As batsmen, Darren Bravo and Thisara Perera are as different as chalk is from cheese. Bravo is the consummate timer of the cricket ball, all easy grace, while Perera is the ultimate destroyer, giving it a mighty thwack with little disregard for such niceties as timing or elegance. The two left-hand batsmen made contrasting half-centuries at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Tuesday (September 24) night as the Champions League Twenty20 sprang into life. Their thunder, though, almost was stolen by Sunil Narine, the offspinner with magic in his fingers who single-handedly threatened to turn this contest Trinidad & Tobago's way before Perera salvaged a thrilling four-wicket victory for Sunrisers Hyderabad with three balls to spare. (Match highlights)
Bravo's classy 66 had been the bedrock on which T&T, put in by Shikhar Dhawan, had built their challenging total of 160 for 8. It was a slightly misleading total because there was a liberal amount of dew the side bowling second had to contend with. T&T also had to contend with Perera's firepower, the essential difference between the two teams as Hyderabad finished on 164 for 6. (Pics)
It wasn't a one-man show for Hyderabad by any stretch of the imagination. There were valuable contributions from Parthiv Patel, who was dropped on nought and struck on the cheek by a Rayad Emrit bouncer, Dhawan, JP Duminy, Darren Sammy and in the end, Karan Sharma, but no one made the kind of impact Perera did.