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Anand Subramaniam in Ranchi

A difficult loss to gulp down: Burns

Brisbane Heat opener blames lack of batting adaptability for defeat against T&T

The Brisbane Heat would have backed themselves to win their tournament opener against Trinidad & Tobago, when they restricted the Caribbean T20 outfit to 135 in 20 overs. The Heat bowlers had done their job. Alister McDedrmott was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets (though expensive) and was nicely backed up by economical bowling performances from Nathan Harutiz, Ben Cutting and Dan Christian.

The Heat’s run-chase was slow to begin with, scoring just at a run-rate of close to five with two wickets down at the end of 10 overs. Heat opener Joe Burns was holding fort at one end and trying to get their innings going on a track that got tougher to bat on as the day progressed. At the end of the day, Burns made a fighting 45, which was not enough to get the Heat over the line as they went down by 25 runs.

“Obviously, we are very disappointed at the moment. It is a tough loss to gulp down,” said Burns, as he spoke to clt20.com after the game.
Burns also felt that the conditions got a bit tougher to the bat on in the second innings. “It was difficult to bat on this wicket. The wicket under the lights just juiced up a bit; it started to seam and swing and skid a bit more. We could not really adjust as best as we could. It is an area we have got to improve for the rest of the tournament and we have to improve quickly, because we have to win the rest of the games.”

Credit goes to the T&T bowlers for putting a lid on the Heat’s scoring. Ravi Rampaul was at his lethal best, picking up four wickets and was well supported by pacer Rayad Emrit. Meanwhile, Sunil Narine kept the batsmen under check with his artistry and picking up two scalps. Burns lauded the effort of the T&T bowlers. “Trinidad & Tobago bowled well early in the innings. We tried to score quickly, but they contained us and bowled good areas. They bowled according to the conditions. Full credit to them, their plans came off and they won the game.”

The Heat now have three games to go and need to pull up their socks in a tournament where there is no time to adapt. “Our batsmen did not adjust to the conditions under lights and it is an area that we need to improve for the next game. We have to improve soon if we have to win the rest of the games now. There is no more chance to make errors. We will go back and improve for the rest of the tournament,” Burns said.

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