Trinidad beat Titans by 6 runs
01 October, 2013
NEW DELHI: Titans were at 153/6 in 17 overs, six runs behind D/L target, when rain lashed the Motera stadium to halt the tie against Trinidad and Tobago on Monday.
AB de Villiers (23* off 13) and Mangaliso Mosehle (11* off 5) were holding the fort for Titans when the match was stopped due to the rain.
Chasing 189-run target, Titans lost wickets at regular intervals after their openers gave them a rollicking start against Trinidad. Trinidad reduced Titans to 88/4 in 10.4 overs from 65/0 in 6.3 overs with some brilliant bowling and fielding. Openers Henry Davis (42) and Jacques Rudolph (31) helped Titans raced to fifty in 5.1 overs. But skipper Davids' wicket rattled their run chase as they lost next three wickets for 23 runs. Davids smacked two sixes and six fours in his quick-fire 22-ball innings, whereas Rudolph hit four boundaries in his 28-ball knock.
Sent in to bat, opener Evin Lewis and Darren Bravo produced whirlwind half-centuries to power Trinidad & Tobago to 188 for 6 against Titans. Lewis blasted seven fours and five sixes in his 35-ball 70-run innings and starred in a 109-run partnership with Darren Bravo (63) for the second wicket to set the foundation of a challenging score after being asked to take the first strike by Titans skipper Henry Davids.
T&T lost opener Lendl Simmons (0) early in the innings when he was dismissed by Marchant de Lange in the second over but that didn't affect their innings as Lewis and Bravo took the responsibility on their strong shoulders. Lewis showed little respect for the bowlers as he plundered a four and two sixes off Morne Morkel in the third over. Bravo too followed suit and clobbered three fours off de Lange in the next over.
Rowan Richards was introduced into the attack then but Lewis treated him with equal disdain as he smacked the bowler for a six and a couple of fours as T&T reached 48 for one in five overs. Lewis continued his blitzkrieg, picking up two fours and a six in the next two overs to reach his fifty in just 21 balls.
In the ninth over, Lewis sent Henry Davids out of the park over wide long-off and then sent the fielders on a leather hunt with a couple of fours in the 10th over by Farhaan Behardien. In the 12th over, Bravo got into the act and hammered Richards for a six and a four to leave the bowler bleeding 26 runs in his two overs.
Lewis holed out at the square leg to Richards off van der Merwe in the 13th over. Bravo didn't allow the wicket to slow down the innings and went on a rampage in the 15th over, hitting three sixes off van der Merwe to take T&T close to the 150 mark.
New man Nicolas Pooran (11), who had hit a six in the 14th over, was then dismissed by Davids when he was caught at deep midwicket by van der Merwe. However, Navin Stewart sent Davids sailing over long-on in the next delivery and then picked up a four off Morkel in the next over as T&T accumulated runs thick and fast.
Bravo was finally dismissed by de Lange in the 18th over when the bowler disturbed his stumps.
The left-handed batsman had five boundaries and four sixes in his 44-ball innings, while Stewart (23) got out in the last over.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO:
L Simmons de Lange 0
E Lewis c Richards b van der Merwe 70
D Bravo b de Lange 63
N Pooran c van der Merwe b Davids 11
N Stewart c Mosehle b de Lange 23
D Ramdin c Mosehle b Morkel 6
S Narine not out 8
J Mohammed not out 1
EXTRAS: (lb1, w5) 6
TOTAL: (6 wickets; 20 overs) 188
FOW: 1-4, 2-113, 3-145, 4-164, 5-171, 6-179
BOWLING: M Morkel 4-1-29-1, M de Lange 4-0-38-3, R Richards 2-0-26-0, D Wiese 3-0-26-0, H Davids 3-0-31-1, F Behardien 1-0-12-0, R van der Merwe 3-0-25-1
H Davids b Emrit 42
J Rudolph c Emrit b Simmons 31
H Kuhn c Lewis b Badree 7
R van der Merwe c Bravo b Simmons 4
AB de Villiers not out 23
F Behardien c Lewis b Narine 29
D Wiese c Badree b Narine 0
M Mosehle not out 11
EXTRAS: (lb2, w3, nb1) 6
TOTAL: (6 wickets; 17 overs) 153
FOW: 1-65, 2-79, 3-88, 4-88, 5-137, 6-137
BOWLING: R Rampaul 3-0-31-0, S Badree 3-0-33-1, S Narine 4-0-23-2, R Emrit 3-0-31-1, N Stewart 1-0-15-0, L Simmons 3-0-18-2
UMPIRES: B Oxenford (Aus), R Tucker (Aus)
TV UMPIRE: S Ravi
MATCH REFEREE: R Mahanama (SL)
Courtesy: The Nation