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Top Performer of Final - Coca-Cola Cup

Corey Dalanelo Collymore

Born:21 December 1977, Barbados
Major Teams:Barbados, West Indies
Known As:Corey Collymore
Batting Style:Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style:Right Arm Fast Medium
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Coca-Cola Cup
India v West Indies
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Corey Dalanelo Collymore is one player who can walk with his head held high, bowling West Indies to a most memorable win against India on Saturday at the Harare Sports Club in the final of the triangular series for the Coca Cola Cup. Collymore was named Man of the Match for his brilliant exploits with the ball that earned him the figures of 10-1-49-1.

Collymore, the 23-year-old fast bowler from Barbados had to fill in for the injured Cameron Cuffy. India was chasing a target of 291 runs to be made in 50 overs to win the Coca Cola Cup. On Wednesday at the same venue Sachin Tendulkar had the Windies bowlers running for cover making a brilliant unbeaten century and in the process adding 133 runs for the first wicket with Sourav Ganguly.

Collymore had other ideas as Tendulkar and Ganguly went out to chase the imposing target. With the third ball of his second over he tasted his first success; Tendulkar tried to hit him out of the ground without getting in position for the pull stroke and ballooned an easy catch to Ganga at mid-wicket. Tendulkar was gone for a duck and India were 9/1 after 2.3 overs.

The third ball of over number nine saw Collymore trapping Ganguly plumb in front of the wicket with a full-length delivery. If two strikes were not good enough, Collymore delivered the knockout punch in the 13th over. VVS Laxman (18) got carried away with his attacking style and pulled one straight to substitute fielder Leon Garrick. Collymore had torn apart the Indian top order with a first spell that read 7-1-27-3.

Reetinder Singh Sodhi (67) and Sameer Dighe added 101 runs for the sixth wicket in 21.4 overs and threatened to overrun the Windies attack that had just three specialist bowlers. Collymore was brought back for his second spell and he delivered the final blow by removing the dangerman Sodhi, caught by Dillon at long on in the 40th over. Though India put up a brave fight through Dighe (94*), West Indies won the final by 16 runs. Collymore took the honours of being the Top Performer.

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