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T&T oust Cobras from semis; Mumbai qualify

Kevon Cooper's late blitz propelled Trinidad and Tobago to a three-wicket win against the Nashua Cape Cobras who thus got knocked out of the Champions League T20 tournament here yesterday.


Sunil Narine (left) and Kevon Cooper of Trinidad and Tobago celebrate
their win against Cape Cobras during their Champions League T20 match
in Chennai. Pic/AFP


After restricting Cobras to 137 for four, Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) recovered from a seemingly hopeless position as Man of the Match Cooper slammed a match-winning 25 not out off just 11 balls to take his team to 138 for eight in 19.4 overs.

The turning point came when Dale Steyn, bowling the 19th over, conceded 15 runs with Cooper slamming him for a six. More importantly, Cooper remained there till the end to finish off the game in style and set off celebrations in the Caribbean dug-out.

The result ensured Mumbai Indians (5 points) a semi-final berth while it eliminated Cobras from semi-final contention as they remained on three points after suffering their second defeat in four games.

T&T moved to four points, but will have to await the result of the next game between New South Wales Blues (4) and Chennai Super Kings (2).

The Caribbean champions never got their chase on track after losing early wickets and with the Cobras bowlers keeping it tight backed by some athletic fielding, the writing was on the wall for T&T.

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