Bravo And Ganga Rescue Trinidad And Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago 144-5 (Bravo 44no, Gunaratne 2-20) beat
Ruhunu Eleven 138 (Chandimal 50) by 5 wickets
Champions League T20 qualifier, Hyderabad
Sherwin Ganga smacked an unbeaten 39 in 15 balls and Darren Bravo was not out on 44 as Trinidad & Tobago beat Ruhunu Eleven by five wickets in the opening game of the 2011 Champions League T20 qualifying tournament in Hyderabad.
The West Indian champions had slipped to 81 for five in pursuit of 139 to win when the two men joined forces at the crease but four sixes and two fours from Ganga eventually saw them power home with seven balls to spare.
Dinesh Chandimal had earlier scored 50 to prop up Ruhunu as they made their first appearance in the competition. A brace of wickets from Ravi Rampaul and one apiece from Samuel Badree, Kevon Cooper and Lendl Simmons saw them pegged back as they were unable to build on a fast start from Sanath Jayasuriya (13), Mahela Udawatte (10) and Chandimal.
Trinidad and Tobago then made an awful start in reply when they lost Lendl Simmons for three and Adrian Barath without scoring to Janaka Gunaratne.
Daren Ganga made 17 in ten balls before he was trapped in front by Jayasuriya and the subsequent dismissals of Denesh Ramdin (18) and Jason Mohammed (17) meant the match appeared to be Ruhunu's to lose.
However, Bravo, who faced 49 balls and hit one four and one six, anchored the innings as Ganga teed off from the other end to put the men from the Caribbean in with a strong chance of making the group stages of the competition proper.
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