Bravo leads Red Steel to narrow win
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad - An impressive all-round performance from captain Dwayne Bravo steered the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel to a thrilling one-run victory over the Antigua Hawksbills in their rain-affected CPL T20 match on Sunday night at Queens Park Oval.
Chasing a revised target of 134 , off 15 overs, the Hawksbills were restricted to 132 for eight, giving the Red Steel their second win of the tournament. The Red Steel, who had won the toss and opted to bat, scored 169 off 20 overs before rain caused the loss of 90 minutes of play and forced a Duckworth/Lewis revision of the target.
The Hawksbills came close to pulling off a surprise win , when they entered the last over needing 19 runs and with Jamaican Sheldon Cotterell in a dismissive mood. He smashed two sixes in the over , including clearing the fence off the last ball, but his mid-night heroics that included 19 off seven balls were unable to produce a win for the Antiguan team.
In his team's innings, Captain Bravo slammed 46 off 25 balls in sharing a 73-run fourth-wicket stand with his brother Darren Bravo (38) that propelled the Red Steel to a challenging total beyond 150 .
He then returned to capture two wickets for 14 runs and also held a catch to cheaply dismiss opposing captain Marlon Samuels. Bravo was fittingly named man-of-the-match.
The Red Steel batsmen cleared the boundary five times, with four of the sixes coming from the bat of the captain as he gave the innings some critical momentum in the last six overs. The Red Steel smashed 101 off their last 10 overs in an aggressive display of power-hitting that put them in position to press for their second victory of the tournament.
However, they were forced to get the opposition in check after a threatening start by West Indies and Hawksbills opener Johnson Charles , who smashed a boundary-studded 46 off 28 balls.
Once Charles was bowled by a slower ball from Bravo, the Red Steel took a firm grip on the match as the Hawksbills slipped from 41 for one in four overs to 85 for five by the tenth.
Wickets fells regularly and the Hawksbills struggled late in the match but , with some late-hitting from Australian Ben Roher (25) and Sheldon Cotterell, they managed to get into a position where the Red Steel were greatly bothered in the last over .
Eight were needed from the last two balls bowled by seamer Delorn Johnson but the Red Steel got over the hurdle inspite of the closing six from Cotterell.
TT Red Steel 169 / 6 off 20 overs - (Dwayne Bravo 46, Darren Bravo 38, Adrian Barath 38, Ross Taylor 25; Kemar Roach 2/26).
Antigua Hawksbills – 132/8 off 15 overs (Johnson Charles 46, Ben Roher 28, Sheldon Cotterell 17; Dwayne Bravo 2/14; Sulieman Benn 2/22, Kevon Copper 2/25).
T&T Red Steel
K O'Brien b Cotterrell 9
A Barath run out (Thomas) 38
R Taylor c Rohrer b Cornwall 25
Darren Bravo c Rohrer b Roach 38
Dwayne Bravo* c Rohrer b Roach 46
N Pooran+ run out (Charles/Roach) 1
K Cooper not out 1
S Badree not out 0
Extras: (w11) 11
Total: 169/6 (20 Overs)
Did not Bat: D Johnson, S Benn, F Edwards
Fall of Wickets: 1-10 (O'Brien, 1.6 ov), 2-64 (Taylor, 9.3 ov), 3-91 (Barath, 11.5 ov), 4-164 (DJ Bravo, 19.1 ov), 5-167 (DM Bravo, 19.3 ov), 6-168 (Pooran, 19.4 ov)
Bowling: K Roach 4-0-27-2 (1w), S Cotterell 4-0-29-1 (2w), G Tonge 1-0-14-0, M Samuels 4-0-28-0, R Cornwall 4-0-25-1, D Thomas 2-0-34-0 (4w), D Mohammed 1-0-12-0
J Charles+ b Dwayne Bravo 46
K Powell c Cooper b Badree 13
R Cornwall c O'Brien b Dwayne Bravo 2
B Rohrer c Benn b Johnson 28
M Samuels+ c Dwayne Bravo b Benn 10
D Thomas c Cooper b Benn 0
R Ponting c & b Cooper 1
K Roach b Cooper 7
S Cotterrell not out 19 (7b)
G Tonge not out 0
Extras: (b3, lb2, w1) 6
Total: 132/8 (15 Overs)
Did not Bat: D Mohammed
Fall of Wickets: 1-22 (Powell, 3.1 ov), 2-47 (Cornwall, 5.1 ov), 3-63 (Charles, 7.2 ov), 4-84 (Samuels, 10.4 ov), 5-85 (Thomas, 10.6 ov), 6-87 (Ponting, 11.3 ov), 7-106 (Roach, 13.3 ov), 8-124 (Rohrer, 14.3 ov)
Bowling: F Edwards 2-0-13-0, S Badree 2-0-27-1, K Cooper 3-0-25-2 (1w), Dwayne Bravo 3- 0-14-2, D Johnson 2-0-26-1, S Benn 3-0-22-2
Result: T&T Red Steel won by 1 run
Points: T&T Red Steel 2, Antigua Hawksbills 0
Man-of-the-Match: Dwayne Bravo (T&T Red Steel)
Umpires: Patrick Gustard and Peter Nero
TV Umpire: Joel Wilson
Match Referee: Hayden Bruce