Cobras Dumped Out By Cooper's Late Onslaught
Trinidad & Tobago 138-8 (Bravo 29) beat
Cape Cobras 137-4 (Shah 63no) by 2 wickets
Champions League Twenty20, Chennai
Trinidad & Tobago's Kevon Cooper timed a late blast of 25 not out in 11 balls perfectly to knock the Cape Cobras out of the Champions League Twenty20.
A two-wicket victory for the West Indians meant that half-centuries from Owais Shah and Dane Vilas as well as three wickets from captain Justin Kemp were in vain.
The Cobras had looked the most likely team to win right until the final over of the game, in which Charl Langeveldt overstepped to allow an extra ball but Cooper didn't need it, hitting the winning couple of runs through midwicket with two deliveries remaining.
He had got his side into a good position by hitting the last ball of the 19th over - bowled by Dale Steyn - way over long-off for a maximum. His earlier six off Robin Peterson signalled the start of his assault and despite Ravi Rampaul (7) falling in that final over, the boys from the Caribbean had the last laugh.
Kemp was on a hat-trick after bowling both Adrian Barath (16) and Daren Ganga (0) and he superby caught and bowled Darren Bravo for 29.
Langeveldt also removed Sherwin Ganga - trapped in front for 11 - to finish with figures of two for 32 to Kemp's three for 22 as the Cobras exited the competition.
They lost their openers early having won the toss and chosen to bat, Richard Levi (0) and Herschelle Gibbs (2) falling to Samuel Badree and Rampaul respectively.
Vilas then hit 54 in 44 balls with seven fours and England's Shah 63 not out in 50 deliveries with six fours and a six, taking advantage of some poor fielding to spur their side on to a competitive total.
However, it proved to be a little short and finally Trinidad & Tobago made sure that in a tight finish, they held their nerve - albeit by ensuring that the game didn't quite go to the wire.
Their own hopes of progression now rely on the Chennai Super Kings beating the New South Wales Blues by a slender enough margin to allow them to go through to the semi-finals on net run-rate.
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