Bravo brothers flatten Jamaica as Trinidad & Tobago march into second semis
Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel 152-6 (Darren 86 no) beat
Jamaica Tallawahs 125 (Walton 31) by 27 runs
First Semi-Final, Caribbean Premier League, Port of Spain
Darren Bravo's heroics with the bat and Dwayne Bravo's five-wicket haul handed Trinidad &Tobago Red Steel a victory over the Jamaica Tallawahs in the first semi-final of the Caribbean Premier League in Port of Spain.
Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Trinidad & Tobago got off to a nightmarish start, as their top order collapsed in just four overs, with Jamaica reducing them to 18 for three.
Cameron Delport (1) fell in the very first over, bamboozled by Krishmar Santokie's (1-31) slower delivery, whereas Jacques Kallis (6) failed to make use of the reprieve he got in the second over, giving mid-off a simple catch off Jerome Taylor (2-28).
Kamran Akmal (6) played a poor shot as he got out to a full toss from Taylor, hitting it straight into the hands of Mahela Jayawardene at mid-wicket, leaving Trinidad & Tobago in trouble.
However, Darren Bravo (86 not out) and Jason Mohammed (28) played a crucial role in Trinidad's turnaround, stitching together an 80-run partnership, bringing crucial momentum to the innings.
Darren was the chief aggressor in the partnership, hitting three fours and four sixes, while Mohammed played a calmer role, scoring at just over a run-a-ball.
The duo rotated the strike well, as they pushed the total to 98 for three by the end of the 14th over, after which Narsingh Deonarine (1-31) saw the back of Mohammed, inducing a top edge that was safely taken by long-on.
Dwayne Bravo (5) and Kevon Cooper (9) tried their best to up the ante, but it was Darren, who continued to hit the boundaries from the other end, staying unbeaten as he helped the team post a total of 152 for six.
Chasing a formidable total in a semi-final, the Tallawahs got going well as Chris Gayle (30) went out all guns blazing, helping the team reach 30 without loss in four overs.
However, Gayle could not convert his cameo into a big score as Johan Botha (1-14) bowled a turning delivery that induced a top edge, which the bowler himself claimed.
Sulieman Benn (1-29) should have had Jayawardene (16) in the sixth over, but the chance was dropped at first slip, after which Chadwick Walton (31) ended the powerplay on a high at 54 for one, scoring a hat-trick of fours.
Just when Jamaica were running away with the game, Jayawardene was unfortunate to be given out caught at slip, even as the replays seemed to indicate that the ball had gone off his arm as he attempted a reverse sweep.
Jermaine Blackwood (23) attempted to up the ante with a couple of sixes, but he failed to make his start count, as Dwayne Bravo (5-23) got him to hole out to long-off, picking up his first wicket of the night.
The wicket of Blackwood opened the flood-gates as Jamaica saw their batsmen return to the pavilion in a procession, going from 106 for three at the end of the 15th over, to being bowled out for 125.
Bravo, with five wickets, was the outstanding bowler for Trinidad, while Kevon Cooper (2-21) got two to his name, whereas Samuel Badree (0-14) was the most economical of the lot.
Darren was named as the man of the match for his unbeaten knock which turned the innings around for Trinidad & Tobago.
Trinidad will now face Guyana Amazon Warriors in the second semi-final on 25th July at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain for a spot in the final against Barbados Tridents.
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