Amazing T&T face impressive Eagles in battle for semis

Unconquered Trinidad & Tobago will look to carry on their unbeaten run and seal a semifinal spot when they clash with equally impressive Diamond Eagles.

updated: October 17, 2009 11:46 IST
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Unconquered and amazing Trinidad & Tobago will look to carry on their unbeaten run and seal a semifinal spot when they clash with equally impressive Diamond Eagles in their second and last League A match of the Champions League here on Sunday.

Kieron Pollard's exploits with the bat down the order has immensely benefited the Caribbean side in the Twenty20 tournament as twice he played destructive knocks to contribute in his side's impressive run in the event.

Single handedly, Pollard snatched victory for the jaws of defeat against NSW Blues last night when he hammered a 18-ball 54.

Dwayne Bravo is on a wicket-taking spree and his military medium pace has proved be quite effective as he had already bagged 10 wickets, the highest so far in the tournament.

Apart from Pollard, skipper Daren Ganga, Denesh Ramdin, William Perkins and Darren Bravo are gradually getting into the groove and are peaking just at the right time in the cash-awash event.

On the bowling front apart from Dwayne Bravo, Sherwin Ganga, brother of skipper Darren Ganga, was brilliant against New South Wales as the off-spinner played a crucial role in steaming the run flow. .

South Africa's Eagles, on the other hand, spelt the ouster of English county Somerset on Friday and this has made the semifinal tussle in League A quite interesting.

Whoever wins the match between Eagles and Trinidad & Tobago will surely be through to the next stage and then it will be left between the losing side and NSW.

Since losing their first match against NSW, Eagles have gradually lifted their performance, winning consecutive matches this far.

Either of the openers - Rilee Rossouw and Morne van Wyk - has clicked in one or the other match and if they get along together, things can be very difficult for any rival team.

Ryan McLaren has been quite useful down the order but skipper Boeta Dippenaar is due for runs.

Cornelius de Villiers is excellent with the ball for Eagles and has provided breakthroughs at vital moments.

Teams (From):

Eagles: Boeta Dippenaar (C), Ryan Bailey, Jandre Coetzee, Cornelius de Villiers, Dillon du Preez, Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Alan Kruger, Adrian McLaren, Ryan McLaren, Victor Mpitsang, Rilee Rossouw, Thandi Tshabalala, Shadley van Schalkwyk, Morne van Wyk.

Trinidad and Tobago: Daren Ganga (C), Samuel Badree, Navin Stewart, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Denesh Ramdin, Kieron Pollard, William Perkins, Sunil Narine, Dave Mohammed, Adrian Barath, Dwayne Bravo, Rayad Emrit, Sherwin Ganga.