Red Steel grind Tridents
ST GEORGE’S – Aggressive half-centuries from Ross Taylor and Darren Bravo gave Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel a winning start to their 2014 Caribbean Premier League (CPL)?campaign here yesterday.
New Zealander Taylor hammered six fours and a six in 62 and Bravo an unbeaten 54 as Red Steel overhauled the Barbados Tridents’ paltry 124, reaching 125 for three with 15 balls left at the National Stadium.
Red Steel bowlers had earlier strangled the Tridents, leaving them with just 120 for six off their 20 overs, after being asked to bat first.
Shane Dowrich christened his maiden CPL innings with a top score of 37 off 38 balls while Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik scored 21.
Seamers Kevin O’Brien (2-6) and Dwayne Bravo (2-17) finished with two wickets apiece, while speedster Fidel Edwards was brilliant up front, conceding just 12 runs from his three overs.
Tridents were given a sound start by Dowrich and Dwayne Smith, who made 13, adding 40 off 36 balls for the first wicket.
Smith got into his stride early, clearing long-off with leg-spinner Samuel Badree as early as the second over before punching the bowler through cover off the back foot for four, a few overs later. However, he perished in that same over, the sixth of the innings, clipping a simple catch to Dwayne Bravo at long-on.
Dowrich and Shoaib then added a patient 34 for the second wicket, as Red Steel’s bowlers turned the screws and slowed the scoring.
In reply, Red Steel lost Nasir Jamshed to the first ball of the innings, caught at slip by Ashley Nurse off off-spinner Shoaib while Evin Lewis top-edged pacer Ravi Rampaul to backward square for McKenzie to take an excellent catch. Taylor and Bravo then took charge. (CMC)