High Drama As Henriques Wins It For New South Wales

High Drama As Henriques Wins It For New South Wales
High Drama As Henriques Wins It For New South Wales
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New South Wales 139-8 & 19-0 beat
Trinidad & Tobago 139-6 & 15-1 on a Super Over
Champions League Twenty20, Chennai

Moises Henriques was New South Wales' hero - twice - as they needed a Super Over to beat Trinidad & Tobago in a thrilling Champions League Twenty20 clash in Chennai.

Henriques first hit Ravi Rampaul for 17 runs in the final over of regulation play to set up the one-over eliminator and when the two men faced each other again, he hit 19 runs including four successive boundaries to put the game beyond the West Indian champions.

Lendl Simmons almost provided another twist when he hit 13 runs to leave his side needing five to win from the final ball of the eliminator but his well struck shot went straight into the hands of David Warner at long off - a metre either side and it would have gone for a match-winning six.

For the third time in two matches the Trinidad & Tobago team were denied having come out worst in last-ball nail-biters and it is nw a tall order for them to qualify having lost two out of two.

For much of the game, they played smart cricket, Simmons hitting 41 in 39 balls and Daren Ganga 21 in 23 as they posted a score of 139 for six that was seriously competitive on a slow track.

Henriques had been no less effective with the ball,taking two for 27 and New South Wales looked as if they would pay for badly missing a chance to run Ganga out early in his innings.

Warner gave them a flying start in reply, making 38 in 36 balls while Simon Katich made 23 but good work with the ball - if not outstanding, but competent in the field - ensured that the Australians were always under pressure and needed 18 to win from the final over.

Henriques had left his charge late, but his unbeaten 18 in nine balls including three fours and a priceless boundary from the penultimate ball from Patrick Cummins ensured the scores were levelled.

The move to let Henriques continue batting was a masterstroke and after he had missed the first ball and taken two from the second, he unleashed three power strokes and one deft touch to take his and the team's score to 19 from the additional six balls.

Simmons and Adrian Barath both then grabbed s single, Simmons two runs but a six and then a wide from Stephen O'Keefe brought the match back into the balance before Simmons struck the fifth ball for four.

However, he couldn't quite do as Henriques and Cummins had done earlier and level the scores again - a tie would have been enough for Trinidad & Tobago to take the game but it was not to be.

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