Kevon Cooper once again proved the hero for Trinidad and Tobago. The all-rounder switched gears at the right moment to pip South Africa’s Cape Cobras by two wickets in a crucial Champions League Twenty20 Group A game on Tuesday.
The Caribbean victory sealed a semi-final berth for Mumbai
Indians, who were still on tenterhooks despite being on top of the group with five points going into Tuesday's matches. The defeat of Cobras made sure there can only be one other team that can catch up with them.
Darren Bravo of Trinidad and Tobago watches as Cape Cobras bowler during their Champions League Trophy T20 cricket match at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Chasing 138 for victory on a slow pitch, T & T looked out of the game with 30 needed off 13 balls. Just then a six brought them back. The T&T fans are a motley a mixture of races and cultures. But they sit together and on Tuesday were the most vocal among those present. Before Cooper's charge, the game was meandering towards a boring end. Dale Steyn bore the brunt as, for the second successive game, he leaked runs at the death. Skipper Justin Kemp criticised him and Charl Lengeveldt. "We batted really well. But we have been bowling really badly at the death. And you can't bowl no-balls in the end (referring to Langeveldt)."
Brief scores: Trinidad and Tobago 138 for 8 (Bravo 29, Kemp, 3-22) beat Cape Cobras 137 for 4 (Shah 63*, Narine 1-19) by 2 wickets.