T & T Clinch Three-Run Win To Eliminate The Chargers
Trinidad & Tobago 149-7 (Perkins 38, Pollard 31) beat
Deccan Chargers 146-9 (Gilchrist 51, Dw. Bravo 3-24) by three runs
Airtel Champions League Twenty20 Group A, Hyderabad
Dwayne Bravo produced some more Twenty20 magic as his Trinidad & Tobago side knocked the Deccan Chargers out of the Champions League with a three-run win in Hyderabad.
The inspirational all-rounder hit 11 as the West Indian side made 149 for seven before returning figures of three for 24, taking a wicket and effecting a run out in the final over as the Chargers closed on 146 for nine in reply.
William Perkins thumped 38 in 32 balls at the top of the order for T & T and Kieron Pollard hammered his way to 31 in just 14 balls with four sixes at the death as Fidel Edwards picked up three for 32, having openers Perkins and Lendl Simmons (7) trapped in front and Pollard bowled.
The Chargers knew that nothing other than a win was enough for them to qualify, and with Adam Gilchrist blasting 51 in 36 balls they looked on course to prevail despite losing early wickets.
When Gilchrist was brilliantly caught by Pollard off of Simmons, the tide began to turn and it took excellent innings of 25 from Rohit Sharma and 30 in 19 balls from Yalaka Venugopal Rao to get the Chargers back on track.
Ravi Rampaul had Rao dismissed with two overs to go and although only seven were needed for the home side to take the win with six balls remaining, Bravo proved too good, putting his side through to the Super Eights along with Somerset.
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