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Attribute it to the impact of Twen-
ty20 if you may, but with the recent
trend in one-dayers, even a cushion of
15 runs to defend off the final over may
not be enough for fielding sides to feel
safe. Ask Pakistan. In the last two
months, they have choked while
defending the exact number, first
against Ireland and on Friday against
West Indies. Both ended in ties.
More recently, Sri Lanka too cracked
under pressure against last-minute spe-
cialist Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the only
difference being they conceded the match
and the tri-series trophy to India. Such
is the standard of death bowling these
days that it is possible for Nos 9 and 11
to finish off improbable chases.
Friday's match was Pakistan's to lose
with West Indies needing 39 off the last
three with two wickets remaining. A
combination of poor field placings and
equally poor bowling cost them. Even
with 15 to defend off six, Pakistan were
better off saving boundaries than cutting
Wahab Riaz bowled length instead of
firing in yorkers, that Junaid Khan did
so effectively. One of the commentators
suggested that Mohammad Hafeez would
have been a better choice.
Despite the choke, Pakistan had pos-
itives to draw from the game, most
notably their fielding. Excluding a couple
of blunders that cost boundaries---a mis-
field from Shahid Afridi at the start of
the chase and Riaz moving the wrong
way at long-on during the climax---the
commitment was pleasing.
Ahmed Shehzad and Hafeez took a
couple of sharp catches and the number
of sliding stops inches from the rope
only made West Indies' task harder.
In the batting, Umar Akmal and Riaz
played positively in the slog overs to take
52 off the last 4.2 overs. Misbah-ul-Haq
laid the platform with 75, but it was
another laborious knock that consumed
too many balls.
One thing the two sides have in com-
mon is an undependable top order. A
spectator held a placard asking for Chris
Gayle to be demoted down the order,
given his lackluster form. Gayle has been
struggling against two new balls and a
quality seam attack, so it may not be a
bad idea for him to swap places with an
in-form Lendl Simmons.
West Indies have also put more pres-
sure on themselves by not rotating the
strike enough. Pakistan don't really have
a weak fifth bowler, so the batsmen can't
expect too many boundary balls. As the
captain Dwayne Bravo said after the
match, the tie was not a satisfactory
result for the hosts because the batsmen
had no business leaving the dirty work
to the tailenders.
Today in the fourth ODI in St Lucia,
both West Indies and Pakistan will be
looking to take the lead in the five-match
series which is tied 1-1.
West Indies: (probable) 1 Chris
Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles (wk), 3
Darren Bravo, 4 Lendl Simmons, 5
Marlon Samuels, 6 Dwayne Bravo
(capt), 7 Kieron Pollard, 8 Darren
Sammy, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Sunil
Narine, 11 Jason Holder
(probable) 1 Nasir Jamshed, 2 Ahmed
Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4
Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Haris Sohail, 6
Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8
Wahab Riaz, 9 Junaid Khan, 10 Saeed
Ajmal, 11 Mohammad Irfan
Top-order worries remain
for West Indies, Pakistan VINODE MAMCHAN
T&T Red Force will not play in Chennai Southern
India as the Champions League organisers have decided
not to host any matches in that State because of ongoing
tensions with the Tamil Sect in Sri Lanka.
During the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) the Board
of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was advised by the
security minister for the State that they should not play
of the games in Chennai because Sri Lankan players will
be the subject of targets by an alleged terrorist group.
However, the BCCI went on and allowed matches at
Chennai because companies had already brought advertising
at the ground and this would have created all kinds of
confusion. What they did however, was to ask the teams
that contained Sri Lankan players not to send their player
to Chennai to play when they had to travel there to play
against the home team. The teams saw the bigger picture
and put the players' safety first and this was exercised
throughout the tournament.
Chennai finished as the second placed team in the IPL
and as a result they have been pitted in Group B of the
Champions League. T&T who are the Caribbean Champions
also find themselves in Group B and will face Chennai in
It is understood that the organisers of the Champions
League will includes the BCCI, Cricket South Africa and
Cricket Australia have decided that they are not going to
ask teams to play in Chennai and deny them their use of
Sri Lankan players.
They have decided as a result that no matches will be
played in Chennai and as a result T&T would more than
likely face the home team at Delhi. The last time T&T
played Chennai Super Kings in the Champions League in
Chennai, the Red Force against all odds and with Dwayne
Bravo playing for Chennai won the match in front of
In an immediate response Omar Khan manager of the
team said: "Well I am not aware of this but if that is the
case then it is good for player safety, however it does not
matter to T&T because the last time we played them there
we defeated them. Playing anywhere in India is a challenge
for foreign teams because of the conditions but our team
will be ready to play anywhere they put us and to give a
good account of ourselves."
T&T Red Force is expected to leave these shores on Sep-
tember 15 for India to participate in their fourth Champions
Red Force will not
play in Chennai
West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons gets on top of one against Pakistan in the
third ODI in St Lucia on Friday. The match ended drawn to keep the series tied 1-1.
Today the two teams meet in the fourth ODI. PHOTO COURTESY WICB WEB SITE
Vice-captain Saiba Batoos-
ingh grabbed two of the four
remaining Leeward Islands sec-
ond innings wickets yesterday,
as the national under-15 team
needed little time to complete a
crushing ten-wicket win in the
West Indies Cricket Board
Regional U-15 tournament in
Resuming their second innings
yesterday on 49/6, the Leeward
Islands were dismissed for 90.
Off-spinner Batoosingh finished
with figures of 3/9, while Sachin
Seecharan and Amrit Kistow took
3/22 and 2/31 respectively. Jamuel
Cabey offered some resistance,
scoring an unbeaten 18. T&T got
a massive 79-run lead on first
innings, which meant they needed
a meagre 12 runs to pick up their
second win of the competition.
The opening pair of Keagan Sim-
mons and Crystian Thurton took
T&T to the victory in 6.4 overs.
T&T did not only get a win,
but picked up 1.4 valuable bonus
bowling points from the match.
In other matches, Guyana got
past Jamaica by two wickets and
the Windward Islands defeated
defending champions Barbados
by seven wickets.
AT MANLEY HORNE: Leeward Islands 78 (29
overs) (Jerelius Louis 26 n.o., Joel Sutherland 3/5,
Sachin Seecharan 3/16) and 90 (35.3 overs) (Jamuel
Cabey 18 n.o., Javani Tyson 18, Seecharan 3/22, Saiba
Batoosingh 3/9, Amrit Kistow 2/31) vs T&T 157 (41.4
overs) (Batoosingh 70, Seecharan 15, Trevor Hanley
5/45) and 12/0 (6.4 overs). T&T won by 10 wickets
AT STETHS: Barbados 121 and 110 vs Windward
Islands 146 and 86/3. Windwards won by 7 wickets
AT TREASURE BEACH: Jamaica 99 and 96 vs
Guyana 95/9 and 103/8. Guyana won by 2 wickets
Batoosingh leads T&T U15s 10-wicket win
ATLANTA---T&T was eliminated from the Concacaf
Gold Cup Tournament after being edged 1-0 in a qurater-
final match in the US, yesterday.
The lone goal of the match came from Raul Jiminez in
the 85th minute to send the Soca Warriors out the com-
Caribbean Cup champions Cuba was also knocked out
after suffering a 6-1 loss to Panama in the other quarterfinal
match played earlier.
Cuba opened the scoring in the 21st minute from Jose
Ciprian but then conceded a goal through the penalty spot
as Gabriel Torres was spot on in the 25th minute for
Panama. Panama added a second goal through Torres
before the interval.
The Cubans lost their discipline and emotions in the
defence after Ariel Martinez was red carded for a high
tackle in the 58th minute.
Panama capitalised on the situation and Carlos Rodriguez
(68th), Blas Perez (78th, 87th) and substitute Jairo Jimenez
(84th) completing the rout of the Cubans.
Panama will advances to the semi-finals and will face
Today, the US plays El Salvador and Honduras takes on
Costa Rica in quarterfinal matches. (Full report tomor-
from Gold Cup
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