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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, May 21, 2014
HYDERABAD—Sacked West Indies Captain Dar-
ren Sammy conjured up a late innings salvo to
ensure Sunrisers Hyderabad complete a seven
wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore
(RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) yes-
With runs two runs required of three balls
Sammy took a double of the fourth to seal the
match for Hyderabad and upset Bangalore's plans
of making the playoffs.
Sammy, who hit a six, was not out on ten as
Hyderabad chased down the target to reach 162
for three after Bangalore had posted 160 for six
at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle failed
again with the bat, caught at short third man for
14 while attempting to hit over the leg side.
"We needed a win, last game in front of these
beautiful fans,” declared Sammy who was recently
replaced as West Indies test captain by Trinidadian
wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdeen.
Sammy hit his first ball flat over the straight
boundary, bringing the equation down to less than
a run a ball.
He then sealed the win by chipping a slower
ball from Mitchell Starc over cover, giving Sunrisers
a foot in the door amidst a scramble for fourth
Hyderabad appeared to be coasting towards their
target of 161 after a strong opening stand produced
one hundred runs on the strength of half centuries
from Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner.
However they slipped a bit as the chase was
dragged into the last over making way for Sammy’s
Despite the victory, Sunrisers still need other
results to go their way, as do Royal Challengers -
both have ten points with two remaining games.
In the other match, Sunil Narine’s Kolkata
Knight Riders powered to an eight-wicket win
over Chennai Super Kings with two overs to spare.
Narine picked up an important wicket at a crucial
stage as KKK restricted MS Dhoni’s men to 154
for four before overhauling the target and losing
just two wickets in the process.
The Trinidadian destroyed a bold effort to con-
solidate by removing Brendon McCullum who had
joined forces with Suresh Raina.
McCullum was gone for 28 after a terrific catch
by Suryakumar Yadav
Narine’s West Indies team mate, opener Dwayne
Smith experience rare failure when he was bowled
in the second over of the day for five runs, a setback
for Super kings.
Smith, caught on the crease playing down the
wrong line, had his off stump knocked over by
Pat Cummins playing in his first game in IPL.
But McCullum (28 off 22 balls) smashed 16
runs off Cummins' next over and teamed up with
Raina (25 0ff 32 balls) in a solid second wicket
stand that yielded 54 runs.
Robin Uthappa made his fourth half-century of
the season and teamed up with Gautam Gambhir
to put on 64 runs for the opening partnership in
seven overs for KKK.
The win took Knight Riders level on Rajasthan
Royals with 14 points from 12 games, helping them
break further away from the crowded middle of
Kolkata Knight Riders 156 for 2 (Uthappa 67,
Shakib 46*) beat Chennai Super Kings 154 for 4
(Raina 65, Narine 1-24) by eight wickets
Sunrisers Hyderabad 161 for 3 (Dhawan 50,
Warner 59) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore
160 for 6 (Kohli 67) by seven wickets
Recalled West Indies all rounder Dwayne
Bravo says he will work very hard to ensure
that the West Indies players selected for
the New Zealand series, rally behind newly
installed captain Denesh Ramdin.
Bravo made the comments during a func-
tion hosted by the T&T Cricket Board at
their headquarters in Couva on Monday
night. The TTCB honoured three West Indies
captains at the function, Ramdin the West
Indies Test captain, Bravo the West Indies
limited overs captain and Merissa Aguilliera
the West Indies women’s captain. During
his address, Bravo said :”This is a very
important time in West Indies cricket and
Denesh needs all the support he can get in
order to take us forward. It is not going to
be an easy task leading the West Indies but
the players can make it easier by rallying
around the captain.
“I have enjoyed good relationships with
all the players and I am going to do my part
to make sure that they give Denesh their
fullest support. We have the guys in our
ranks to take West Indies to a series victory
and we intend to do just that when we go
After a four-year hiatus, Bravo comes
back into the Test squad with the retirement
of former captain Darren Sammy. Bravo is
among 20 players called to prepare for the
series against New Zealand and he is expect-
ed to fill the allrounder void left by Sammy’s
Ramdin meanwhile acknowledged that
it will be an uphill task to change around
the fortunes of West Indies cricket but stated
he is up for the battle. “Ever since I was a
little boy I dreamt of playing for the West
Indies. I also dreamt of being West Indies
captain and now it has happened, I am
going to grasp it with both hands and make
full use of the opportunity.
“I have a good group of players to work
with and I am confident in their ability and
commitment and we are looking forward
to playing in the upcoming series. I have
held discussions with the West Indies Cricket
Board (WICB) and they have indicated to
me that they are all the way behind me and
will be there to lend support.”
The T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) is leaving
no stone unturned in assisting Ramdin and
work on his mental preparation has already
started, as they have employed Don La Fou-
cade to conduct sessions with him.
Bravo and Aguilliera have joined fellow
Trinidadian Lendl Simmons in calling for
support for the new West Indies captain.
Earlier this week, Simmons noted that
Ramdin was groomed to take over the team
over the years and the decision to finally
put him in charge was a good one which
he wholeheartedly supported.
Bravo to rally
support for Ramdin
England-based duo Andre Boucaud and
Justin Hoyte were among the first players
to join the national team camp yesterday
as head coach Stephen Hart began training
at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port-of-
Spain, ahead of the upcoming friendly inter-
national against Argentina.
Also joining were captain Kenwyne Jones
and former England U-20 player Gavin
Hoyte, who arrived from London last evening.
Europe-based trio Radanfah Abu Bakr,
Khaleem Hyland and Lester Peltier along
with North America-based Carlyle Mitchell
and Kevan George are all scheduled in later
this week while Orlando City midfielder
Kevin Molino will join the team in Buenos
The other players present from the start
of the training camp were goalkeepers Jan
Michael Williams and his Central FC team-
mates Willis Plaza, Yohance Marshall,
Ataullah Guerra and Rundell Winchester;
Defence Force’s Curtis Gonzales, and W
Connection midfielder Joevin Jones. The
likes of Marvin Phillip, Marcus Joseph, Trevin
Caesar and Densill Theobald are all missing
due to the schedule of Pro League matches
Boucaud, coming off the English season
with Notts County, said he was focused on
the task ahead.
“It’s obviously two huge matches for us,”
Boucaud said, adding, “it’s important for us
to come together at least a week before. We
haven’t been together as a team since last
November when we played Jamaica, but I’m
pretty sure all the boys are eager to give their
best and to get everything in place for the
“We as players always live for occasions
like this. It’s going to be a mighty challenge
because Argentina is Argentina so there’s no
other incentive needed for you to be ready
for this kind of game, and then we have the
second game against Iran which is also a
quality side,” said the 29-year-old who has
15 appearances for T&T.
“I’ve had a good season. I have a couple
options with clubs that are interested in me
but right now the focus is on international
football and putting my best foot forward
for Trinidad and Tobago. All the boys are
set on that at the moment,” he added.
In related news, the TTFA and Ministry
of Tourism has advised that seats remain
available on the charter for the T&T, Argenti-
na fixture on June 4.
The Copa Airlines departs Port-of-Spain
on June 1 and returns on June 5. The package
includes a four-night stay at the Marriott
Hotel in Buenos Aires (based on double occu-
pancy, with single occupancy costing an
additional US$200 for the 4 nights), city
tours, ground transportation, category one
match ticket, supporters pack and round trip
between Port-of-Spain and Buenos Aires.
Warriors get ready for Argentina friendly
T&T captain Kenwyne Jones, second right, gives some advise during yesterday's training session at the Hasely Crawford Stadium as the
national team began preparations for the upcoming games against Argentina and Iran.
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