Bravo And Ganga Blast T & T Into The Final
Trinidad & Tobago 178-3 (Bravo 58no, D Ganga 44no) beat
Cape Cobras 175-5 (Duminy 61no, Simmons 2-17) by seven wickets
Airtel Champions League Twenty20 semi-final, Hyderabad
Dwayne Bravo and Daren Ganga shared an unbroken stand of 93 to guide Trinidad & Tobago into the Champions League final with a seven-wicket win over the Cape Cobras in Hyderabad.
In reply to the Cobras' 175 for five, Bravo scored 58 in 34 balls and Ganga 44 in 31 to reach their target in the final over and set up a final with Australian champions New South Wales.
JP Duminy had hit 61 in 40 balls to set Trinidad & Tobago a stiff target after Herschelle Gibbs' 42 in 27 balls had got them off to a flyer having chosen to bat first before the West Indian side hit back, Lendl Simmons taking two for 17 but contributions of 21 from Rory Kleinveldt and 13 not out from Justin Ontong kept their score ticking over.
Sherwin Ganga, Dave Mohammed and Kieron Pollard were the other men to pick up a wicket and explosive batsman Pollard didn't even need to pick up his bat as his side did enough to get home with four balls to spare.
William Perkins (20) and Adrian Barath (29) laid the foundations with 53 runs for the first wicket in five overs, Simmons carried on the good work with a run-a-ball 20 and despite a wicket apiece for Duminy and Ontong and the run out of Perkins, the cool heads of Ganga and Bravo, who smashed four fours and three sixes, ensured that they maintained their unbeaten run in the tournament.
Pollard thumped 54 in 18 balls to snatch victory from the clutches of defeat against New South Wales when the two sides met in the league stage and if the final provides half as much entertainment then it'll be worth keeping an eye on.
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