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Preview: Qualifier 4 – Trinidad & Tobago v Yorkshire
Caribbean champions take on confident Yorkshire
Caribbean T20 winners Trinidad & Tobago take on Yorkshire in the fourth match of the Karbonn Champions League Twenty20 2012 Qualifiers.
Yorkshire won their opening fixture against Uva Next, and a win in this match will seal their berth in the main event. Their opponents Trinidad & Tobago on the other hand will be hoping to lay the foundation for their third appearance in the main event.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 5:30 p.m. (9:00 p.m. IST)
Centurion Park, Centurion
Despite this being a batsman-friendly format, one individual has done exceedingly well with the ball – so much so that he boasts the best economy rate among bowlers the world over. Samuel Badree, the Trinidad & Tobago leg-spinner, whose economy rate in the format is an incredible 4.69, was an integral part of the West Indies team that won the 2012 ICC World T20. He will continue to play that role in South Africa too. His teammate Ravi Rampaul, who is deceptively quick, will thrive in the bouncy conditions he is likely to encounter in the Rainbow Nation.
On the batting front, keep an eye on the diminutive Adrian Barath, who announced himself with an impressive showing in CLT20 2009.
Yorkshire will look up to their overseas player – Phil Jaques – to do the bulk of the damage with the bat. The batsman appeared to be in fine touch in the opening game against Uva Next, and was complemented by Adil Rashid in the middle overs. Expect the duo to come to the party yet again.
This match will be the first time these two teams will be meeting in a Twenty20 match.
Trinidad and Tobago are unbeaten in their last five Twenty20 matches.
Samuel Badree has the best economy rate in Twenty20 cricket – 4.69.
Trinidad and Tobago will play their second and final fixture in the qualifying stage against Uva Next on October 11, while Yorkshire will either qualify or will have to await other results to see if they qualify to the next stage.