The Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel gave themselves some chance to get into the top four of the six-team Caribbean Premier League T-20 tournament with a crushing win over standings leader and defending champions the Barbados Tridents at a lively Queen’s Park Oval home ground last night.
And now they seek more – wins in their weekend matches and in their last preliminary round match away to the Guyana Amazon Warriors who play the St Lucia Zouks at home this evening.
Last night at a Queen’s Park Oval that was a stony silence on Tuesday night as the Red Steel gave away a last-over 17 runs to be beaten by the Zouks, there was enough of a high-end party atmosphere as the Red Steel, batting first frolicked their way, late, to an imposing 184 for 3 score in their 20-over innings against the Tridents..
Then, the tempo of fan support remained high energy as the Tridents, led by TT national Kieron Pollard and including other TT nationals Ravi Rampaul, Rayad Emrit and Akeal Hosein, became a bemused, befuddled lot in being bowled out for 112.
Darren Bravo’s late flourish converted the Red Steel’s middling score into an imposing one, and then his brother Dwayne and the spinners dismissed all the Barbados Tridents batsmen for a win that improved Red Steel’s standing at the bottom of the league. The Red Steel who face off with the St Kitts-Nevis Patriots from noin tomorrow and against the Jamaica Tallawahs from 4 o. clock Sunday, are now two wins away from catching Tridents at the top, with two games in hand.
Red Steel had started steadily after choosing to bat, and from 50 for 2 in 8.1 overs, Jacques Kallis and Darren Bravo built steadily, adding 75 in 9.1 overs. However, when Kallis lost his off stump to Ravi Rampaul for 49 off 43 deliveries Red Steel, at 125 for 3 with 16 balls left in the innings, needed a special finish.
Man of The Match Darren Bravo was on 36 off 32 balls at the time but he went into overdrive and smashed 44 off his last 12 deliveries, nearly a boundary a ball. He targeted the area between square leg and long-on and finished with seven sixes, adding 59 with his brother Dwayne, who scored 14 off the four balls he faced. Rampaul conceded 16 runs in the 18th over and 25 in the 20th, while Jason Holder went for 22 in the 19th over.
The Tridents chase never took off. Misbah-ul-Haq was their top-scorer with 19 and their highest partnership – between Misbah and Shai Hope for the fourth wicket – was 26. They collapsed from 65 for 3 to 85 for 8 and were eventually dismissed for 112 in 18.4 overs. Dwayne Bravo claimed figures of 3 for 16 in 3.4 overs, and spinners Samuel Badree, Derone Davis and Johan Botha had combined figures of 11-0-64-5.