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Dilshan destroys Red Steel
It took one man from South Asia to silence 20,000 Trinis on Thursday night, as they left the Queen’s Park Oval a beaten lot seeing the Amazon Warriors advance to the finals of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League T20 series. The man doing the damage was the Sri Lankan Tillekeratne Dilshan. Flying into the Caribbean just two days ago, the right hander grabbed 2/14 off his four overs and scored a rapid 39 to lead his team to a seven-wicket victory over the Red Steel. Chasing a very inadequate 103 runs for victory, the Warriors easily raced to the target, despite the early loss of the inform Lendl Simmons.
Dilshan looked a class act and even demonstrated his invention, the ‘Dil-Scoop’ which went over his head and crashed into the boundary for six runs. He fell towards the end of the chase for 39 but his work was already done and the Red Steel was thrown out of the tournament. Dilshan faced just 29 balls hitting three fours and a six and his innings put paid to any hope the Red Steel had of defending their paltry score. Things started off badly for the Red Steel from as early as the toss. With the pitch playing two-paced batting was always going to be difficult. Kevin O’Brien started off well and played a pleasant off drive for four which brought the crowd to their feet. However, they would get a chance to warm their seat for the next nine overs and not a single boundary came in between.
O’Brien was caught and bowled by new recruit Tillekeratne Dilshan for eight and from there things went downhill. Mahela Jayawardene, from whom a lot was expected, received a delivery that stopped on him from Krishmar Santokie and popped a simple catch to mid-off. Wickets kept tumbling and all the crowd had to cheer was the new batsman coming in, with the hope that he would star for them on the night. Young Nicholas Pooran pumped one into the stands but left for 14. The best stand of the innings followed between Kevon Cooper and Dwayne Bravo. They took the score to the 100-run mark and with 16 balls remaining 130 looked good. However Cooper was caught at long off for 27 off 17 balls with two sixes and Bravo fell in the final over for 26 and that was that for the Red Steel batting.
RED STEEL VS WARRIORS
Red Steel inns
K O’Brien c & b Dilshan 8
A Barath run out 12
M Jayawardene c Sarwan
b Santokie 2
R Taylor c Barnwell b Permaul 6
DM Bravo c Franklyn b Dilshan 3
DJ Bravo c Permaul b Malinga 26
N Pooran c Ramdin b Permaul 14
K Cooper c Franklyn b Narine 27
S Benn c Permaul b Santokie 0
F Edwards b Malinga 1
S Badree not out 0
Extras w4 4
Total all out (19.3) 103
Fall of wkts: 11, 14, 25, 32, 32, 56, 101, 101, 103,
Bowling: K Santokie 4-0-20-2, T Dilshan 4-0-14-2, L Malinga 3.3-0-18-2, Narine 4-0-29-1, V Permaul 4-0-22-2.
Amazon Warriors inns
L Simmons c Benn b Edwards 8
W Perkins c Badree b Benn 18
T Dilshan c & b Cooper 39
R Sarwan not out 14
J Franklin not out 16
Extras lb2, w5, nb1 8
Total 3 wkts (16.2) 107
Fall of wkts: 14, 47, 78.
Bowling: F Edwards 3-0-25-1, S Badree 3-0-21-0, S Benn 3-0-24-1, D Bravo 4-0-17-0, K Cooper 3.2-0-18-1.
Result: Warriors won by seven wkts.
Advances to the finals.
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