Dead rubber rained out
Denesh Ramdin and Darren Bravo helped themselves to half-centuries today as the match between Trinidad & Tobago and Uva Next, both of whom were already eliminated, was rained out at the half-way stage in Johannesburg.
The two led Trinidad and Tobago to a strong 181 for 3, replicating their good showing on Wednesday against Yorkshire.
The two men muscled the Caribbean champions to what was comfortably the highest score of the qualifying stage.
Unlike yesterday, Bravo and Ramdin were given a platform to build on. Against Yorkshire, T&T’s top three had been dismissed within three overs, but today William Perkins began with a series of powerful lofted extra-cover shots to score at over two-runs-a-ball, and Lendl Simmons was slightly more controlled than his swing-at-everything avatar yesterday.
By the time Simmons fell in the 10th over, T&T had motored to 86 for 3, bringing together Ramdin and Bravo. The pair began a bit cautiously but soon opened out, making sure that each of the final six overs went for ten or more.
Uva had five bowlers with international experience but only Andrew McDonald was taken for less than eight an over. There have been questions raised over Ramdin batting as high as No. 5, but he has put them to rest with successive half-centuries.
It might have been a huge total but T&T suffered against Yorkshire due to a lack of depth in their bowling. To compound matters, they left out their two best bowlers from this dead rubber; Ravi Rampaul and Samuel Badree were on the bench, which meant Uva weren’t out of the game yet despite facing a tall target.
The chase got off to the worst possible start as Dilshan Munaweera upper-cut a catch to third man off the first ball of the innings from fast bowler Shannon Gabriel. The drizzle then intensified and forced the players off the field, and the Johannesburg storm did not ease up in time for the game to resume. (Cricinfo)