New Delhi: After successfully hosting the Qualifiers, the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali is set to stage the Group B encounter of the 2013 Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday.
The six-match qualifying phase of the CLT20 was held at the PCA Stadium from September 17-20, from where New Zealand outfit Otago Volts and Hyderabad qualified for the group stage. And on Tuesday, Hyderabad will play their first match of the group phase against T&T. T&T played their tournament opener against Brisbane Heat on September 22 and registered an impressive 25-run win over the Australian team.
Hyderabad won two of their three qualifying games to reach the main tournament. While they beat Sri Lanka's Kandurata Maroons Pakistan's Faisalabad Wolves, the Sun Network-owned franchise lost to Otago Volts.
Coming through the Qualifiers, Hyderabad play their first Group B encounter against T&T who have already beaten Brisbane Heat.
Hyderabad rode on skipper Shikhar Dhawan's two half-centuries and the good form of his opening partner Parthiv Patel to beat Faisalabad and Kandurata, and when both failed against Otago, the batting line-up fell apart. That tells how dependent they are on their openers to chase down or post a competitive total.
Lower down the order, SRH depend on the experience of left-handed South African JP Duminy, while allrounders Thisara Perera and Darren Sammy are best utilised when long-handle hitting is required. Cameron White may find it difficult to find a place in the eleven due to the four-player limit on expatriates.
Dale Steyn, after two rusty performances, got his radar in order in the qualifier against Otago with figures of 2 for 13. Ishant Sharma looks to be consistently bowling well, while legspinner Amit Mishra will want to contribute more in the wickets column besides keeping a plug on the scoring. Combining those three with Perera and Sammy, the Hyderabad line-up looks better in bowling than batting, especially if Dhawan fails.
T&T's win over Brisbane was a low-scoring encounter, but by defending a paltry 136, the Caribbean team showed they are here to fight. The win was also their 8th in 11 CLT20 matches they have played so far.
Paceman Ravi Rampaul led the attack against Brisbane with a four-wicket haul, and with mystery spinner Sunil Narine, who dismissed two Brisbane batsmen in the space of five balls, the two look a menacing proposition. With IPL experienced behind them, Rampaul and Narine know exactly how to bowl on Indian wickets. Helping those two will be Samuel Badree and Rayad Emritt who know their limitations and bowl within those to good effect.
Like Hyderabad, their worry is batting that - besides opener Lendl Simmons, southpaw Darren Bravo and captain Denesh Ramdin - looks pretty thin compared to bowling. Ramdin was the only batsman to show some resistance against Brisbane while his partners kept getting out at the other end.
The overall picture, thus, reflects at another low-scoring match on the cards with both the squads having more confidence in their bowling than batting. But Hyderabad enjoy the advantage of having already played in Mohali, which could tilt the scales in their favour.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1 Parthiv Patel (wk), 2 Shikhar Dhawan (capt), 3 JP Duminy, 4 Biplab Samantray, 5 Thisara Perera/Cameron White, 6 Darren Sammy, 7 Ashish Reddy, 8 Dale Steyn, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Karan Sharma
Trinidad & Tobago: 1 Lendl Simmons, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Jason Mohammed, 5 Denesh Ramdin (capt/wk), 6 Sherwin Ganga, 7 Nicolas Pooran, 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Rayad Emritt, 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Samuel Badree.