T&T rally to win Champions League opener
“It was a good victory in the end. We were 10 to 15 runs short but I believe Ravi Rampaul and Samuel Badree set it up in the first six overs.”
Trinidad and Tobago captain Denesh Ramdin was a relieved and happy man after his “Red Force” showed their powers of recovery to defend a modest total and win their opening match in the Karbonn Champions League Twenty20 tournament against Australia’s Brisbane Heat in Ranchi, India yesterday.
Led by seamer Ravi Rampaul who had figures of four wickets for 14 runs in 3.4 overs, T&T comfortably defended what had seemed a shaky 135 for nine in their allotted 20 overs after Ramdin lost the toss and was asked to bat first by Heat skipper James Hopes.
“I told the guys once we got early wickets in the first six overs and they don’t cross 35, we’ll have a good chance. With Sunil Narine in the attack we will have a good chance of winning,” Ramdin said after the match.
A focused Rampaul was both economical and penetrative throughout his spells in the innings, and although Brisbane Heat may have been pleased to chase 131, they were rarely granted more than a brief glimpse of victory.
Rampaul got good support from Sunil Narine (two for 25), Rayad Emrit (two for 26) and Samuel Badree (one for 16) who all produced fine spells.
Earlier, skipper Ramdin played something of a lone hand to give his attack something to defend, as he hit 48 from 38 balls. No other batsman passed 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, he cramped the Heat’s openers for space, and soon dismissed captain 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 up the tempo sufficiently. 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 the 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.
The fairly comfortable margin of victory belied the struggle T&T’s batsmen had in trying to set a challenging total on a pitch where Man-of-the-Match Ramdin reckoned 150 was the par score.
Samuel Badree, coming in at No. 10, took T&T beyond 130 by striking two straight sixes in what turned out to be a crucial 16-run final over.
But Ramdin admitted the batting effort left much room for improvement.
“We didn’t have the partnerships to carry us through,” he said. “Hopefully this is one of our bad games and we will go from strength to strength.”
Meanwhile, in the second match in Group B yesterday, Dwayne Bravo took two wickets and struck 38 from 26 balls as the Chennai Super Kings chased down 185 to win by four wickets.
Trinidad and Tobago vs Brisbane Heat
L Simmons b McDermott 14
E Lewis c Cutting b McDermott 19
D Bravo c wkpr Hartley b Roach 0
J Mohammed c Burns b Hauritz 10
D Ramdin c Lynn b Cutting 48
S Ganga c&b Hauritz 0
N Pooran c wkpr Hartley b Christian 8
S Narine c Sabburg b McDermott 8
R Emrit c wkpr Hartley b McDermott 0
S Badree not out 15
R Rampaul not out 4
Extras: (B1, W8) 9
Total: (for nine wickets, 20 overs) 135
Wickets at: 28 (Simmons), 37 (Bravo), 38 (Lewis), 71 (Mohammed), 71 (Ganga), 83 (Pooran), 114 (Narine), 115 (Emrit), 116 (Ramdin)
Bowling: Hopes 1-0-10-0 (2w), Roach 4-0-29-1 (1w), McDermott 4-0-37-4 (1w), Hauritz 4-0-22-2, Cutting 4-0-24-1 (1w), Christian 3-0-12-1 (1w)
Brisbane Heat Inns
J Hopes b Rampau 4
J Burns b Rampaul 45
P Forrest c Ganga b Badree 16
D Christian lbw Emrit 13
C Lynn c wkpr Ramdin b Narine 4
C Hartley b Narine 3
B Cutting run out (wkpr Ramdin) 17
C Sabburg c Bravo b Emrit 3
N Hauritz c Simmons b Rampaul 0
K Roach not out 3
A McDermott b Rampaul 0
Extras: (LB1, W1) 2
Total: (all out, 18.4 overs) 110
Wickets at: 10 (Hopes), 31 (Forrest), 76 (Christian), 81 (Lynn), 85 (Hartley), 91 (Burns), 101 (Sabburg), 107 (Cutting), 107 (Hauritz), 110 (McDermott)
Bowling: Rampaul 3.4-0-14-4, Badree 4-0-16-1, Emrit 4-0-26-2, Simmons 1-0-9-0 (1w), Ganga 2-0-19-0, Narine 4-0-25-2
Toss: Brisbane Heat
Result: T&T won by 25 runs
Player of the Match: Denesh Ramdin