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T&T looks to extra seamer against Sunrisers
T&T Red Force may tinker with a winning team and bring in an extra seamer, when they tackle the Sunrisers Hyderabad in their second match of the Karbonn Smart T20 Champions League series at India’s liveliest pitch in Chandigarh.
T&T made a winning start to the tournament when they whipped the Brisbane Heat in their opening match at Ranchi by 25 runs. Today, they face Indian Premier League (IPL) team Sunrisers Hyderabad with West Indies captain Darren Sammy on board. At Ranchi, seamers Ravi Rampaul 4/14 and Rayad Emrit 2/26 bowled superbly and with the Chandigarh pitch being very lively, the tour selectors may bring in Tobago-born all rounder Navin Stewart in place of allrounder Sherwin Ganga.
He will also lend some stability to the lower order in terms of his batting. Stewart has been bowling well during the lead-up to this tournament and there is a high possibility that he may find himself in the final XI.
Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin has called on his batsmen to apply themselves for today’s effort. T&T managed just 135 in their 20 overs against the Brisbane Heat, and it was the bowlers who received the praise after dismissing the Aussies for 110. Ramdin noted that 20 overs was a lot of balls. “Our batsmen have to start looking at it that way. We cannot just go after it from ball one and hope to maintain that rate throughout. We have to keep wickets in hand while we keep the score ticking and then at the death we can go hard.”
The team left Ranchi at noon yesterday and had little time to recover for this match. The travel has been extensive, dating back to the two-day flight from the Caribbean but Ramdin puts it in perspective. “It has been tough for us but we are accustomed to this. We just had the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and it was travel one day, play the next and we did that fine. We are professionals at the end of the day, and we have to find ways to keep ourselves fit and ready for the cricket.”
The Red Force enjoyed the crowd support at Ranchi on Sunday, but that won’t be the case today as the Sunrisers are the home team.
They are being led by Indian opening batsmen Shikar Dawan, who was instrumental with the bat in taking them from the qualifiers into the main draw. Having enjoyed a thus far, fabulous 2013 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. He was also the anchor as Sunrisers chased down 168 against the Kandurata Maroons in their opening match. He made 71.
Action starts at 8 pm (10.30 am TT time).
Trinidad & Tobago Squad: Denesh Ramdin, Rayad Emrit, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran, Sunil Narine, Evin Lewis, Samuel Badree, Navin Stewart, Shannon Gabriel, Khesan Yannick Ottley, Adrian Barath, Sherwin Ganga, Lendl Simmons, Ravindarnath Rampaul and Darren Bravo.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikar Dawan (capt), Cameron White, Karan Sharma, JP Duminy, Hanuma Vihari, Ishant Sharma, Dale Steyn, Anand Rajan, Ashish Reddy, Amit Mishra, Darren Sammy, Biplap Samantray, Thisara Perera and Parthiv Patel.
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