Bravo smashed four sixes and five boundaries to score 66 off 44 balls, leading the revival of the Caribbean side after an early blow dealt by Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Dale Steyn, who dismissed Lendl Simmons off the very first ball of the match. The Trinidad and Tobago opener charged down the track to hit a length ball but got an edge and Parthiv Patel did the rest.
However, the dismissal of Simmons had no impact on a confident batting line-up of the Caribbean side, as Bravo and Evin Lewis put together 49 runs for the second wicket to lead their revival. Lewis opened up against the dangerous Steyn with a boundary off the first ball of his second over, and collected another on the penultimate ball to provide his side some momentum.
Bravo, after a sluggish start, got into the groove with a six off Ishant Sharma in the fourth over and clobbered two consecutive boundaries off the Hyderabad pacer’s next over to put the home side on back foot.
Lewis and Bravo looked confident in the middle, mercilessly thrashing any ball that was pitched up. But a change in length worked for Ishant in the sixth over, who bowled a short delivery and it seemed that Lewis was taken by surprise with the change. The T&T batsman failed to read the ball properly and the Hyderabad wicketkeeper Parthiv took an easy catch.
Bravo carried on — collecting runs easily on both sides of the wicket. The left-handed West Indies batsman swatted two towering sixes off Amit Mishra in the 12th over of the game and completed his half-century off 37 balls.
Bravo’s innings came to an end in the 14th over of the game, when Ishant had him caught by skipper Shikhar Dhawan at covers.
At the other end, Jason Mohammed, didn’t quite open up during his stay at the crease and was cleaned up by compatriot Darren Sammy for 19 off 27 balls in the next over as Sunrisers seized control.
The West Indies captain in limited-overs format continued the good work when he had the young Nicolas Pooran caught behind the wickets for six.
Towards the end, captain Denesh Ramdin and Navin Stewart, combined with some substandard fielding from the IPL side, added crucial runs to take the total past 150 runs.
For the Sunrisers, Sammy was the most impressive among the bowlers claiming two wickets for 21 runs off his four overs, while Ishant and Thisara Perera also claimed two wickets each. Steyn, who started off on a successful note, ended up leaking 41 runs in his quota of four overs.
Trinidad and Tobago 160 for 8 in 20 overs (Darren Bravo 66, Evin Lewis 22, Denesh Ramdin 21; Darren Sammy 2 for 21, Ishant Sharma 2 for 36) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad.