat in the next over, flaying an errant Marchant de Lange for three fours through the offside, and in three overs the pair had lifted T&T's run rate from two per over to almost 10. The team would maintain that breathless pace until both men were out.

As T&T's strokemaking grew bolder, the Titans' attack became equally meek. Left-armer Rowan Richards sprayed it around the crease to travel at 13 runs per over, and Henry Davids' erratic offbreaks fared little better, as he went at more than 10. Roelof van der Merwe brought Titans' some respite from the onslaught, conceding only four runs from his first two overs - in which he ironically dismissed Lewis with his only poor ball - but Bravo adopted Lewis' hyper-aggression after his partner's demise and sent van der Merwe thrice into the stands in his next over.

T&T should perhaps have made more of the foundation Bravo and Lewis had provided them. Two-hundred seemed likely to be eclipsed at 145 for 2, but Bravo's dismissal brought two more in quick time, and the Titans quicks found the consistency that had eluded them for much of the innings.

Henry Davids set Titans off apace in response, as he hit two sixes and six fours in a 24-ball 42, but a stutter in the middle overs, in which Titans lost four wickets for 23, surrendered much of that momentum. De Villiers hit 23 from 13 to resurrect the chase alongside Farhaan Behardien, but the Ahmedabad crowd were denied a thrilling finish by a shower that quickly worsened to a torrent.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • SurlyCynic on October 1, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Very disappointing that rain intervened, as with AB there anything was possible. And the next game didn't even get started. I don't understand why they moved the Mumbai game away from this stadium to make sure it was played, but not these games. Why the favouritism? Things were so perfectly set up in this group and the rain ruined it.

  • landsite on October 1, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    I dont see any reason for people to complain about the rain,the Titans knew what the weather could or was likely to be,that being the case they should bat first and set the chase.Give credit to TT for doing their homework because their plan was plain to see,go after Titans from over number one,it was very brave of them and it worked,chasing almost 9.5 runs an over is very difficult and it proved so because the Titans began to fall apart.You have to wonder if Titans would have batted the same manner if they had batted first,I doubt it,even if they did we would have been ahead because their bowlers are less impressive and they have no Narine whose 6 off the last ball and his timely wicket sealed the Titans fate,better luck next time.

  • Pelham_Barton on October 1, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    @coldcoffee123 on (September 30, 2013, 14:46 GMT): How often do teams really chase down 50 in 18 balls? In this tournament (including the qualifying round) there have been 15 previous matches where Team2 was still batting with 3 overs left. The highest target that has been chased down from that position so far is 21. Otago tied the match needing 32, while teams have lost chasing 35, 39, 40, 48, 49, and 92. These figures are based on my reading of the Cricinfo commentaries. There really is nothing seriously wrong with D/L, and it works just as well in T20 as it does in 50 over cricket.

  • Rohit... on October 1, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    T&T should thank rain gods as D/L doesn't take De-Villiers demolishment in their strategy.... ABD can take any bowling apart and no score is safe when he is batting... Feeling sad for Titans.

  • dummy4fb on October 1, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    rain played spoil sport again Narin's wickets turned to be one of the crucial events in the game.every now and then i have followed T&T since Pollards Blitz.If pollard and Bravo were there it would be a team to beat for sure.i agree with the others barath should play ahead of pooran who is much more experience.But the match was a nail bitter till it lasted,would have been a cracker if it wasn't for the rain.

    @Lochan Moosai - i like our optimism but before beating RR,u have a small matter of qualifying.For ur sake i hope you win against CSK :D.But then Again being a Chennaite and Die hard fan of Dravid,i am hoping otherwise :P

  • anver777 on October 1, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Narine's handy last ball 6 in T&T innings & his 2 wkts in the 15th over made all the difference.... Just bad luck for Tiitans !!!!

  • Sharath274 on October 1, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    Good performance from T&T, but defy a mistake to send ABD so late.. he shud have come in at the fall of David's wicket to continue the flow of runs which threatened to take the match away quickly from T&T. Titans will be praying for a CSK win.. Interesting to see how the Delhi wicket plays as this is the 1st set of matches there..going by history, it should be a slow wicket. Can any one tell by what margin T&T could lose and still make it to S/F on NRR??

  • android_user on October 1, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    Good Victory T&T. not totally satisfied with the final 11.. Adrian Baharat have to open with either Lewis or Simmons coming in at #3. N. Pooran will earn his pick in the future

  • NCassie on October 1, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    Good win T&T! Keep on winning...watch out Dwayne Bravo your home team will show no mercy going into the last group game. Let it be known that T&T are not just in this tournament to make up numbers but they have every right to be part as they have set very high standards from past tournaments...GO RED FORCE!!!

  • ImpartialExpert on October 1, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    Titans lost the match because AB was sent too late. Who is the idiot that made the decision? Have they not been watching T20 at all? You don't hold back your best batsman in a chase. I am big fan of AB even more than Dhoni. Hopefully Dhonis helps Titans.