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

T&T look to spoil Sunrisers' CLT20 debut

The Preview by Rohan Sharma

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.


"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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  • Dummy4 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?

  • Dummy4 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?

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Tahir 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.

  • ARIF 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

  • monil 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 !!

  • Dummy4 on September 24, 2013, 2:18 GMT

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

  • RicHard 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

  • Mihir 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.