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Preview: Qualifier 5 – Trinidad & Tobago v Uva Next
Battle of the eliminated champions
Caribbean T20 winners Trinidad & Tobago take on SLPL T20 winners Uva Next in match five of the Karbonn Champions League Twenty20 2012 Qualifiers.
Both teams will be playing for nothing but pride since they were eliminated from the race for progressing to the main event after they lost their respective games to Yorkshire. However, expect a contest because both teams have some exciting players in their ranks.
Thursday, October 11, 2012, 1:30 p.m. (5:00 p.m. IST)
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
In a format where batsmen consider bowlers non-entities, two bowlers have been impressive consistently; keep an eye on Trinidad & Tobago’s unorthodox leg-spinner Samuel Badree and the medium-pacer Ravi Rampaul. Both bowlers were outstanding in the ICC World T20 recently and were impressive in the match against Yorkshire. Expect them to deliver the goods yet again.
Adrian Barath failed to score in the match against Yorkshire, but the youngster has a lot of potential. In conditions where the bounce is consistent and batsmen can play their shots, one hopes Barath can pull out a special performance (like he did in his maiden appearance in the CLT20) and help his team’s cause.
In the Uva Next line-up, Dilshan Munaweera and Umar Gul should be the standout performers in the batting and bowling disciplines respectively. The 23-year-old Munaweera starred with both bat and ball in the match against Yorkshire, and similar performances will do his fast-growing reputation no harm. Umar Gul had a mixed outing against Yorkshire, and he will be hoping to make amends for that with a good showing in this game.
The team is also rich in terms of experience and that could come in handy in handling tricky situations one is likely to encounter in Twenty20 cricket. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Dilhara Fernando, Jacob Oram, Andrew McDonald and skipper Thilina Kandamby have all been around for long, and their experience could serve their team well in tricky situations.
This match will be the first time these two teams will be meeting in a Twenty20 game.
The New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg predominantly favours teams chasing; teams batting second have won 33 matches, while teams setting targets have won only 18 matches.
This is the last match for teams in Qualifying Pool 1. Both Trinidad & Tobago and Uva Next will pack their kits and head back home with the hope of returning to the CLT20 next year.