Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 20th 2013 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, May 20, 2013
HYDERABAD---West Indies cap-
tain Darren Sammy blasted two
sixes in the penultimate over to
fire Sunrisers Hyderabad into the
playoffs of the Indian Premier
League in India, yesterday.
Chasing a moderate 131 for vic-
tory, Sunrisers completed victory
by five wickets over defending
champions Kolkata Knight Riders
with seven balls to spare at the
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadi-
um, to claim the final playoff spot
at the expense of Chris Gayle's
Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Entering the contest with Sun-
risers needing just 23 from 24 balls,
Sammy watched as West Indies
off-spinner Sunil Narine sent
down a maiden off the 17th over
of the innings and seamer Shami
Ahmed restricted scoring in the
18th over to eight runs.
With pressure building and ten-
sion rising in the Sunrisers camp,
Sammy held his nerve to twice
clear the ropes with left-arm spin-
ner Iqbal Abdulla off the fourth
and fifth deliveries of the 19th over,
and finish the match in style.
He finished on 17 not out from
Sunrisers will now face Trinida-
dian Kevon Cooper's Rajasthan
Royals in the first playoff game on
Needing to win after RCB beat
Chennai Super Kings by 24 runs
on Saturday, Sunrisers started well,
restricting to Knight Riders to 130
for seven, with Yusuf Pathan top
scoring with an unbeaten 49.
South Africa fast bowler Dale
Steyn captured two for 24 while
Sammy's solitary over cost nine
In reply, Parthiv Patel (47) and
Shikhar Dhawan (42) put on 89
off 66 balls for the first wicket, to
lay the foundation for Sunrisers'
successful run chase.
In the earlier match, Pune War-
riors India beat the Delhi Dare-
devils by 38 runs at the Subrata
Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune. Bat-
ting first Pune, riding on their
skipper Aaron Finch's half-century,
posted 172 before their bowlers
restricted Delhi to 134. (CMC)
BRIDGETOWN---West Indies will kick
off their preparation for next month s
Champions Trophy in England, when
they embark on a five-day camp at the
High Performance Centre at the 3Ws
Oval starting in barbados today.
The sessions will be overseen by West
Indies head coach Ottis Gibson with
assistant coach Tony Radford and the
HPC's Andre Coley, also involved in the
Players were expected to begin arriving
last night, with the remainder coming
Those currently plying their trade in
the Indian Premier League will miss the
camp, as will Ramnaresh Sarwan who
is on contract with English County side
Stroke-maker Marlon Samuels, who
returned home from the IPL with a groin
strain last month, has recovered and will
take his place at the camp.
The IPL-based players, along with
Sarwan, are expected to be available for
the second camp in Cardiff in Wales
where the regional squad will fine tune
their preparations for the June 6-23 tour-
West Indies, who are scheduled to fly
out of the Caribbean on Saturday, will
play two official warm-up games fol-
lowing the Wales camp. They face Aus-
tralia in a day/night affair in Cardiff on
June 1 before taking on Sri Lanka at Edg-
baston three days later.
The Windies will do battle in Group
B of the tournament alongside Pakistan,
South Africa and India, with Sri Lanka,
Australia, New Zealand and the hosts,
comprising Group A.
West Indies open against Pakistan at
the Oval on June 7 and follow up against
India four days later at the same venue.
They travel to Cardiff for their final pre-
liminary round game against the Proteas
on June 14.
The last time the Champions Trophy
was played in England in 2004, West
Indies beat England in a thrilling final
at the Oval. (CMC)
Defending champion Queen s Park will open
the T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) T20 cricket
festival week today when they face off against
Esmeralda in the quarterfinals of the tourna-
ment at Guaracara Park in Pointe-a-Pierre
from 3 pm.
The Parkites smarting from their poor show-
ing in the Premiership, where they finished
fourth, will be looking to make amends and
take the T20 title yet again. A number of their
players who were on national duty are expected
to be included in the line-up today and all eyes
will be peeled on Darren Bravo, to see whether
he emerges from the pavilion.
The dapper left-hander has been out of action
for the past month, taking care of an eye ailment
and is expected to be fit enough to battle today.
He has been training at the Queen's Park Oval
in St Clair over the past week and will be anxious
to get in some cricket with the Champions
Trophy just ahead in England.
If Queen's Park progresses further in the
tournament there is the likelihood that mystery
spinner Sunil Narine will be available to play
for them. Narine played his last match in the
Indian Premier League (IPL) yesterday and with
his team the Kolkata Knight Riders out of the
tournament, he is expected back during the
week. Last year the IPL finished in time and
Narine flew in to play for Queen's Park.
Pacer Shannon Gabriel, off-spinner Amit
Jaggernauth and all rounder Akeil Hosein, who
missed the last few Premiership matches for
Queen's Park, will be back in action today as
Esmeralda will go into the match as underdogs
but they are capable of upsetting the big boys'.
Their manager Rafi Ali said during the week
that his team has confidence and plays well as
a unit, which is their strength and they are not
afraid of battling Queen's Park.
In the other match of the double-header,
Merry Boys Sports who went off form towards
the end of the Premiership season will be battling
and red-hot First Citizens Clarke Road from 7
The Penal Boys finished second to neighbours
PowerGen in the Premiership and will be looking
to win the T20 title, which they have never
won in the history of the tournament. Clarke
Road will start as favourites in tonight's match
but one cannot discount the Patna Boys, as
they have national players Lendl Simmons and
Rayad Emrit on board and they are in good
form at the moment. Simmons smashed a 53-
ball century against Barbados in the final of
the Regional First Class tournament in Barbados
last week and will hope he can produce that
kind of form in this tournament.
The teams are vying for a top prize of
Parkites battle Esmeralda in T20 quarterfinal today
Sunrisers Hyderabad 132 for 5 (Parthiv
47, Dhawan 42, Abdulla 3-29) vs
Kolkata Knight Riders 130 for 7 (Yusuf
, Steyn 2-24). Sunrisers
won by five wickets.
Pune Warriors 172 for 5 (Finch 52,
Wright 44, Kaul 2-27) vs Delhi
Daredevils 134 for 9 (Gautam 30,
Mathews 3-14, Murtaza 3-15). Warriors
won by 38 runs.
Qualifier 1: Chennai Super Kings v
Eliminator: Rajasthan Royals v
Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR
Chennai Super Kings 16 11 5 0 0 22 +0.530
Sunrisers Hyderabad 16 10 6 0 0 20 +0.003
R. Challengers Bangalore 16 9 7 0 0 18 +0.457
Kings XI Punjab
Kolkata Knight Riders 16 6 10 0 0 12 -0.095
Today: QPCC vs Esmeralda, 3 pm;
Merryboys vs Clarke Rd, 7 pm
Tomorrow: Caldrac vs Moosai, 3 pm;
Bamboo vs PowerGen, 6 pm
Wednesday: Semifinal one, 7 pm
Thursday: Semifinal two, 7 pm
Saturday; Third place play off, 3 pm
Final, 7 pm
Wednesday: Victoria vs Tableland, 3 pm
Thursday: QPCC 2 vs Valiants, 3 pm
Friday: Third place play off, 3 pm
Sunil Narine...did not pick up any wickets in Kolkata Knight Riders final
match against Sunrisers Hyderbad but was economical in his four overs
with figures of 0 for 11 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Kolkata, the defending champion, lost by five wickets. PHOTO COURTESY
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