Bravo And Ramdin Shine Before Rain
Trinidad & Tobago 181-3 (Bravo 54no) v
Uva Next 0-1 - Match abandoned due to rain
CLT20 Qualifying Tournament, Pool 2, Johannesburg
Sri Lankan champions Uva Next faced just one ball in pursuit of their target of 182 to beat Trinidad & Tobago as the largely inconsequential match between the two sides in Johannesburg was washed out by a heavy South African rain shower.
With both teams already out of the reckoning for progression to the tournament proper, Trindad & Tobago chose to rest their two best bowlers from the game against Yorkshire, Samuel Badree and Ravi Rampaul, and were put into bat by Uva captain Thilina Kandamby in what were again expected to be helpful conditions for seam bowlers.
However, the Trinidad openers, Lendl Simmons and William Perkins, did something that they couldn't against Yorkshire and laid the foundations for Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin to again do the bulk of the run scoring.
Simmons and Perkins added 33 inside five overs for the first wicket, with Perkins the aggressor making all but one of those during his 15-ball innings. Evin Lewis fell third ball to Andrew McDonald - who was the pick of the Uva attack with one for 28 - but Simmons and Darren Bravo added 46 for the third wicket, while Bravo and Denesh Ramdin added a further unbroken 95 for the fourth-wicket.
Coming together in the 10th over with the score on 86 for three, the pair began slowly before accelerating to plunder 77 runs off the last six overs of the innings. Left-hander Bravo ended on 54 not out off 42 balls, with wicket-keeper Ramdin not out on exactly 50 off only 31 balls as Trinidad & Tobago closed on 181 for three.
Uva lost opener Dilshan Munaweera, upper cutting to Perkins at third-man, to the first ball of their innings, but the rain arrived and no more play was possible as both sides were deprived the opportunity of a morale-boosting win.
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