Ranchi: The West Indies players are adept at flourishing in the game’s shortest version. No wonder then that the men from Trinidad and Tobago defended their 135 runs in clinical fashion to register a 25-run victory against Brisbane Heat in their opening Champions League Twenty20 match here on Sunday.
If Denesh Ramdin rescued them in the middle-stages of the innings, it was Sunil Narine who put an end to Brisbane Heat’s aspirations with yet another disciplined and penetrating display of spin bowling.
Brisbane Heat had everything going in their favour, until Narine weaved his magic. The off-spinner, one of the key players for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, is excellent at bowling in these conditions and his experience put an end to Brisbane Heat’s push for victory.
After giving away 16 runs in his first two overs, Narine dismissed Chris Lynn and Chris Hartley in his next over, the 15th of the innings, to tilt the scales in Trinidad and Tobago’s favour.
Not far behind was Ravi Rampaul, who picked up three for 14. Ramdin agreed that Narine’s third over turned it around for them.
“That Narine over pulled us back into the match… He bowled well and adjusted to the conditions.
Ravi Rampaul also contributed, finishing it off well in the end,” said the Trinidad and Tobago captain.
Ramdin, who was adjudged Man of the Match for his 48 off 38 balls, also thanked Brian Lara, who’s playing the role of a mentor. “Brian’s giving us the confidence. He’s helping the players both mentally and technically…
“He’s been talking to us… Today, he told us not to rush things when we went out to field…”
Ramdin felt they were short by 10 to 15 runs after finishing on 135 for nine. “I felt we were short by 10 to 15 runs… But we kept taking wickets… The guys stuck out there and it was pretty easy in the end.”