Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 16th 2016 Contents A62
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, June 16, 2016
Tahir puts WI in a spin
McCullum crucial to title
defence, says Bravo
Dwayne Bravo says the presence of
New Zealand batting star Brendon will
be a major boost to Trinbago Knight
Riders in the defence of their
Caribbean Premier League title.
McCullum, a hard-hitting opener, is
one of the new acquisitions for the
franchise along with South African
opener Hashim Amla and champion
West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine,
who has moved from Guyana Amazon
Warriors after three seasons in George-
"They re all world-class players. I m
very happy to pin down McCullum,"
said all-rounder Bravo.
"He s one of the world s most dan-
gerous players and a few years ago,
when we were both playing for Chennai
(Super Kings), I even asked him to come
and play for Red Steel back then! Now
the name has changed.
"He was part of the KKR (Kolkata
Knight Riders) family back in IPL and
it s good that he joined the TKR team.
So I m happy to be team-mates with
him, also with Hashim Amla who is
another great player."
Knight Riders -- formerly Trinidad
and Tobago Red Steel -- will open the
new CPL season on June 29 when
they clash with the Darren Sammy-
led St Lucia Zouks in a 9 pm fixture
at Queen s Park Oval.
Two days later, they clash with Bar-
bados Tridents in a repeat of last year s
final and close out their home leg with
games against Amazon Warriors on
July 2 and 2013 champions Jamaica
Tallawahs on July 4.
And Bravo said the side was keen on
repeating their success especially with
the joy of last year s win still very fresh
in their minds.
"It was a great feeling and a great
atmosphere last year. Trinidad & Tobago
is known as one of the most carnival-
like atmospheres when it comes to
cricket," the West Indies player pointed
"We re a very patriotic country where
cricket is concerned and to play the
finals in your home ground, and to also
go on and win the finals, was a great
achievement by the guys. The fans really
get behind the team.
"We had a really good tournament
last year, so we always enjoy playing
at the Queen s Park Oval, and last year
the entire place was red and black. It
was a crazy atmosphere! And to go out
there and do it for the fans was very
important, also because it was the first
time for us to win the tournament was
a great achievement."
This year, all of the sides have
strengthened. Two-time finalists Ama-
zon Warriors have acquired the likes
of Dwayne Smith and Australia leg-
spinner Adam Zampa, while Tallawahs
have managed to snare South African
fast bowler Dale Steyn.
Bravo, a seasoned campaigner with
over 300 Twenty20s to his name, said
facing fellow world class players pro-
vided great competition but also good
"Playing against the likes of Dale
Steyn and Dwayne Smith and these
guys, I mean as international players,
we face these challenges often," he said.
The CPL wraps up August 7.
Rampaul fires Surrey to victory
LONDON---West Indies fast
bowler Ravi Rampaul s four-
wicket haul cancelled out Chris
Jordan s half-century as Surrey
beat Sussex by six wickets in the
Royal London One-Day Cup here
Fully fit after a hamstring injury
ruled him out of a few recent fix-
tures, the Trinidadian picked up
four for 47 to help limit Sussex to
239 all out off 43.3 overs after they
were sent in at Woodbridge Road
Opener Chris Nash perished to
the third ball of the day without
a run on the board and Sussex
slipped to 50 for three in the 14th
over before the Barbados-born Jor-
dan rallied the innings with a top-
score of 55 off 60 deliveries.
The all-rounder, who played first
class cricket for Barbados up to
four seasons ago, put on 69 for
the sixth wicket with captain Luke
Wright who made 42, and a further
41 for the seventh with South
African David Wiese who struck
41.Rampaul struck two telling
blows late on when he claimed
both Wright and Wiese to slow
Sussex s progress.
In reply, Rory Burns struck an
unbeaten 70 from 59 balls and Ben
Foakes, 61 not out from 60 deliv-
eries, to guide the visitors to their
target in the 34th over.
They were slumping at 99 for
four in the 16th over before the
pair came together in a stroke-
filled, unbroken 136-run, fifth-
At Bristol, ex-West Indies speed-
ster Tino Best went wicket-less
as Hampshire went down by ten
runs to Gloucestershire in a high-
The right-armer s nine overs
cost 75 runs as openers Michael
Klinger (166) and Chris Dent (142)
put on 242 to propel the hosts to
352 for three, after they were sent
West Indies crashed to a 139-
run defeat at the hands of South
Africa in their fourth match of
the Ballr Tri-Series at Warner
Park in St. Kitts last night, leaving
them under pressure as they head
to Barbados for the final leg.
After Hashim Amla s 110 and
Faf du Plessis 73 not out had taken
South Africa to a massive 343 for
four of their 50 overs, the West
Indies were just not up for the
fight and meekly surrendered to
leg spinner Imran Tahir, who
grabbed seven wickets, as they fell
Although West Indies lost, they
head to Barbados this morning still
in with a chance of making the
finals. The series is nicely poised
with West Indies, South Africa and
Australia, all having two wins
heading into the final round. South
Africa leads the standings with 10
points, followed by Australia nine
and West Indies eight.
Chasing 344, West Indies got a
good start from Johnson Charles
and Andre Fletcher who cracked
69 runs in nine overs. However,
the introduction of spin ended
their reign. Fletcher fell to Imran
Tahir for 21 and Charles to left arm
chinaman and googly bowler
Tabraiz Shamsi for 49 of 41 balls
with seven fours and a six.
Tahir also removed Marlon
Samuels (24), star in the last match
against Australia to become the
fastest South African to 100 ODI
wickets. He got to the milestone
in 58 matches, five more than for-
mer Pakistani off-spinner Saqlain
Mushtaq who got there in 53
He would go on to return his
best and the best ever figures for
South Africa in ODIs figures of
7/45 - as he outdone most of the
West Indians with the googlies.
Earlier, the West Indies won the
toss and sent South Africa in.
However, South African openers
Amla and de Kock batted beauti-
fully on an excellent batting pitch
and with the hard ball coming on
nicely, shot making was not an
The first powerplay brought 52
runs and even after the field was
spread, the two continued to pick
of runs easily. They brought up
the 100-run partnership of 103
balls and what was odd was the
fact that it did not contain an extra.
Amla motored on to his 23rd ODI
century of just 89 balls with 11 hits
to the fence and when he finally
left for 110 the scoreboard read 182
in the 34th over.
The man from Durban had set
the stage for an onslaught. His
partner de Kock followed in the
next over for 71 of 103 balls with
six fours but this did not stop the
All rounder Chris Morris pro-
moted to number three slashed 40
of 26 balls with two fours and two
sixes and later, Faf du Plessis played
a brilliant hand of 73 not out. Even
off-colour skipper AB de Villiers
got a good hit in counting 27 of
19 balls with a four and two sixes.
With du Plessis red hot, and the
others willing to lend willow to
leather, the South Africans creamed
105 runs from the final 10 overs
of the innings. The right handed
du Plessis faced 50 balls, hitting
two over the fence and six over
President Anthony Carmona accepts golf tips from cricket legend Brian Lara
at yesterday's opening ceremony of the 14th annual charity golf tournament
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West Indies vs South Africa
H Amla c Narine b Pollard...............110
Q de Kock b Taylor ..................................71
C Morris c sub Carter b Brathwaite .
F du Plessis not out ...............................73
AB de Villiers c Charles b Pollard .27
J P Duminy not out ................................10
Extras 4b, 4w, 2lb, 2nb ........................12
Total for 4 wkts (50ovs) ...........343
Fall of wkts: 182, 185, 245, 309.
Bowling: J Taylor 8-0-72-1, J Holder
6-0-51-0, S Narine 10-0-46-0, C
Brathwaite 10-0-69-1, S Benn 7-0-
35-0, K Pollard 9-0-64-2.
A Fletcher c Behardein b Tahir .......21
J Charles c du Plessis b Shamsi....49
D Bravo b Parnell ......................................11
M Samuels c de Kock b Tahir .........24
D Ramdin c Morris b Shamsi ...........11
K Pollard c Behardein b Tahir .........20
J Holder lbw Tahir....................................19
C Brathwaite b Tahir................................0
S Narine not out .......................................18
S Benn c Shamsi b Tahir.......................0
J Taylor b Tahir ..........................................16
Extras 10w, 2lb, 2nb, 1b ......................15
Total all out (37.5ovs)................204
Fall of wkts: 69, 82, 90, 121, 125, 169,
169, 170, 182,
Bowling: W Parnell 6-0-43-1, K
Rabada 7-0-46-0, I Tahir 9-0-45-7, C
Morris 7-0-26-0, T Shamsi 9-0-41-2.
Result: South Africa won by 139
South Africa 5 pts.
West Indies 0
Brazil football turns to Tite after Dunga
manager Adenor Leonardo Bacchi,
known as Tite, has been named
the new coach of Brazil s national
team, according to his club.
The announcement was made
by Corinthians president Roberto
de Andrade in a televised news con-
ference yesterday, a day after the
Brazilian Football Confederation
said it had fired Dunga as national
"As of this moment, Tite no
longer works for us," Andrade said.
"He has accepted the confedera-
tion s invitation. Today was his last
day with the club."
Dunga was dismissed in the wake
of Brazil s elimination from the
Copa America in the United States.
Brazil failed to get past the group
stage after drawing 0-0 with
Ecuador, beating Haiti 7-1 and los-
ing 1-0 to Peru on Sunday.
In 2015, Corinthians won the
Brazilian Championship under Tite s
leadership. He also coached the in
2012 when it won the regional Copa
Libertadores and the Club World
Cup in 2012. (AP)
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