CLT20 2013 Preview: Titans face Trinidad and Tobago in fight for semi-final spot

Trinidad and Tobago will rely heavily on Sunil Narine (centre) to help them beat Titans in a crunch game © IANS

By Sabu Cherian

Ahmedabad: Sep 29, 2013

With the race for the lone available semi-final spot from Group B intensifying, Trinidad and Tobago will face a fired up opponent in the Titans in their Champions League Twenty20 match in Ahmedabad on Monday.

Titans are placed second on the points table with two wins from three matches [eight points] while T&T are stuck in mid-table traffic after suffering an unlikely defeat at the hands of Thisara Perera and Sunrisers Hyderabad on September 24 in Mohali.

Another win for Titans will ensure their safe passage to the semi-finals with a game to play against IPL 2013 finalists Chennai Super Kings in Delhi on October 2. A T&T victory, on the other hand, will open up the group.

In their previous game against Sunrisers, Titans skipper Henry Davids and Jacques Rudolph put on a century stand to lead their side to a crushing eight-wicket win in Ranchi.

The South African side romped over Sunrisers’ total of 145 in just 16.3 overs with two wickets down to give a major boost to their run rate.

T&T will have to recover quickly from their defeat against Sunrisers if they are to fancy their chances of qualifying for the semifinals, provided they win their next two games by a good margin.

They can take heart from their comfortable 25-run victory against Brisbane Heat in their first game.

For T&T, their bowling is their strength, led by pacer Ravi Rampaul and mystery spinner Sunil Narine, who have shared 10 wickets between them.

Rampaul was terrific with his four-wicket haul in the game against Brisbane Heat while Narine was at his deceptive best with his four-for against Sunrisers albeit for a losing cause.

The T&T camp would be hoping for another disciplined show from their bowlers at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera.

Their batting mainly revolved around Darren Bravo‘s 44-ball 66 against Sunrisers in Mohali but rest of the batsmen failed to support him. The team would be hoping significant contributions from skipper Denesh Ramdin, Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo and Sherwin Ganga in the upcoming match.

Titans, handed a defeat in their opening match, completely transformed themselves with clinical wins against Brisbane Heat and Sunrisers.

Titans came up with brilliant batting display against the Sunrisers and took their bowlers to task with a scintillating batting display. Davids and Rudolph transformed the run chase into a cakewalk and the team would be again heavily banking on them to give the team a rollicking start.

The experienced campaigners like Morne Morkel and Roelof van der Merwe, even Row Richards and Marchant de Lange have proved their potential in the bowling department.

Come tomorrow, both the Titans’ batsmen and bowlers will be hoping to put up a great team work against an equally formidable batting and bowling line-up.

Titans (probable): Henry Davids (c), Jacques Rudolph, AB de Villiers, Farhaan Behardien, David Wiese, Roelof van der Merwe, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Heino Kuhn, Morne Morkel, Marchant de Lange, Rowan Richards.

Trinidad & Tobago (probable): Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Darren Bravo, Jason Mohammed, Denesh Ramdin (c&wk), Nicolas Pooran, Sherwin Ganga, Sunil Narine, Rayad Emrit, Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree.

Time: 16:00 IST | 10:30 GMT

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