About the Match
Brisbane Heat and Trinidad and Tobago start their CLT20 campaign on 22nd September against each other at Ranchi. This match is the 1st Group Match in Group ‘B’ and 2nd group match. Ranchi is known for cricket lovers; especially with their iconic figure Dhoni also being in the tournament. Being the first match at the JSCA International Stadium Ranchi, the locals will turn up in good numbers. The crowd is expected to be unbiased and will have a sportive support to the performers. The pitch is expected to be lively and provide good assistance to both the fielding and batting side. The weather forecast looks favorable and match is expected to last full length. Both teams have a good mix of young and old players. It will be an exciting action filled contest and the spectators certainly will go satisfied at the end.
Captain James Hopes leads a team of enthusiastic youngsters who would like to prove their worth and make it to the national squad as soon as possible, as Australia certainly would like to identify talents to regain the lost ground. Haurtz and McDermott would provide the required early breakthrough, with able support from Roach and Gannon. The required back up to the close in-fielders will be provided by the youngsters beyond the inner circle to ensure that runs are denied to the hard hitting West Indians. Hartley will come in middle order along with Christian to check early damages if any. The worry with the Brisbane team should be the relatively less experience in T-20 among 3-4 players. However, the experience of Christian, Hartley and Hopes should guide the team in the lower order.
Trinidad & Tobago Red Steels
The team from Caribbean islands has a fairly well balanced mix of fast medium and spin bowlers, who can dent the relatively in-experienced Brisbane team. Barath and Lewis should provide solid start and put a good total, if the team gets batting first. Ganga, Bravo, Ramdin and Emrit have capability to stabilize the innings or increase the momentum if they have a good number already on board. They will certainly not like the lower order to pad up. The team has very good left-right combination of batting line up who will test the patience of any opposing side. With good number of all-rounders with good experience in spin and medium pace, the captain has a choice to provide required change at any time.
Teams will try to have the score board ticking in a fairly fast speed to ensure putting up a good total, as, NRR will certainly come into play in the decision-making stage. Early collapse of side batting first, will give psychological advantage for the opponents and it will be difficult to repair the damage after the top order. The Trinidad team may prove difficult to beat and will play to the demands of the supporting spectators. The Caribbean team is sure to put an imposing total on board and test the team from Australia. With a balanced side and anticipated support from the crowd, T&T will be a difficult side to beat on coming 22nd.
Trinidad and Tobago Red Steels, 2.00 @ William Hill