BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Reigning champions Trinidad & Tobago marched into the semi-finals of the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament after steady fast-medium bowling from Ravi Rampaul and Dwayne Bravo helped them clinch an eight-wicket victory over Canada under the Duckworth-Lewis Method on Thursday.
Rampaul grabbed four wickets for 26 runs from his allotted four overs and Bravo claimed three for 20 from his four overs, as Canada, choosing to bat, were dismissed for 99 in the rain-affected Grou -A match at Kensington Oval.
Darren Bravo, not out 42, and Denesh Ramdin, not out 30, then marched T&T to victory with 17 balls remaining, after the Red Fury were set a revised target of 91 from 18 overs, following an hour and 10 minute stoppage for the weather.
The West Indies pair added 59 — unbroken — for the third wicket before Bravo formalised the result, when he drove off-spinner Junaid Siddiqui to mid-off for a single.
T&T stumbled to 32 for two in the seventh over, losing openers Lendl Simmons and Adrian Barath cheaply.
Simmons made five before he miscued a hook and was caught at backward point of Henry Osinde in the third over.
Barath became the first batsman to have been dismissed under the new obstructing the field rule, when he appeared to have crossed the path of a throw from wicketkeeper Hamza Tariq to the bowler's end going for a single.
CANADA (20 overs maximum)
H Patel run out 32
R Gunasekara c Badree b DJ Bravo 23
Z Surkari b DJ Bravo 2
Raza-ur-Rehman c Pollard b Cooper 5
*J Hansra c Pollard b DJ Bravo 2
Rizwan Cheema c Cooper b Rampaul 6
N Kumar c DJ Bravo b Rampaul 2
+Hamza Tariq c wkpr Ramdin b Rampaul 0
Junaid Siddiqui not out 8
H Osinde c wkpr Ramdin b Rampaul 0
M Aulakh not out 4
Extras (lb7, w8) 15
TOTAL (9 wkts, 20 overs) 99
Fall of wickets: 1-43, 2-54, 3-68, 4-72, 5-72, 6-76, 7-76, 8-81, 9-81
Bowling: Badree 4-0-20-0, Rampaul 4-0-26-4, Narine 4-0-6-0, D.J. Bravo 4-0-20-3, Cooper 3-0-12-1, Simmons 1-0-8-0
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (target: 91 off 18 overs)
L Simmons c Kumar b Osinde 5
A Barath obstructing the field 5
DM Bravo not out 42
+D Ramdin not out 30
Extras (lb4, w5) 9
TOTAL (2 wkts, 15.1 overs) 91
K Pollard, DJ Bravo, K Cooper, J Mohammed, R Rampaul, S Narine, S Badree did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-32
Bowling: Osinde 4-0-15-1, Junaid Siddiqui 3.1-0-20-0, Rizwan Cheema 4-0-13-0, Aulakh 3-0-25-0, Raza-ur-Rehman 1-0-14-0
Result: T&T won by eight wickets (D/L Method)
Points: T&T 4, Canada 0
Man-of-the-Match: DJ Bravo (T&T)
Umpires: G Brathwaite, C Mack
TV Umpire: N Duguid
Match Referee: A Griffith
Reserve Umpire: J Blades