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Champions League Finals

October 23, 2009

The finals are here and the results don’t lie. NSW and T & T, the two most consistent teams of the tournament have made it to the finish.

All of the players have contributed at one point or the other and this has been the standout feature of these two teams. The marquee name for the Cape Cobras,  Herschelle Gibbs flopped all tournament long and when he delivered, it was too little, too late. Ditto for Charl Langeveldt, Cameron White, Brad Hodge and many other big guns.

The previous match between NSW and T&T was at the same venue in Hyderabad and NSW were cruising to victory before Kieron Pollard sank them with his 18 ball 54. Dwayne Bravo was the only bowler from T&T that day to fetch wickets ( he got 3) while Dave Mohammed and S Ganga were economical.

The top order was dispatched early but contributions from Darren Ganga, Ramdin & Darren Bravo set it up for Pollard to finish the innings. Of the NSW bowlers, only Brett Lee and Doug Bollinger had success while everyone else leaked runs but the fielding was sharp enough to run out the three set batsmen.

Philip Hughes and David Warner had also put up the highest opening stand of the tournament in that match, 121 runs in 15.1 overs and the two have really been invaluable for NSW with their batting just like Adrian Barath and William Perkins have been for T&T.

Moises Henriques was taken apart but this is not KKR he’s playing for, it’s a team he takes much more pride in representing, I expect him to hit back with venom today.

Dwayne Bravo is the best bet for the trump player, his bowling had already been outstanding throughout the tournament and he exploded with the bat yesterday, just in time for the final.

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