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Red rain

It was a case of the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force’s Evin

Lewis and Darren Bravo engaged in a deluge of fours and sixes.

Then as Titans launched an unlikely victory charge, the rain

intervened to put an end to an enthralling battle with Trinidad

and Tobago keeping their chances of a semi-final berth alive

in the Champions League Twenty20 Tournament with a sixrun

win via the Duckworth/Lewis method at the Sardar Patel

Stadium today .

The Titans were on 153 for 6 off 17 overs, six short of the

par score on the D/L, in pursuit of 189 when the teams were

forced off the ground; the heavy downpour coupled with the

wind picking up, even blew the covers off partially, as the square

around the pitch soaked in water.

Chasing a huge total to book their own slot in the lastfour,

skipper Henry Davids took the Titans off to another flier,

cracking a 22-ball 42 before falling to Rayad Emrit in the seventh

over with the Titans on 65. Davids’ opening partner Jacques

Rudolph threatened to set the pace too but his vigil at the

crease came to an end in the 11th over when he perished to

Lendl Simmons.

Simmons struck again off the next delivery to get rid of

Roelof van der Merwe as the Titans slipped to 88 for 4, bringing

AB de Villiers and Farhaan Behardien together in the middle and

the two got to work immediately with the asking rate soaring

up. The fourth wicket pair added a brisk 49, with Behardien

(29 off 19) the more aggressive of the duo, raising hopes of a

successful chase. However, Sunil Narine, who had bowled three

overs for only 17 runs made two telling blows on the Titans

in the 16th over and his last, removing a rampaging Behardien

and then the dangerous David Wiese, leaving de Villiers with an

uphill task.

The South African ODI captain upped the ante with help

from Mangaliso Mosehle and the game was interestingly poised,

with T&T holding the edge when rain played spoilsport to what

could have been a thrilling finish.

Earlier, after being asked to bat, Trinidad and Tobago lost

opener Simmons to Marchant de Lange in the second over of

the innings for another duck, but that did not stop Lewis from

launching a brutal assault on the Titans as he smashed five sixes

and seven fours in the course of a 35-ball 70. With another

left-hand batsman at the other end, Bravo also looking solid, the

West Indians reached 100 in the 11th over.

Once Lewis departed to van der Merwe with the score on

113, Bravo took over the scoring and blasted a series of sixes

to ensure Trinidad and Tobago were always on the path to a

strong score against the Titans. Bravo, who had hit 66 in his

team’s losing cause against Hyderabad last Tuesday, was in great

touch again and raced to his half-century off 37 balls, sending van

der Merwe over long-on for a huge six. Trinidad and Tobago

were also boosted by a lively cameo from Navin Stewart, who

collected a quick 23 off 15 balls as Trinidad and Tobago reached

a daunting 188 for 6 off their 20 overs.

Trinidad and Tobago are now on eight points. second behind

Chennai Super Kings, and only a very heavy loss will deny them

a semi-final berth. The Titans, currently also on 8 points and

with an inferior run-rate to Trinidad and Tobago and with no

matches remaining, must now wait on that Trinidad and Tobago/

Chennai Super Kings with hearts in hands. (AP/WG)

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