Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai
Preview: Match 2 – Brisbane Heat vs Trinidad & Tobago
T&T start campaign against Brisbane Heat, eye 2009 encore
Match 2 of the Karbonn Smart CLT20 2013 will see Caribbean flavor for the first time in the tournament when Trinidad & Tobago clash with KFC Big Bash League 2012/13 winners, Brisbane Heat.
Trinidad & Tobago are making their fourth appearance in the CLT20. The side from the Caribbean will seek to emulate their performance in the inaugural season when they took the tournament by storm, but could not match up to New South Wales Blues in the Final.
Brisbane Heat, meanwhile, are making their first appearance in the CLT20 and they will seek inspiration from the performance of the Sydney Sixers, who won the previous edition of the tournament.
Sunday, September 22, 2013, 4 pm IST
JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi
Pitted man-to-man, Trinidad & Tobago perhaps have an edge over their opponents. They have several players who have done fairly well at the international level, and in Darren Bravo and Adrian Barath, they have two batsmen who are capable of destroying bowling attacks on their day. Barath, who announced himself with a blazing 63 against the Eagles in the inaugural edition of the CLT20, will look to catch the eye of the West Indies selectors yet again. Bravo has not been in great form recently, but he will see this tournament as an opportunity to get back among the runs.
The bowling attack of T&T is a daunting proposition. Run-scoring is not going to be easy against the likes of Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine – who have outstanding economy rates. Ravi Rampaul impressed in his maiden stint in the IPL, providing the Royal Challengers Bangalore with early breakthroughs consistently and he will be expected to strike early yet again. How many runs Brisbane Heat score of these overs could have a telling impact on the result of the match.
Brisbane Heat, meanwhile, is a very young team. They will look up to James Hopes and Daniel Christian – who have had a lot of success at the international level and who have the experience of playing in India – to make significant contributions with bat and ball. The others players in the Brisbane Heat squad who will be under the spotlight are opening batsman Chris Lynn, Peter Forrest, Kemar Roach and the off-spinner, Nathan Hauritz.
Trinidad & Tobago’s Samuel Badree has the best economy in Twenty20 cricket; he has played 72 T20 matches, has taken 68 wickets and has a career economy rate of 4.97.
Among bowlers who have taken 100 wickets or more, Trinidad & Tobago’s Sunil Narine has the best economy rate – 5.42.
Five players in the Brisbane Heat squad have very little or no experience of playing Twenty20 cricket. Matthew Gale, Alex Kemp and Dom Michael are yet to play a T20 match, while Cameron Gannon has played a solitary match and Chris Sabburg has played three matches.
Both teams will fly out to Mohali for their next fixtures – scheduled on 24th September, 2013. While Brisbane Heat square off against the Titans at 4 pm, Trinidad & Tobago will clash with the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the match scheduled to begin at 8 pm.