New South Wales made a sensational fightback by smashing 16 runs in the final over before defeating Trinidad and Tobago via the Super Over Eliminator in a dramatic Champions League Twenty20 match on Wednesday.
Chasing a target of 140 and needing 17 runs from the last over, NSW fell one run short to tie the match and take it to the first Super Over Eliminator of the tournament.
In the Super Over Eliminator, NSW batted first and scored 18 for no loss with Moises Henriques smashing four fours and a two off Ravi Rampaul.
T&T, who looked set for a win in the normal play before losing the plot in the final over, could score 14 off Steve O’Keefe to slump to their second successive loss in the tournament.
Earlier, NSW made a steady start in their chase of 140 by reaching 67 for two after 10 overs, but lost the way suddenly before being saved by the heroics of Henriques and Pat Cummins in the final over, which in the end proved crucial in registering their first win of the tournament.
Henriques hit two fours while Cummins found a boundary as NSW struck 16 runs from the final over bowled by Rampaul to take the match to Eliminator.
For T&T, off-spinner Sherwin Ganga scalped three crucial wickets for 26 runs, while Sunil Narine chipped in with two. Rampaul and Kevon Cooper took one apiece.
NSW’s opening pair put on 48 runs with boundaries coming quite often before Shane Watson (14) was out in the seventh over.
Watson was guilty of playing cross batted off leg-spinner Sunil Narine, and the deviation took the top edge for Lendl Simmons to take an easy catch at long-on.
The other opener David Warner was out soon after with Daren Ganga disturbing his timbers as the batsman missed a pull shot against a turning ball. Warner’s 38 came from 36 balls and had six fours.
Ganga then clean-bowled Daniel Smith (11) in the 12th over as the batsman went for a cut only to see the ball turning in to be clean-bowled.
Ganga dealt another blow to NSW by removing Steven Smith (11) in the 16th over with the batsman charging down the pitch in search of a six only to offer an easy catch to Simmons at mid-off.
By that time, it looked like T&T had taken control of the match with the asking rate of NSW climbing to over 10.
Ben Rohrer (3), captain Simon Katich (23), Steve O’Keefe (3) and Mitchell Starc (1) fell in a heap in search for quick runs. Only 21 runs were added for the loss of four wickets in 13 balls as NSW slumped to 123 for eight from 102 for four.
It looked like the match had slipped out of NSW’s grasp as the two tailenders Henriques and Cummins needed 17 runs from the final over for a win but the duo scored 16 to take the match to Super Over Eliminator.
Earlier, Trinidad and Tobago posted 139 for six after electing to bat with opener Simmons top-scoring with a 39-ball 41.
Simmons put on 41 runs for the opening wicket with Adrian Barath before left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe provided the breakthrough by getting the latter bowled in the seventh over.
Barath hit three fours for his 15 runs, which came off as many balls.
Darren Bravo (6) did not last long as he was shown the door by Moises Henriques for the addition of just 13 runs.
Bowling the 12th over, Henriques dealt the Caribbean outfit another blow when he had the well-settled Simmons trapped in front with the T&T total reading 69.
NSW seemed to be at the top of their game having removed the top three in the T&T line-up, but Daren Ganga and Denesh Ramdin stabilised the innings with a 37-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Both Ganga and Ramdin however failed to make use of the starts, getting out for 21 and 19 respectively.
While Ganga struck one four and a six, Ramdin found the fence three times.
That T&T managed to reach 139 from a not so satisfactory 112 for five in the 18th over, was due to some sensible batting by Kevon Cooper and Ravi Rampaul.
While Cooper scored 12 off nine, Rampaul used willow effectively to eke out a quickfire 15 off seven with the help of two boundaries.
Henriques was the most successful of the NSW bowlers, finishing with figures of two for 27 in 4 overs, while Pat Simmons, Mitchell Starc and O’Keefe chipped in with a wicket each.