Despite missing out on a place in the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) final, Trinidad and Tobago coach David Williams commended his players for the fight they displayed in their semi-final loss to Mumbai Indians in Delhi, India, yesterday.
T&T had to grapple with the loss of key bowler Rayad Emrit as they tried to defend 153, and Williams said the players did well to make the match interesting.
“We lost one of our key bowlers and that really put us under a lot of pressure because we know after Ravi (Rampaul) bowls his two, Rayad comes in there and does the job for us. We lost Rayad at a very crucial time and the pressure was on us and we knew we were behind the eight ball.
“We knew it would be difficult but the boys fought to the end. To take the match to the last over and to come back from the position they were in to have a chance to win was a tremendous effort by the guys. All in all we are happy with the way the guys went out there and performed and we could not really ask for more.”
Williams said another 10 to 15 runs could have made a difference in the result.
“I did not think we finished well in terms of our batting. I thought we could have probably finished a little bit stronger, and if we got to the 160 to 165-run mark it probably might have made the difference in the end.
“In general, the team performed pretty well but individually some of the players did not really achieve the goals they would set for themselves. But from a team perspective I think everybody will be happy with the way things have gone,” said Williams.
The coach praised opener Evin Lewis for his consistency.
“Evin has been a revelation. The way he batted throughout the tournament and his consistency was really tremendous.”
Lewis scored 211 runs with two half-centuries and was third on the list of top batsmen in the tournament after yesterday’s semi-final.
“He is the one that kept the batting alive and the games alive. We always knew that he had talent but to display it on this stage is really a great achievement for him. It was great to see him so consistent.”
T&T vs Mumbai Indians
L Simmons c Smith b Harbhajan Singh 0
E Lewis c & b Pollard 62
DM Bravo st wk Karthik b Ojha 14
Y Ottley not out 41
D Ramdin b Johnson 9
N Pooran c Rayudu b Coulter-Nile 15
N Stewartnot out 2
Extras (lb 5, w 5) 10
TOTAL (5 wickets; 20 overs) 153
Did not bat: Narine, Emrit, Badree, Rampaul
Wickets at: 13 (Simmons), 61 (Bravo), 93 (Lewis), 111 (Ramdin), 148 (Pooran)
BOWLING: Johnson 3-0-31-1 (2w); Singh 4-0-35-1; Dhawan 3-0-30-0 (1w); Coulter-Nile 4-0-20-1 (1w); Pollard 3-0-16-1 (1w); Ojha 3-0-16-1
Mumbai Indians Innings (target: 154 runs from 20 overs)
D Smith b Narine 59
S Tendulkar c wk Ramdin b Simmons 35
A Rayudu c wk Ramdin b Narine 0
R Sharma b Narine 25
D Karthik not out 33
K Pollard not out 2
Extras (lb 1, w 1, nb 1) 3
TOTAL (4 wickets; 19.1 overs) 157
Did not bat: Johnson, Coulter-Nile, Harbhajan Singh, Dhawan, Ojha
Wickets at: 90 (Tendulkar), 91 (Rayudu), 96 (Smith), 138 (Sharma)
BOWLING: Badree 4-0-25-0; Rampaul 4-0-29-0; Ottley 3-0-38-0; Narine 4-0-17-3 (1nb); Simmons 2.1-0-27-1 (1w); Stewart 2-0-20-0
Toss: Won by Mumbai Indians who elected to bowl first
Result: Mumbai Indians won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
Player of the match: Dwayne Smith (Mumbai Indians)
Umpires: H Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and R Tucker (Australia)
TV umpire: C Shamsuddin
Match referee: R Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire: K Srinath