Centuries by Jason Mohammed and Yannic Cariah underscored Trinidad and Tobago's dominance over Canada on the second day of their three-day match at the National Cricket Centre, Balmain Couva yesterday.
Mohammed slammed 112 off 168 balls while Cariah supported with an even 100 which came off 131 balls to ensure the momentum stayed with the hosts after the loss skipper Denesh Ramdin off the third delivery of the day.
Continuing from an overnight position of 194 for three, Ramdin was bowled by fast-bowler Jeremy Gordon but T&T did not collapse like their opponents did on the opening day of the contest when they were dismissed for 135.
Instead, T&T got to 456 for seven—a lead of 321—at the tea interval yesterday before the declaration came.
By the end of the second day, T&T were in full control, with Canada 94 for four in their second innings, still 227 runs behind T&T's massive first innings effort.
Earlier Mohammed, who resumed his innings on 25, had got T&T into a solid position following the early loss of the skipper.
He and Imran Khan (18) put on 44 runs in just 38 minutes before the Alescon Comets all-rounder made room for Cariah.
When the centurions came together, T&T were already leading by 103.
The T&T pair shared a 119-run partnership for the sixth wicket as they took the score to 300 at lunch, with Mohammed 36 away from a century.
Both batsmen were aggressive, with Cariah finding the midwicket boundary regularly as the ball raced off the hard, dry outfield.
Mohammed smashed 18 fours and a six, while Cariah hit 14 boundaries as both batsmen took a liking to the leg-spinner Juniad Siddiqui as well as medium pacers Rizwan Cheema and Rayyankhan Pathan.
They pounced on anything off target and the dry and fast outfield aided in the run fest that was the feature of the first session.
The T&T innings slowed slightly after the break as Mohammed approached his century which came up off 163 balls.
Mohammed also hit the only six of the T&T innings off slow right-arm bowler Amarbir Hansra after getting to three figures as he tried to accelerate the scoring to prompt a declaration.
But his aggression was his downfall as he found Damodar Daesrath on the long-off boundary as he tried to smash Cheema over the ropes. His innings lasted close to three-and-a-half hours.
But by the time the Canadians saw his back, T&T were already in the driver's seat.
Cariah's ton was just the icing on the cake.
The left-hander, who is in the West Indies Cricket Board Sagicor High Performance Centre, made good use of the opportunity to show the selectors his worth as he stood up to pacer Gordon, pulling him through midwicket for four when the Canadians took the new ball.
Cariah shared an aggressive 85-run stand with all-rounder Rayad Emrit after lunch to put the hosts further ahead.
Emrit was the aggressor, smashing seven fours in his 38-ball 47 which took the pressure off Cariah who eventually reached triple figures after three hours in the middle with his father cheering him on from the sidelines.
Like Mohammed, Cariah departed right after notching his ton, bowled by Siddiqui on the stroke of tea.
After the break, the Canadians continued to struggle with the bat as T&T got closer to a win.
The match resumes today from 10 a.m.