Monday 30 September 2013 

CLT20: T&T Beat Titans By Six Runs

Darren Bravo
Darren Bravo struck a half-century to help set up victory for Trinidad & Tobago
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Trinidad & Tobago 188-6 (Lewis 70) beat
Titans 153-6 (Davids 42) by 6 runs (D/L)
Champions League Twenty20 Group B, Ahmedabad

Trinidad and Tobago thrust themselves firmly into Champions League Twenty20 semi-final contention with a six-run win over the Titans on the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Chasing 189 to win, the Titans were 153 for six after 17 overs when the rain arrived to end the game with them seven runs short of their victory target.

Losing the wickets of Farhaan Behardien and David Wiese to Sunil Narine in the space of two balls in the 16th over proved pivotal.

Earlier, Evin Lewis had hit 70 in 35 balls and Darren Bravo 63 in 44 to help the West Indians reach an imposing score of 188 for six.

Navin Stewart (23) was the only other player to reach double figures as the Titans, primarily through Marchant de Lange's three for 38, fought back.

They looked short of options when Lewis was hammering seven fours and five sixes and Bravo weighed in with five boundaries and four maximums during a 109-run partnership for the second wicket.

Morne Morkel (1-29), Henry Davids (1-31) and Roelof van der Merwe (1-25) also chipped in to limit the damage, van der Merwe removing Lewis and de Lange bowling Bravo.

Titans then got off to a flying start thanks to Davids, who struck 42 in 22 balls and Jacques Rudolph, who made 31 in 28.

Their partnership of 65 was then followed by the loss of four wickets for 23 runs as from 65 without loss, the South Africans slipped to 88 for four - a collapse that began to turn the game Trinidad & Tobago's way.

Lendl Simmons, who had earlier fallen for a duck, made amends with the wickets of Rudolph and van der Merwe (4) in consecutive deliveries, leaving AB de Villiers and Behardien with the task of reviving the innings.

They did a pretty good job, Behardien's 29 coming off 19 balls and de Villiers was unbeaten on 23 in 13, but when Behardien was caught by Lewis off Narine and Wiese was caught by Samuel Badree two balls later, it looked like they had left themselves with too much to do, even without the rain arriving.

Mangaliso Mosehle cracked 11 in five balls but as the rain swept in to take everybody by surprise, even that proved to be too little, too late.

Narine finished with figures of two for 23 and Simmons two for 18.

Group B standings: Chennai Super Kings 12 points, Titans, Trinidad & Tobago 8 points, Sunrisers Hyderabad 4 points, Brisbane Heat 0 points

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