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Red Force takes care of Brisbane Heat
As the T&T team was leaving the Radisson Blu Hotel one man shouted: “Jai Hanuman Gnan Gun Sagar.” Wishing the team God’s strength, wisdom and knowledge.
The Red Force needed it and delivered on the night, as they defeated the Brisbane Heat by 25 runs to make a winning start to the Karboon Smart Champions League T20 series at the JSCA Cricket Stadium in Ranchi, India.
Red Force is loved so much in this part of the world that a huge crowd gathered outside the Radisson Blu Hotel, as well-wishers came out to give the team a grand send-off.
It seemed to have hyped up the men, as skipper Denesh Ramdin (48) used his strength to carry his team on his shoulders to an eventual 135 for nine off their 20 overs. The much talked about bowling jaggernaut used their wisdom and acquired knowledge of the pitch to restrict the Australians 110 all out in reply.
With 61 runs needed off 51 balls and the Brisbane Heat on course for victory, the mystery man Sunil Narine arrived on the scene to begin the fightback. He grabbed two wickets in one over on his return and things started to change. That winning belief and that never-say-die mantra of this team came alive and Ravi Rampaul and Rayad Emrit started to shatter stumps, much to the enjoyment of the locals here, who were clearly supporting them.
Rampaul delivered “Shubh raatri” (good night and sweet dreams) when he sent back top scorer Joe Burns for 45 off 43 balls with two fours.
The returning pacer finished with 4/14 and skipper Denesh Ramdin in paying tribute said, “Ravi told me that he wanted wickets on his return to help this side and that is exactly what he did for us.”
Earlier, the Red Force flattered badly in mid-innings, as a good start and finish could not be supported by a steely middle performance.
Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis came out as two men under attack and they retaliated much to the delight of the fans at the ground. The sleepy city of Ranchi came alive, as the vibrancy of the Red Force was permeating through the air.
Simmons was slamming balls into the fence and Lewis was matching him at the other end. The crowd would have remembered the great days of the Red Force back in 2009, when they won the hearts of the Indian people.
However, confidence turned to arrogance and Simmons after hitting Alister McDermott for three consecutive fours fell next ball, bowled off the inside edge. He fell for 14 off just seven deliveries and his dismissal caused a collapse that saw Darren Bravo bounced out for a duck and Lewis for 19 off 19 balls, with four fours.
Red Force slipped to 38 for three and it took a sober partnership between Jason Mohammed and Ramdin to bring the innings back on track.
Ramdin was excellent with his timing and placement and played some very attractive shots. Mohammed on the other end was rotating the strike nicely, until he fell for ten. Again this dismissal triggered a collapse and men were walking to and from the dugout regularly—much to the disappointment of team mentor Brian Lara, who was clearly not amused.
Ramdin motored on however and finally fell for a 38-ball 48 that included four fours and two sixes. Towards the end of the innings, Samuel Badree gave it the necessary push with two great sixes off the last over to end on 15 off seven balls.
TT VS BRISBANE HEAT
L Simmons b McDermott 14
E Lewis c Cutting b McDermott 19
D Bravo c Hartley b Roach 0
J Mohammed c Burns b Hauritz 10
D Ramdin c Lynn b Cutting 48
S Ganga c & b Haurit 0
N Pooran c Hartley b Christian 8
S Narine c Sabburg b McDermott 8
R Emrit c Hartley b McDermott 0
S Badree not out 15
R Rampaul not out 4
Extras lb1, w8 9
Total for 9 wkts 135
Fall of wkts: 28, 37, 38, 71, 71, 83, 114, 115, 116.
Bowling: J Hopes 1-0-10-0, K Roach 4-0-29-1, A McDermott 4-0-37-4, N Hauritz 4-0-22-2, B Cutting 4-0-24-1, D Christian 3-0-12-1.
J Hopes b Rampaul 4
J Burns b Rampaul 45
P Forest c Ganga b Badree 16
D Christian lbw Emrit 13
C Lynn c Ramdin b Narine 4
C Hartley b Narine 3
B Cutting run out 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 (18.4ovs) 110
Fall of wkts: 10, 31, 76, 81, 85, 91, 101,107, 107, 110.
Bowling: R Rampaul 3.4-0-14-4, S Badree 4-0-16-1, R Emrit 4-0-26-2, L Simmons 1-0-9-0, S Ganga 2-0-19-0, S Narine 4-0-25-2.
Result: T&T won by 25 runs; T&T 4 pts, Brisbane Heat 0
Player of the match: Denesh Ramdin
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