Brisbane Heat v Trinidad & Tobago, CLT20, Ranchi September 22, 2013

Spirited T&T bowlers defend middling total


Trinidad & Tobago 135 for 9 (Ramdin 48, McDermott 4-37) beat Brisbane Heat 110 (Burns 45, Rampaul 4-14) by 25 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A fearsome attack led by Ravi Rampaul set Trinidad & Tobago's Champions League campaign off on a triumphant note, as they comfortably defended 135 for 9, against Brisbane Heat in Ranchi. An intense Rampaul was both economical and penetrative throughout his spells in the innings, and although Heat may have been pleased to chase so few, they were rarely granted more than a brief glimpse of victory during the chase. Rampaul finished with four wickets for 14 from 3.4 overs, with Sunil Narine, Rayad Emrit and Samuel Badree also contributing fine spells.

Denesh Ramdin played something of a lone hand to give his attack a reasonable target to defend, as he hit 48 from 38 after Heat had sent T&T in to bat. No other batsman breached 20 for T&T, as Heat's quick bowlers enjoyed the bounce in the Ranchi strip, as well as the slight movement early on.

Rampaul found swing early on, but it was his impeccable line that set the tone for T&T's bowling effort. Often pitching short of length, Rampaul cramped the Heat's openers for space, and soon dismissed captain James Hopes, who played on coming forward in the third over.

Rampaul's first spell lasted only two overs, but the rest of the bowlers matched his discipline. Heat had only lost one wicket at the end of the Powerplay, but could not manage a run rate better than 3.66. Subsequent attempts to reel in the required run rate were often short-lived, and retarded by dismissals. Only Joe Burns had the measure of the attack, but even he could not achieve a laudable strike rate. When Rampaul returned in the 16th over to break Burns' leg stump, the batsman had hit 45 from 43.

Ben Cutting's 17 from 10 only hinted at a revival for Heat and his run out, at the end of the 18th over, secured the match for T&T. Rampaul's last over yielded the two final wickets, as Heat were dismissed for 110 with eight balls still remaining.

Seventeen balls into T&T's innings, openers Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis had promised a profitable first stand, but their confident blows to the square fence soon gave way to tame batting errors, and No. 5 batsman Ramdin was at the crease sooner than he would have liked - after 4.4 overs. A four off an inside edge got Ramdin under way, but he found the middle of the bat almost immediately, as he guided a wide delivery from Kemar Roach over the slips for four.

Ramdin's progress steadied after those boundaries, as he rebuilt the innings from 38 for 3. He ventured an advancing six off Nathan Hauritz in the ninth over but, as wickets continued to tumble at the other end, Ramdin was content to deal in singles and twos. Jason Mohammed and Sherwin Ganga departed off consecutive deliveries, and 17-year-old Nicolas Pooran managed only 8 off 16 balls in his Champions League debut.

At 83 for 6 after 14 overs, Ramdin's hopes of setting a total close to 150 had grown slim, but he slogged a four and a six off Cutting in the next over to help inject some urgency into a stagnating innings. Ramdin was out not long after, but Samuel Badree, coming in at No. 10, engaged a previous avatar as a batsman and took T&T beyond 130 by striking two straight sixes in the 16-run final over.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Cricinfouser on September 27, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    class display by t and t. by the way, how can i play fantasy cricket in clt20?

  • Anne on September 23, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Sorry, forgot to say that as from next year the team representing the Caribbean will be the winner of the Caribbean Premier League (CPLT20) and therefore will have 'other' international players as well as players from other West Indian islands in the team, as this is the last time that T&T (or any of the other Caribbean islands) will be playing together as a country in T20 tournaments in the West Indies. The name of the team from the Caribbean will be one of Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Barbados Tridents, Jamaica Tallawahs etc..

  • Anne on September 23, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Well done T&T! Bringing pride to people around the world of Caribbean origin. Have to say I agree with Wellrounded 87 about players playing for their national team over playing for their IPL franchise as this would strengthen teams playing against the mighty IPL teams. As mentioned aleady Joshfromjamrock means that T&T only has players from T&T and not 'other' international players helping them out such as Brisbane Heat (Kemar Roache) and the aforementioned IPL franchises. Can I just check with Rising_Edge 1234 who Ravi Rotipaul is? Doesn't need to tweek the diet if he can take 4 wickets in 4 overs!

  • Lachlan on September 23, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    @maitland, have you followed the previous Champions League tournaments? Given that an Australian team (the Sydney Sixers) took out the previous edition and the NSW Blues had previously won the tournament suggests that Australia's T20 competition is actually pretty strong.

    And, @wellrounded87, Pommers made himself unavailable due to family reasons not playing for another team. I agree that it'd be nice to see more players play for their 'home' side, although IPL contracts seem to pretty well tie them to an Indian side.

  • daren on September 23, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    @ JoshFromJamRock .. Sir u mean to say Narine, Badree, Rampaul, Ramdin , Simmons and Bravo are not International Players... I believe all the above players played for West Indies.. Or ur don't think West Indies is an International team?

  • Dummy4 on September 23, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    What that guy meant is T&T only have local players. All other teams have players from throughout their countries, T&T is only limited to players in T&T. Meaning no Jamaica, Barbados, etc players can play for them. And as well as having picks from the entire country, many other teams have foreign picks.

  • Ash on September 23, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Being the only team not to have any international players in their squad, T&T have done quite well. You must be joking JoshFromJamRock ..aren't you?? I am sure you're following international cricket. Ramdin, rampaul, Badree, Narine, Simmons and Bravo did played internationals if I am not wrong. Having said that T&T is indeed a good side without Bravo and Pollard and they were, are and will be a good side to watch.

  • kevin on September 23, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    I really do think the Australian 20/20 league is one of the weakest, so I expect most of their teams to get found out here.

  • David on September 23, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    @ JoshFromJamRock. I'm quite sure that Simmons, Bravo, Ramdin, Rampaul, Narine, and Badree would not be in the least bit impressed with you claiming that they are not "International" players! In fact they might be quite offended!

    T&T are no different from many other teams that are not IPL teams.

  • ehsan on September 23, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    poor selection from T & T almost cost them the game, why Adrian Barath was not in the team

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