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T&T let the advantage slip within the last
hour of play against the Windwards in the
Headley/Weekes Regional Four-day semifinal
match-up at the Queen s Park Oval, Port-of-
The weather held for the entire day after all
the rain on Friday and a full 90 overs was pos-
The Red Force enjoyed the good weather and
battled well before they let it slip towards the
end of play, losing three wickets in their reply.
The locals reached 36 for three at the close,
after bowling out the Windwards for 246. Imran
Khan continued his fine form with 4/59 as half
brothers Romell Currency 68 and Sunil Ambris
44 propped up the visitors.
Left with 14 overs to play out the day, T&T
started their reply in frenetic fashion with Lendl
Simmons slamming taking the attack to the
However, that carefree attitude would cost
him and T&T as he fell for 19 with the score
at 33 and without addition to the total, Darren
Bravo guided one from Delorn Johnson to third
slip for a "duck."
Evin Lewis tailored his game to suit the sit-
uation and at the end he was there on ten not
out. However, with three overs to go, T&T lost
another wicket, that of nightwatchman Marlon
Richards and when play resumes today, they
will be looking to rebuild and charge towards
the Windwards total.
The day started beautifully for the home
team as Denesh Ramdin called correctly at the
toss and after five minutes umpire Gregory
Brathwaite was picking up Devon Smith s
stumps from the ground.
Pacer Shannon Gabriel breached his defence
first ball and Windwards lost their main bats-
Gabriel, who has been bowling very well this
season, then claimed the wicket of West Indies
batsman Johnson Charles soon after to reduce
the Islanders to 30 for two. Charles was bril-
liantly caught by Evin Lewis at slip fishing out-
side the off-stump.
Opener Tyrone Theophile took the attack to
the T&T boys and carved out 30 runs before
he joined his mates in the dressing room, cour-
tesy a horrible pull shot. Marlon Richards short-
ened a quickish delivery on him and his
attempted pull went skywards, only for Gabriel
to accept the catch at mid-on.
Keddy Lesporis joined Ambris at the crease
and they stabilised the innings by adding 64
runs for the fourth wicket.
Lesporis then left, bowled around his legs
by Khan on the stroke of lunch, giving the
Comets player his 25th of the tournament. The
right hander s 39 came off 44 balls and included
with five fours and one six. Lunch was taken
immediately with the score at 112 for four as
T&T got a much needed boost before the break.
On the resumption, Ramdin s boys continued
to progress and the skipper himself brought
off a wonderful run out, when he collected a
throw from Simmons and threw down the
stumps from backward square leg. The hapless
batsman was Ambris, who made 42 off 73 balls
in 91 minutes batting with two fours and two
sixes. Skipper Liam Sebastien and Currency
then joined forces and batted very well together.
The left hand/right-hand combination threw
off the T&T the bowlers and in very humid
conditions, T&T was left to chase leather in
the afternoon period.
Currency was patient and put a price to his
wicket, one that T&T was not able to come
up with for the second session. When the
players turned and headed for the pavilion, the
score read 202 for five with Sebastien 25 not
out and Currency 54 not out. He brought up
his half century off 84 balls in 112 minutes with
T&T made a great start to the final session
when Darren Bravo took a wonderful catch to
send back Sebastien for 40. The stocky Domini-
can batted for 121 minutes, negotiating 104
balls, four of which he sent over the ropes.
Khan was again in the action soon after,
sending back topscorer currency for 68. He
spent 153 minutes between the sticks in which
time he faced 120 balls, hitting nine fours. This
innings formed the backbone of the Windwards
innings, as Currency hardly played across the
line. Most of his runs came on the off-side and
none of his nine hits to the fence were on the
onside. Three went straight down the ground,
one to third man, three to backward points and
two through covers.
After this it was all downhill for the visitors
and they fell for 246 - missing out a valuable
batting point. Khan was the pick of the bowlers
with 4/59, Gabriel took 2/35 and newboy Ricky
The burning question for Delhi Daredevils
was their mettle under pressure.
They were on a losing streak that was now
at seven matches across two seasons. They still
had to contend with their biggest influence---
Kevin Pietersen---being restricted to the bench.
They had to best one of the wilier attacks in
the IPL, which believed---at 167---it had enough
to defend. However, fifties from stand-in captain
Dinesh Karthik and new recruit JP Duminy
took them home in an emphatic flurry.
The Daredevils captain was on the receiving
end of a snorter from Albie Morkel in the last
match, but today he was at his busy best. He
nudged those singles and twos, his footwork
against spin was precise and more importantly
he held the chase together until Duminy arrived
at No 5 and took Morne Morkel for 21 runs in
the 18th over to shift the balance.
Sunil Narine was Knight Riders go-to man
again, gamely delivering a 19th over that allowed
only six runs to leave the equation at run-a-
ball. The pressure shifted to Piyush Chawla
who beat Jimmy Neesham with a legbreak that
didn t turn, and then snapped him up with a
seam-up delivery. Duminy hared across to the
other end so that he was on strike, and belted
another quick delivery over square leg to take
the honours with three balls to spare.
A big target requires some risks at the top
and can sometimes contribute to wickets with-
out much doing from the bowlers. M Vijay was
one such casualty when his search for a non-
existent single resulted in his run-out. Ross
Taylor could not get going for a second game
in a row, and was undone by an offcutter from
Jacques Kallis. Daredevils, though, still managed
a quick start, thanks to Mayank Agarwal s 26
off 14, which ensured the Powerplay fetched
Karthik and Duminy got together with 107
needed off 13 overs, and began milking the
spinners. Narine was kept back until the 11th
over, by which time Karthik had a measure of
the situation. His strike rate spent only two
balls under 100 as he trusted his nurdles on
either side of the wicket to keep the score tick-
ing. Chawla s first over highlighted Karthik s
range against spin when he carted a six over
square leg, and then cut a four through point.
A languid four over extra cover brought up his
fifty, and was probably the shot of the match.
Duminy was at his innovative best. His first
boundary was a scoop over the keeper. He
would need to pull out his finishing skills. He
lost Karthik in the 15th over, Manoj Tiwary
could only last six balls, and Knight Riders
scented a turnaround with 40 needed off the
final four overs.
It was then that Duminy exploded. Morne
Morkel had set up Knight Riders victory on
Wednesday with a brutal first spell. His pace
and lift was just as troublesome to deal with
today as he claimed two wickets, but at the
crunch he almost seemed to play into Duminy s
hands. A length ball, a short one and a full toss
were blitzed for four, six and six.
Pace on ball might have let Knight Riders
down at the crucial moment, but it worked for
Daredevils when asked Nathan Coulter-Nile
and Jaydev Unadkat to join Mohammed Shami.
The pitch might have been slow, but under
lights the ball began to seam.
Mohammed Shami exploited it in the first
over to hand Jacques Kallis his ninth duck, and
mark him as the specialist batsman with the
most ducks in the tournament. Gautam Gamb-
hir, was still searching for his first runs this
season, when he tucked one off the hip, straight
to leg gully, to join Kallis at nine ducks.
Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa rebuilt
the innings with a 64-run partnership, telling
themselves the release was around the corner.
Uthappa survived a scare Taylor dropped him
on seven. Even though Pandey fell in the 11th
over, Uthappa, assisted by cameos from Shakib
Al Hasan and Suryakumar Yadav, set up a total
that visibly energised the Knight Riders dug-
out at the innings-break. But Daredevils just
wanted it more.
T&T lets it slip at the Oval
T&T's bowler Imran Khan bags four for 59
TT vs Windwards
TTheophillecGabrielbRichards . . . . . . . . . .30
Fall of wkts: 0, 30, 49, 112, 136, 226, 235, 240,
Bowling: S Gabriel 11-0-2-35-2, R Emrit 11-1-
42-0, M Richards 7-0-30-1, A Hosein 7-0-29-0,
I Khan 17-2-59-4, R Jaipaul 17.4-6-34-2, J
T&T 1st inns
LSimmonscMathewbJohnson. . . . . . . . . . .19
MRichardscTheophilebSebastien. . . . . . . . .2
Fall of wkts: 33, 33, 36.
Bowling: N Pascal 2-0-18-0, D Johnson 5-2-
10-2, K Peters 3-1-2-0, L Sebastien 2-1-1-1, M
Narine's Knight Riders stumble vs Daredevils
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