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Bravo, Kallis take Trinidad & Tobago to semi-finals

Dwayne Bravo led from the front as he scored an unbeaten 49 with the bat and backed up with couple of wickets with the ball to take Trinidad & Tobago
Dwayne Bravo led from the front as he scored an unbeaten 49 with the bat and backed up with couple of wickets with the ball to take Trinidad & Tobago to the semi-finals of CPL.
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Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 145-3 (Kallis 61 no) beat
Jamaica Tallawahs 138-9 (Russell 36) by seven runs
29th match, Caribbean Premier League in Trinidad

A scintillating unbeaten half century from Jacques Kallis, and an all-round performance from Dwayne Bravo, sailed Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel to a seven-run win over Jamaica Tallawahs, and with that a spot in the semi-finals of Caribbean Premier League 2015.

Trinidad & Tobago won the toss and opted to bat first as Kallis (61 not out) hit four boundaries and a six in the first four overs to take them to 31 for naught. 

Jerome Taylor (1-21) got the better of William Perkins (5) trapping him lbw which slowed down Trinidad & Tobago's progress.

Kamran Akmal (14) struggled throughout his innings and his 21-ball vigil finally came to an end with a run-out as he looked for a quick single. 

Darren Bravo (5) couldn't repeat his heroics as he got a leading edge to long off, off Andre Russell (1-36) as Trinidad & Tobago slipped to 76 for three in 13 overs. 

Kallis brought up his half-century in the 16th over with a single to long-off as he and Dwayne Bravo (49 not out) added 69 runs in the last seven overs, with the latter doing the most of the scoring to take Trinidad & Tobago to 145 in their 20 overs. 

Taylor and Russell were the only bowlers to pick a wicket for Jamaica.

Chris Gayle (27) gave a tremendous start to the Jamaica innings, hitting Samuel Badree (3-35) for 26 runs in the first over to bring down the required run rate under 6.5.

But that's the only impetus they got in their innings as Bravo (2-18) got rid of Gayle in the second over.

Jamaica quickly slipped to 65 for four, losing wickets at regular intervals, Sulieman Benn (2-28), dismissed Mahela Jayawardene (3) and Chadwick Walton (11). 

Things went from bad to worse for Jamaica when Badree struck twice in the 11th over, dismissing Jermaine Blackwood (12) and Daniel Vettori (0), off successive deliveries, leaving the visitors reeling at 74 for six. 

A 22-ball cameo from Russell (36) brought down the target to 21 in the last two overs. 

But Dwayne bowled a superb penultimate over conceding just five runs and picking the wicket of Russell which ensured a seven-run win for Trinidad & Tobago taking them to the semis. 

Despite the defeat, Jamaica Tallawahs also makes it to semis, thanks to their net-run-rate being better than St Lucia Zouks. 

CPL 2015 Points Table

P W L Pts
1 Barbados Tridents 10 6 4 12
2 Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel 9 5 3 11
3 Guyana Amazon Warriors 9 4 4 9
4 Jamaica Tallawahs 10 4 5 9
5 St Lucia Zouks 10 4 5 9
6 St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 10 4 6 8


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