Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 23rd 2014 Contents Defending World T20 champions
West Indies will open their defence
of their title today when they oppose
a red hot India at the Sher-e-Bangla
national stadium in Dhaka
Bangladesh from 7.30pm (9.30am
India got off to a rousing start to
the tournament's Super 10 stage when
they defeated Pakistan by seven wick-
ets in their first match on Friday
night. The Windies will have their
hands full with Mahendra Singh
Dhoni's men and will more than likely
have to dodge the rain as well.
For the past two months, there has
been no rain in Bangladesh but yes-
terday the heavens opened to make
an unwelcome presence at the tour-
nament. New Zealand, who were
playing England at the time bene-
fitted, as they took away a nine- run
win via the Duckworth/Lewis system.
The weather forecast for today is
However, West Indies skipper Dar-
ren Sammy is looking beyond that.
"I don't think any team is an easy
opponent. We will look to start off
on a winning note. The Indians start-
ed off on a winning note against Pak-
istan so they will have a lot of con-
fidence coming into this game. We
will look to play our brand of T20
cricket and the guys are confident
and we know once we play to our
full potential we will be a dangerous
force," Sammy said.
"We've got a lot of experienced
players who play Twenty20 cricket
all over the world, like (Chris) Gayle,
(Sunil) Narine and Dwayne Bravo.
We have a great balance in the squad."
The skipper said he believes today's
match will be a keen contest, but is
confident of a winning start.
"We have a general idea of the
Indians because guys have been in
the same dressing room as them dur-
ing the IPL (Indian Premier League).
Anyway in this age, there is footage
to be seen everywhere. You can watch
a player's match and come up with
a successful formula to stop him. The
good thing in our team is that we
don't have to rely on any one person.
We have at least five or six potential
match-winners," he said.
"But everyone has to contribute.
You may have a brilliant team, but
it takes a total team effort to win. It
is not going to be easy to win the
tournament again. We have to focus
on each team. But tomorrow (today)
it is all about India and our energies
are focused on them."
Sammy was also proud of his
young paceman Krishna Santokie
saying: "If you look at our bowling
unit, we have Narine who is, to me,
the Number 1 bowler in this format,
Badree, Bravo, and we have a young
guy called Krishmar Santokie, who
could have a great impact in this
"He is the leading bowler in the
Caribbean T20 and he has played in
the Caribbean Premier League (CPL)
where he has taken the most wickets
every time. Most of his wickets are
clean bowled and lbws. He has a lot
of variation, not quick, but you will
see. You have to see him to know
exactly what I mean when he gets
his opportunity. So we are happy
with the balance of our side...and
yes, we are a very good team espe-
cially in this format."
Tickets for today's match are sold
out as many people here think that
the West Indies will go on and retain
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West Indies opener Chris Gayle, left, and off-spinner Sunil Narine during
training at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Bangladesh, yesterday ahead of
its opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 Tournament against India
today. PHOTO: WINDIESCRICKET.COM
BRIDGETOWN---Maiden first class centuries
from Ashley Nurse and Carlos Brathwaite,
followed by a devastating bowling performance
from Barbados, combined to destroy T&T on
the second day of their fourth round encounter
in the Regional Four-Day Championship in
Nurse slammed 130 not out while Brathwaite
got 109 as Barbados, resuming the day on 243
for five, racked up 479 for eight declared, in a
sensational batting display at Kensington Oval.
Brathwaite then returned with the ball to
snap up three for 15 from seven overs, supporting
left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn who claimed
four for 31, as T&T crashed to 120 all out in
Jason Mohammed top scored with 43 and
captain Rayad Emrit finished on 25 not out, to
be two of only three T&T players in double fig-
Following on by 359 runs, T&T fared better
in their second innings, reaching 44 without
loss at the close, with Evin Lewis unbeaten on
37.The day belonged to Nurse and Brathwaite
who batted superbly to put Barbados in control
of the encounter.
Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich added just
three to his overnight 50 before departing with
the score on 284, but this paved the way for
Brathwaite and Nurse as they proceeded to add
190 for the eighth wicket.
Nurse cracked 16 fours and four sixes off just
111 balls in a whirlwind knock while Brathwaite
faced 136 deliveries in 215 minutes at the crease,
and counted six fours and two sixes.
The pair took Barbados to lunch at 427 for
seven, with Nurse on 99 and Brathwaite on 90,
before both completed their milestones after
Nurse was first to the mark, raising three fig-
ures off 85 balls and Brathwaite followed soon
afterward, turning leg-spinner Imran Khan to
square leg for a single to reach his century off
Once Brathwaite fell, becoming Jason
Mohammed's second wicket, Barbados declared
Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel finished with
four for 69, Mohammed two for 61 and Imran
Khan, two for 132.
In reply, T&T then marched to 32 without
loss but the innings went into decline once the
new ball pair of Jason Holder and Miguel Cum-
mins were replaced by Brathwaite and Benn.
Adrian Barath was first to fall, taken at second
slip by Nurse off Brathwaite for 20 and Lewis
(5) found himself short of his ground, run out
by good work by Jonathan Carter, with just one
added to the total.
Brathwaite then threw the innings into turmoil
when he got the prized wicket of Darren Bravo
for four, caught behind cutting and then removed
Jonathan Augustus lbw next ball without scoring,
to leave T&T on 45 for four at tea.
Benn took charge after the break, ripping
through the T&T middle order and only
Mohammed, in a counter-attacking knock,
showed any real resistance.
Mohammed hit eight fours and a six off 64
balls before he was eighth out to Benn at 90
for eight and Emrit then ensured T&T passed
the 100-run mark, with a breezy 16-ball knock
that included two fours and two sixes. (CMC)
Windies, rain look
to cool red hot India
West Indies---Darren Sammy (capt), Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Andre Fletcher, Lendl Simmons,
Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Krishmar Santokie,
Sheldon Cottrell, Samuel Badree and Johnson Charles.
India---MS Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dawant, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh,
Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Misra, Bhuveneshwar Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane,
Mohammed Shami, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma and Varun Aaron
The Bennett sisters Cristina
and Olivia fought back to win
the ladies doubles title yester-
day at the BG T&T Tranquillity
open tennis tournament at Vic-
toria Avenue, Port-of-Spain.
The top-seeded pair of Leah
Alcala and Trevine Sellier
stormed to a 6-2 win in the first
set, but the second-ranked Ben-
nett duo dug deep to win the
second set 6-3. In the final set,
Cristina and Olivia prevailed 10-
5 to lift the crown.
In the men's doubles final, top
seeds Seve Day and Yohansey
Williams got past Akiel Duke
and Vaughn Wilson 6-1, 6-4.
Action in the men's and ladies
singles serves off today.
rule at BG
Nurse, Brathwaite create misery for T&T
Ladies Doubles Final
Cristina Bennett/Olivia Bennett
def Leah Alcala/Trevine Sellier
2-6, 6-3, 10-5
Men's Doubles Final
Seve Day/Yohansey Williams
def Akiel Duke/Vaughn Wilson
Veteran's Singles Round Two
Bis Mukerji def Everest Simon
6-1, 2-0 retired
Veteran's Singles Round Two
Rawle Boyce def Peter Moore
Barbados vs T&T
BARBADOS 479 for eight decl. (Ashley Nurse 130 not out, Carlos Brathwaite 109, Omar Phillips 67, Shane Dowrich 52,
Jonathan Carter 45, Kirk Edwards 41; Shannon Gabriel 4-69, Jason Mohammed 2-61, Imran Khan 2-132)
T&T 120 (Jason Mohammed 43, Rayad Emrit 25 not out, Adrian Barath 20; Sulieman Benn 4-31, Carlos Brathwaite 3-15,
Ashley Nurse 2-27) and 44 without loss (Evin Lewis 37 not out).
Jamaica vs Windwards
JAMAICA 194 all out (Carlton Baugh Jr 56 not out, Nkrumah Bonner 38, Jermaine Blackwood 36; Shane Shillingford 4-61,
Liam Sebastien 2-23, Delorn Johnson 2-41) and 26 without loss.
WINDWARD ISLANDS 216 for nine declared (Romel Currency 76 not out, Tyrone Theophile 73, Sunil Ambris 23; Jamie
Merchant 2-21, Brian Buchanan 2-22, Nikita Miller 2-60)
Guyana vs CCC (Day/night)---Day one
GUYANA 209 for six (Assad Fudadin 71, Leon Johnson 34, Christopher Barnwell 22 not out; Raymon Reifer 2-35, Kevin
McClean 2-36) vs CCC.
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