Titans v Trinidad & Tobago, CLT20, Ahmedabad

T&T stay in contention with D/L victory

The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

September 30, 2013

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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)
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Sunil Narine celebrates a wicket, Titans v Trinidad & Tobago, Group B, Champions League 2013, Ahmedabad, Sep 30, 2013
Sunil Narine struck a telling double-blow a little before the rain arrived © BCCI
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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.

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Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by 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 !!!!

Posted by 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??

Posted by   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

Posted by 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!!!

Posted by 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.

Posted by krishay on (September 30, 2013, 23:46 GMT)

The match turned out to be a cracker unfortunately the rain had the last say. Some comments made it sound as if the T&T boys were out of it with ABD still batting, but at the end of the day they had the runs on the board and wickets in the bag .

Posted by hajje786 on (September 30, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

Time to replace Pooran with Bharat.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 21:02 GMT)

Time for Pooran to get cracking. He was showing some signs today. Better luck next time. Great spirit from a young player. Keep it up Nicholas.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

Great job Red Force! Thanks for the runs but I was still nervous for you. I need to learn to celebrate more when you are winning. Looking forward for Simmons to come good. Buck up on the bowling if you want to win because you could be the best bowling team in the competition. With Bravo, Pollard and Cooper you could be the best T20 team in the world.

Posted by RicHarder on (September 30, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

Agree with Deion, for all those ppl who said Titans would have won, but in the final analysis Red Force won. The weather all played a part in losing to the Sunrisers, so for those who blamed the weather, you win some and you lose some. Normally the bowling is T & t strength, but its good to see the batting coming to the rescue. Red Force will get stronger because I expect Simmons to make some runs soon!!

Posted by blaster.pk on (September 30, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

Its all the influence of lara untoubtely ..

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

go for it fellas.we are all behind you.Proud of you all. stay focused.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

Good win by T&T.. After such a splendid batting performance and then backing it up with the ball getting wickets at crucial moments, they really deserved to win... And for you people saying that T&T were lucky because AB De Villiers would have won the game for Titans... Cricket is a game of wonderful uncertainties and AB could have just as easily been dismissed the next ball had the rains held up... Looking forward to seeing Trinidad in the finals once they play to potential...

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

can anyone run the numbers ,to say how much T&T would be able to lose by to CSK and still qualify?

Posted by landsite on (September 30, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

There's no doubt that The Titans are probably the best team in the tournament,that's just my view,CSK is close but Titans are more explosive and their bowlers are comparable to all the other teams.TT is a youthful team and all are Trinis but our selection needs to look at Mohammed,he should not be there while we have Ottley and Ganga,I hope the changes are made,Barath can also replace Pooran,who definitely has something to offer but he can wait.I'll make a bold statement here,"we will beat CSK.No complaints about the D/L Method because West Indies in the same manner in a much bigger tournament to the Saffies in the recent 50 over WC WHEN WE WERE AHEAD AND POLLARD WENT FOR A BIG HIT AND WE LOST,YOU WIN SOME AND YOU LOSE SOME,Trinis won today.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

Saying Titans would of won is silly. Anything could of happened those last overs. Cricket is a strange game at times

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

Well done red force keep on believing.... Small a nation huge heart..... All d trini's backing allyuh#

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

Well done T&T wish the rain didn't come so you guys would of finished the Titans

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

Was a real shame the match ended like this. With AB still in there was every chance Titans could have pulled off the win. They just have to hope T&T lose by enough to lower their run rate.

And yeah, D/L doesn't really work in T20. Maybe when it started out, but teams can knock 60 out in four overs quite easily now, so something needs to be worked out for the shortest format.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

Titans would have easily won with AB in and narine also bowled his quota of 4 overs . Unfortunately titans will not qualify even if T and T looses against CSK because of NRR

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

Not sure why we are persisting with an unchanged TT side - in my opinion, Jason Mohammed is out of his depth and should be replaced by Adrian Barath. Pooran is good but too young to be thrown to the wolves as he is - Better to replace him with Sherwin Ganga who can be both a bowling option as well as being able to contribute with the bat.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

we really need another bowler.T&T am sure will be in the SEMIFINALS n we will beat RAJASTHAN ROYALS. So T&T vs OTAGO FINALS.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

T&T not in the semis yet Bisnath, still need to wait on d last round of matches. We need to beat CSK or lose by a small margin to qualify.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

Definitely Pooran experiment should be over now. Please use Barath, why isn't he playing? Also I think we need another spinner.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

How important were those two wickets by Narine??? In the context of this match they were winners!!!!!

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

TNT got lucky..!! 36 runs to win and ABD on strike. We all knew who was gonna win unless rain came

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (September 30, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

Two things: 1. After, 2 washouts, Why Ahmedabad AGAIN? 2. D/L is non-sense when it comes to T20. In T20, teams chase down 50 in 18 balls.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 14:23 GMT)

The Trinidad and Tobago team is unbalanced. If Pooran is not playing as a wicket keeper he should be replaced by Adrian Barath who was showing signs of a return to form in the CPL. Barath is potentially one of the top batsmen in TNT and has experience at that level. It is good to have Pooran on the tour but all things being equal once he is not behind the stumps he should remain in the dugout.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

T&T should really have a hard look at replacing either Rayad Emrit or Jason Mohammed for the next match. In fact I would replace Jason as he has really looked out of sorts at this level. A question mark is also over the head of young Pooran as since his initial spectacular innings in Guyana he has since misfired.

Posted by   on (September 30, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

Its very Harsh On TITANS..they r a good side .. they deserve to be in semies

Posted by Rally_Windies on (September 30, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

I still think T&T needs 3 spinners ... This 2 spinner with 4 seamers , is not very Trinidadian. .. I really like Navin Stewart and Jason Mohomeed ...

But Sherwin Ganga would be a much better fit for the team..

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