Evin Lewis (70) and Darren Bravo (63) hit blistering half centuries as Trinidad and Tobago registered a six-run win over Titans via D/L method in a rain-hit match to place themselves in strong contention for a semifinal berth in Champions League Twenty20 on Monday.
Sent in to bat,T&T posted a challenging 188 for six,riding on a 109-run partnership between opener Lewis and Bravo for the second wicket at the Sardar Patel Stadium. The Caribbean side then returned to restrict Titans to 153 for six in 17 overs,when heavy rain stopped play and the match was called off.
Calculated with the Duckworth-Lewis method,the par score was 159 and since Titans were behind at that point,T&T were adjudged the winners by six runs.
With this victory,T&T kept their hopes of a semifinal berth alive,with eight points from three matches,behind Chennai Super Kings (12) — their opponents in their last group match on October 2 in Delhi.
Lewis blasted seven fours and five sixes in his 35-ball 70,while Bravo hit five boundaries and four sixes in his 44-ball stay to lay the foundation of a big score for T&T.
Chasing 189,openers Henry Davids (42) and Jacques Rudolph (31) gave Titans a flying start,scoring 65 in 6.5 overs before the former was dismissed by Rayad Emrit. Heino Kuhn was sent packing by Samuel Badree in the 10th over. Lendl Simmons then struck twice in the next over,dismissing Rudolph and Roelof van der Merwe (4) as Titans slipped to 88 for four in 10.4 overs.
AB de Villiers (23) and Farhaan Behardien (29) then added 49 for the fifth wicket in 29 balls to resurrect the innings to an extent.
But Sunil Narines twin strike — Behardien and David Wiese (0) — in the 16th over left the Titans at 137/6. De Villiers and Mangaliso Mosehle (11) then added 16 runs when heavens opened up and the match was called off.
Brief scores: T&T 188/6 in 20 overs (E Lewis 70,D Bravo 63; M de Lange 3/38) bt Titans 153/6 in 17 overs (H Davids 42,J Rudolph 31; L Simmons 2/18,S Narine 2/23)
without a ball bowled
Sunrisers Hyderabad crashed out after their last Group B match against Brisbane Heat was called off due to wet ground conditions. The match was called off without a ball being bowled as heavy rains in the evening rendered the ground unplayable. Rain lashed down towards the end of the Titans-T&T game,creating huge puddles.
The umpires waited for an hour into what should have been the second game,calling off the match after their first inspection at 9 pm.