Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai
Preview: Match 7 - Trinidad & Tobago vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Top bowling sides promise mouth-watering contest
Match 7 of the Karbonn Smart CLT20 2013 – featuring the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Trinidad & Tobago – promises to be a mouth-watering contest between two top-notch bowling sides.
The Sunrisers are in the CLT20 2013 after finishing among the top two teams in the Qualifiers that preceded the event. They defeated the Kandurata Maroons and the Faisalabad Wolves by convincing margins to ensure their progression to the main draw of CLT20 2013. But a defeat at the hands of the Otago Volts in the final match of the Qualifiers has somewhat derailed their momentum.
Trinidad & Tobago weren’t too convincing in the first half of their season opening clash against the Brisbane Heat. The deficiency of their batsmen was covered up by the bowlers, who gallantly defended 135 runs. In a format that is batsmen-friendly, the T&T batsmen will need to step up to the challenge, knowing the bowlers cannot win matches regularly.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 8 pm IST
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
The batting line-up of both sides might not be the best in the world, but the bowling attacks of both teams can certainly give even the best batting line-ups in the world a run for the money – most definitely in the Twenty20 format. Among the seamers, Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma (in the Sunrisers line-up) & Ravi Rampaul (in the T&T line-up) will most definitely relish the pitch at Mohali. Among the slower bowlers, Amit Mishra will have fond memories of the venue; after being under-bowled in the opening match of the Qualifiers, the leg-spinner performed exceedingly well in the two matches against Faisalabad Wolves and Otago Volts. The green track might also aid Karan Sharma’s style of bowling; the leg-spinner bowls fastish leg-breaks, and his deliveries will tend to skid through the surface at Mohali. In the T&T squad, look out for the two champion spinners – Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine – who have stunning economy rates in the T20 format. While the former was effective bowling upfront in the innings against Brisbane Heat, the latter tightened the noose at the fag end of the innings.
Among the batsmen, the Sunrisers perhaps have an edge, given the prolific form their skipper has been in. Shikhar Dhawan has been on batting on a different plane since slamming the fastest debut century in Test cricket history. The presence of JP Duminy and Cameron White lends a lot of solidity to the Sunrisers middle order. T&T will need runs from Darren Bravo and skipper Denesh Ramdin.
Trinidad & Tobago have an impressive record when playing against Indian teams. They’ve won two of the three matches they’ve played against IPL teams. They defeated the Deccan Chargers in the inaugural edition of the CLT20. In 2011, they lost to Mumbai Indians by one wicket (MI got past the line of the very last ball of the innings) but defeated the Chennai Super Kings subsequently.
The Trinidad & Tobago skipper Denesh Ramdin has an impressive record as captain; in the 20 T20 matches he has been captain, his team has gone on to win on 14 occasions, ended up on the wrong side of the result on four occasions, while two other matches ended without a result.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad will next be seen in Ranchi on September 26 when they square off against the Chennai Super Kings. The T&T boys meanwhile will enjoy a few days break before their next fixture against the Titans (at Ahmedabad) on September 30.