It was a spur of the moment decision by Trinidad and Tobago skipper Dwayne Bravo to open the bowling against Jamaica in Wednesday’s NAGICO Super50 semi-final at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.
And the rest is now history.
Bravo grabbed three wickets for ten runs from his six overs while Ravi Rampaul took two for six from five overs as Jamaica were dismissed for 49.
Rayad Emrit also contributed to the victory taking four for 19 while Sunil Narine took one for 13 off seven overs to ensure Jamaica did not find a way back.
T&T raced to 51 for three to complete an easy seven wicket win.
Speaking about the one-sided victory, Bravo said: “This is a game (result) today that none of us really expected and none of us really planed for it.
“It is something that happened spur of the moment. Normally Ravi Rampaul bowls the first over but I said today I am going to bowl the first over and I am very happy to get wickets with the new ball,” Bravo added.
The T&T coach Kelvin Williams was also surprised by the Jamaican performance but insisted that it had a lot to do with how well T&T bowled in the conditions.
“If you bowl the opposition out for 49, yes you will be surprised. I thought we actually bowled well. The wicket was conducive to seam, it was pretty hard and had grass so we were looking to capitalise on that.
“Early on we decided that if we won the toss we were going to put them in and rush them because we wanted to be aggressive and I thought we did that pretty well,” Williams added.
Bravo, who was the Man of the Match, praised his players for the win.
“When we won the toss and sent the Jamaicans in, you always want to get early wickets. We knew they had a very inexperienced batting line-up so if we get early wickets we put pressure on them in the middle overs.
“All in all it was a very good team effort and we are happy to be the first team in the final.”
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s final, Bravo said: “It don’t matter who we face. We have to play our best cricket to win the tournament.”
T&T will face the winners of yesterday’s other semi-final between Barbados and Guyana.
The Jamaican skipper, Dave Bernard blamed their poor start and the good T&T bowling for their downfall.
“We did not get a start to begin with and we batted pretty poorly, there is no two ways about it. It is just unfortunate that at the semi-final stage this happened to us. I thought we were a bit unfortunate in some instances but that is the game of cricket and we just have to live with it.
“They bowled well and put us under early pressure. Not getting a start and them bowling well was the downfall. We just have to look into it and try and do better the next time we are in a situation like this.
“I don’t think it was unplayable,” said Bernard. “There was a bit of sideways movement and varying pace and bounce. The loss of early wickets will exaggerate any situation. I think that is what caused our downfall...the loss of early wickets and then the batting came under immense pressure and then we collapsed.”