Sunrisers Hyderabad v Trinidad & Tobago, CLT20, Mohali September 23, 2013

T&T look to spoil Sunrisers' CLT20 debut

The Preview by Rohan Sharma
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Match facts

September 24, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

Sunrisers Hyderabad make their Champions League debut on the back of some impressive performances during the qualification stage of the tournament. Led admirably by Shikhar Dhawan, they have shown to be deserving candidates for promotion with an emphatic eight-wicket win over Kandurata Maroons, and an equally convincing seven-wicket victory over Faisalabad Wolves to confirm their participation in the Champions League.

Boasting some of the best T20 bowlers in the world, Trinidad & Tobago will be a significant challenge. They completed a 25-run win over the Brisbane Heat in the second match of the group stage, with Ravi Rampaul helping them defend 135 with 4 for 14. Their attack is well-balanced, with Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree and Rayad Emrit also capable of running through a line-up. Their batting may not be as strong as it could be, with the unavailability of Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, but they still feature some fine internationals in Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin.

This could very well be a battle between two strong bowling attacks, so expect some middling scores in this contest. Dhawan has been in imperious form, but if he were to be nipped out early, it would be interesting to see how Sunrisers counteract. While their middle order was tested somewhat by Otago in their previous match, with JP Duminy stepping up with 57, there are still some questions to be answered in how well they can respond in a crisis. They will continue to rely on the big hitters - Cameron White, Darren Sammy and Thisara Perera - to help them out under such circumstances.

T&T had a successful inaugural edition of the CLT20, making it to the final before losing to New South Wales. Since then, however, they have suffered a forgettable record, having failed to make the cut in 2010 and 2011, and not progressing out of the group stage in 2012. They will hope to begin correcting this with this first encounter against Hyderabad.

Players to watch

Having enjoyed a thus far fabulous 2013, Shikhar Dhawan is the big wicket for T&T. He is the third-highest run-scorer of the tournament so far with 142 runs, and his two fifties during the qualification stage went a long way in securing Sunrisers' progression. He has looked equally comfortable against pace and spin, on the front and back foot. It will be interesting to see what tactics are drawn up by the opposition, who will need to find a way to get past him in order to expose an under-utilised Sunrisers middle order.

With 47 wickets in the previous two IPL tournaments, Sunil Narine poses a significant threat. His record against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2013 was rather mixed. He was ineffective in the home match against them, with figures of 1 for 31 in his four overs. In their next match, however, he produced a miserly spell of four overs for just 11 runs. With a solitary wicket in eight overs against them, Hyderabad will hope for their luck to continue.

Quotes

"The confidence is still high. This was a match where we wanted to try things and analyse what went wrong and what went right."
Hyderabad captain Shikhar Dhawan believes his side will bounce back strongly after their loss to Otago Volts

"[Narine] is one of the best spinners in the world and he showed it tonight. It was an eye opener for our lads who hadn't seen him before."
James Hopes, the Brisbane Heat captain, whose team suffered at the hands of Trinidad & Tobago's bowlers

Rohan Sharma is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sweetiepaper on September 23, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    I wouldn't mind seeing Barath, but both Mohammed and Ganga can give you a couple overs. TT played the last game with the extra bat and a bowler short. It would have been interesting to see who would have bowled the last over if needed (Great captaincy by Ramdin to use his big bowlers earlier and not hold back for the last over) The team's only disadvantage is a genuine #7 allrounder who can give you the big hits. So its either the extra bat or the extra bowler. Based on the opposition and wicket, that position could either see Ganga or Navin Stewart filling that role. We have 4 batsmen (Simmonds, Lewis, Bravo, Ramdin) and 4 bowlers (Rampaul, Badree, Narine, Emrit). The other batting position being battled by Barath, Mohammed & Pooran. And the other must an allrounder. With the choice between Ganga, Ottley & Navin Stewart. Depending on the wicket and opposition you can go with 2 batsmen and 1 allrounder or 2 allrounders and 1 batsman. Gabriel is in case 1 of the fast bowlers fails.

  • sreehk on September 23, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    It is high time SRH starts innovating as they have minimal options. SRH bowling attack should get back to their habit of limiting sides to paltry scores. On most occasions they restricted IPL sides under 140. Otherwise their 2 or 3 man batting attack will not be able to sustain higher scoring rates and hence totals. White should definitely not play this game as he will be up against two good leg spinners. There is nothing much for choosing and chopping. Duminy, Sammy, Perera, Steyn form their 4 away players. Rest of the side picks itself. T&T is no doubt an exciting side and will always be great to watch the colorful characters. The prediction: Both the teams will fail to chase score above 140 in this game. Any takers?

  • on September 24, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    @BRUTALANALYST : What do you think of another new kid on the block: Pooran, just 17, even younger than our schoolboy Beaton?

  • on September 24, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Doubts! Doubts!! & Doubts!!!

    1) Any idea as to what is happening to Steyn's bowling? 2) Any idea as to what is happening to Karan's non-bowling? 3) Any idea as to what is happening to Dhawan's Captaincy? 4) Any idea as what Laxman & Srikkant doing?

  • on September 24, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Ishant sharma shouldn't try too much extra,just he has to bowl wicket to wicket and try to contain the batsmen.

  • on September 24, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Sunrisers Hyderabad will surely win this match if both their opening bowlers take early wickets and give 45 to 50 runs in their quota of 8 overs. Hyderabad batting is very good down the order up to Amit Mishra.

  • BustIPL on September 24, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    An India vs WI game in the home ground normally goes india's way. Lets see this time.

  • unlocker on September 24, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    What about today rain news in mohali ? Samething is happend like Ahmabad yesterday ? Who will today its does,t matter but today some cricket will show or not it's main important

  • dave888 on September 24, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    The Rains are going to spoil the tournament . and dont understand the reason for keeping both the matches in the same stadium . its sad for cricket lovers that rains are going to be a big problem . yet have my fingers crossed !!

  • on September 24, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    ITS Raining very Hard in Mohali .. i Doubt whether these matchs will happen ..

  • sweetiepaper on September 23, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    I wouldn't mind seeing Barath, but both Mohammed and Ganga can give you a couple overs. TT played the last game with the extra bat and a bowler short. It would have been interesting to see who would have bowled the last over if needed (Great captaincy by Ramdin to use his big bowlers earlier and not hold back for the last over) The team's only disadvantage is a genuine #7 allrounder who can give you the big hits. So its either the extra bat or the extra bowler. Based on the opposition and wicket, that position could either see Ganga or Navin Stewart filling that role. We have 4 batsmen (Simmonds, Lewis, Bravo, Ramdin) and 4 bowlers (Rampaul, Badree, Narine, Emrit). The other batting position being battled by Barath, Mohammed & Pooran. And the other must an allrounder. With the choice between Ganga, Ottley & Navin Stewart. Depending on the wicket and opposition you can go with 2 batsmen and 1 allrounder or 2 allrounders and 1 batsman. Gabriel is in case 1 of the fast bowlers fails.

  • sreehk on September 23, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    It is high time SRH starts innovating as they have minimal options. SRH bowling attack should get back to their habit of limiting sides to paltry scores. On most occasions they restricted IPL sides under 140. Otherwise their 2 or 3 man batting attack will not be able to sustain higher scoring rates and hence totals. White should definitely not play this game as he will be up against two good leg spinners. There is nothing much for choosing and chopping. Duminy, Sammy, Perera, Steyn form their 4 away players. Rest of the side picks itself. T&T is no doubt an exciting side and will always be great to watch the colorful characters. The prediction: Both the teams will fail to chase score above 140 in this game. Any takers?

  • on September 24, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    @BRUTALANALYST : What do you think of another new kid on the block: Pooran, just 17, even younger than our schoolboy Beaton?

  • on September 24, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Doubts! Doubts!! & Doubts!!!

    1) Any idea as to what is happening to Steyn's bowling? 2) Any idea as to what is happening to Karan's non-bowling? 3) Any idea as to what is happening to Dhawan's Captaincy? 4) Any idea as what Laxman & Srikkant doing?

  • on September 24, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Ishant sharma shouldn't try too much extra,just he has to bowl wicket to wicket and try to contain the batsmen.

  • on September 24, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Sunrisers Hyderabad will surely win this match if both their opening bowlers take early wickets and give 45 to 50 runs in their quota of 8 overs. Hyderabad batting is very good down the order up to Amit Mishra.

  • BustIPL on September 24, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    An India vs WI game in the home ground normally goes india's way. Lets see this time.

  • unlocker on September 24, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    What about today rain news in mohali ? Samething is happend like Ahmabad yesterday ? Who will today its does,t matter but today some cricket will show or not it's main important

  • dave888 on September 24, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    The Rains are going to spoil the tournament . and dont understand the reason for keeping both the matches in the same stadium . its sad for cricket lovers that rains are going to be a big problem . yet have my fingers crossed !!

  • on September 24, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    ITS Raining very Hard in Mohali .. i Doubt whether these matchs will happen ..

  • RicHarder on September 23, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    Barath should be included based on his CPL form. Pooran should be rested, teams have figured him out already as Cutting did in the last match, as a schoolboy, this may not be good for his confidence

  • MonkeyMonkey on September 23, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    My SRH XI

    1) dhawan 2)parthiv 3) hanuma vihari 4) jp duminy 5) samantry 6) perera 7) 8) sammy 9) dale steyn 10) k sharma 11) ishant sharma

    I would maybe give a game to clint McKay cause of his wonderful series against eng including the hat trick, instead of perera (for the slogging they have duminy, dhawan and Sammy, so no problem) or else I don't see a spot for clint McKay.

  • landsite on September 23, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    There is going to be an almighty explosion when Steyn opens the bowling to Simmons and Barath/Lewis,whichever the opening pair Steyn is goint to go for plenty in the 4 overs he bowls,I'll bet 40 or 45 runs will come from him.TT openers like it fast and furious.I know also that we have quite a good few big hitters lower down,Narine,Emrit and Rampaul can also go big and if Stewart plays you can add him as another big hitter.I can see the biggest score of this CL coming up tomorrow and a win for TT,WE HAVE THE BEST 20/20 CRICKETERS IN THE WORLD,iNDIA KNOWS THAT TOO.

  • on September 23, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Agreed Bharath needs to replace Mohammed or Ganga to boost the batting.

  • on September 23, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    If T&T dismiss the openers of Sunrisers cheaply then they are going to win the match

  • --.-- on September 23, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Aghast ( -.- ) asks, Will Steyn get hammered like he got in last 2 matches of SRH ?

  • Nampally on September 23, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    SRH are in a very tough group which includes Titans & CSK apart from T & T. Of these 3 teams, SRH has the best chance of beating T & T. So it is imperative that they come out with all their guns firing. Dhawan & Patel need to give SRH a good start with Dhawan staying at one end for full 20 overs. If Dhawan does this, then SRH has a good chance of winning. Duminy, White & Sammy need to contribute to help SRH reach a competitive total of 175. Mohali pitch does not seem to aid the spinners as much as the seamers. Hence Ishant Sharma, Steyn & Sammy need to focus on a good line & length to be economical. Spinners Mishra & Karan Sharma must exploit the WI weakness against spinners. As for T & T they tend to focus on pace with Narine providing the solo spinner. Simmons, Bravo & Ramdin are likely threats in batting. WI batting tends to be strong against pace attack. So the SRH seamers need to bowl at the right spots. Good luck guys!

  • Albert_cambell on September 23, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    The two South africans Duminy and Steyn will win the match for Sunrisers. May be perera and sammy might do something special. Proud to be a protea fan.

  • VVSR92 on September 23, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Though heat has a depleted squad with 5 frontline players missing, the can still surprise srh who needs to avoid complacency

  • BRUTALANALYST on September 23, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Barath needs to come into the 11 in place of Mohammed or Ganga for me.

  • BRUTALANALYST on September 23, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Barath needs to come into the 11 in place of Mohammed or Ganga for me.

  • VVSR92 on September 23, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Though heat has a depleted squad with 5 frontline players missing, the can still surprise srh who needs to avoid complacency

  • Albert_cambell on September 23, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    The two South africans Duminy and Steyn will win the match for Sunrisers. May be perera and sammy might do something special. Proud to be a protea fan.

  • Nampally on September 23, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    SRH are in a very tough group which includes Titans & CSK apart from T & T. Of these 3 teams, SRH has the best chance of beating T & T. So it is imperative that they come out with all their guns firing. Dhawan & Patel need to give SRH a good start with Dhawan staying at one end for full 20 overs. If Dhawan does this, then SRH has a good chance of winning. Duminy, White & Sammy need to contribute to help SRH reach a competitive total of 175. Mohali pitch does not seem to aid the spinners as much as the seamers. Hence Ishant Sharma, Steyn & Sammy need to focus on a good line & length to be economical. Spinners Mishra & Karan Sharma must exploit the WI weakness against spinners. As for T & T they tend to focus on pace with Narine providing the solo spinner. Simmons, Bravo & Ramdin are likely threats in batting. WI batting tends to be strong against pace attack. So the SRH seamers need to bowl at the right spots. Good luck guys!

  • --.-- on September 23, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Aghast ( -.- ) asks, Will Steyn get hammered like he got in last 2 matches of SRH ?

  • on September 23, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    If T&T dismiss the openers of Sunrisers cheaply then they are going to win the match

  • on September 23, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Agreed Bharath needs to replace Mohammed or Ganga to boost the batting.

  • landsite on September 23, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    There is going to be an almighty explosion when Steyn opens the bowling to Simmons and Barath/Lewis,whichever the opening pair Steyn is goint to go for plenty in the 4 overs he bowls,I'll bet 40 or 45 runs will come from him.TT openers like it fast and furious.I know also that we have quite a good few big hitters lower down,Narine,Emrit and Rampaul can also go big and if Stewart plays you can add him as another big hitter.I can see the biggest score of this CL coming up tomorrow and a win for TT,WE HAVE THE BEST 20/20 CRICKETERS IN THE WORLD,iNDIA KNOWS THAT TOO.

  • MonkeyMonkey on September 23, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    My SRH XI

    1) dhawan 2)parthiv 3) hanuma vihari 4) jp duminy 5) samantry 6) perera 7) 8) sammy 9) dale steyn 10) k sharma 11) ishant sharma

    I would maybe give a game to clint McKay cause of his wonderful series against eng including the hat trick, instead of perera (for the slogging they have duminy, dhawan and Sammy, so no problem) or else I don't see a spot for clint McKay.

  • RicHarder on September 23, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    Barath should be included based on his CPL form. Pooran should be rested, teams have figured him out already as Cutting did in the last match, as a schoolboy, this may not be good for his confidence