IPL: Indian Premier League 2009

Pollard delivers President’s Cup for T&T


pollardKieron Pollard carried on his brilliant Champions League form with a Man-of-the-Match performance that carried Trinidad & Tobago to an 81-run win over Guyana in the President’s Cup final. Darren Bravo’s 76 and Pollard’s 57 set up an imposing 286 for 6 before Pollard grabbed three wickets in Guyana’s chase.

For a while it looked like Ramnaresh Sarwan (59) might be the saviour for Guyana and he combined with Travis Dowlin (41) for an 89-run second-wicket stand. But the loss of Dowlin, caught at long-off, sparked a flurry of action as Trinidad picked up seven wickets for 37 runs, including all three of Pollard’s strikes.

Pollard snared Narsingh Deonarine, caught behind for 2, and then picked up the key wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who was caught at extra cover for a duck. The addition of Chris Barnwell, who skied Pollard to Lendl Simmons at long-on, completed an excellent all-round match for Pollard and he finished with 3 for 37.

The collapse left the hosts at 129 for 8 and only a late 46 from Royston Crandon helped them gain any respectability. Their problems had started during the Trinidad innings, which was fluently anchored by the No.3 Darren Bravo, whose 76 came from 106 deliveries.

Bravo combined in key stands with Simmons, Daren Ganga and Pollard, all of whom made valuable contributions as the Guyana bowlers battled to restrict the runs. Ganga’s 46 was followed by Pollard’s powerful 57 from 50 balls, and he had late support from Denesh Ramdin with an unbeaten 44.

The victory confirmed Trinidad & Tobago as the team to beat in West Indies’ domestic limited-overs competitions. They impressed by reaching the final of the recent Champions League Twenty20 in India, where they were beaten in the decider by New South Wales.
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