Brilliant Bravo drives Trinidad into Champions League final

HYDERABAD, India -- Dwayne Bravo stroked a brilliant 58 not out from just 34 balls to pilot Trinidad and Tobago into the final of the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 Tournament in Hyderabad, India on Thursday.

Playing in the second semi-final at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, the allrounder stroked the ball with great authourity as Trinidad and Tobago made 178-3 in reply to the 175-5 made by the South African side.

Bravo and captain Daren Ganga, who made a well-calculated 44, batted with great confidence and took the match away from their opponents. The experienced pair added unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 93.

Bravo’s innings included four boundaries and three sixes, while Ganga hit a four and two sixes in his equally important contribution. After achieving the victory, Bravo grabbed a stump and punched the sky as Trinidad maintained their unbeaten record in the tournament.

Trinidad and Tobago were set on their way by an excellent opening stand of 53 in five overs between Adrian Barath (29) and William Perkins (20). After this Lendl Simmons maintained the tempo with 20, to follow-up the two wickets he took earlier in the day.

Trinidad and Tobago will now play in Friday’s final against New South Wales Blues of Australia for a first prize of US$2.5 million.