As much as the Trinidad and Tobago openers looked to have fallen in love with the Hyderabad wicket, their counterparts at Leicestershire Foxes were just not willing to give in to its charms. In an encounter that the English outfit will look to forget as quickly as possible, T&T won by 51 runs
Trinidad and Tobago player Darren Bravo avoids a bouncer during the Champions League Twenty20 qualifying match between Leicestershire and Trinidad Tobago in Hyderabad.
here on Tuesday.
Making a beeline
Chasing a big target of 169 runs, the Foxes should have been in a hurry to score runs. Instead, they seemed to be in a tremendous hurry to return to the dressing room. Samuel Badree struck twice, and so did Ravi Rampaul. And add one more from Sunil Narine - the Foxes were squeaking at 20 for five after six overs.
The only man who had an answer on this sub-continent wicket, Pakistani all-rounder Abdul Razzaq tried to push through a partnership with James Taylor.
Hoisting Sherwin Ganga for a six, he made it clear that the Caribbeans still had some work to do before winning. But with more than two runs needed of every ball in the last half, Razzaq could only delay the inevitable. And once he departed for 21, the only question was by how many runs will the county team lose. But thanks to some late flourish by Taylor, who hit an excellent 56 in 47 balls, the Foxes scraped past the 100-run mark even as Rampaul returned with four wickets for just 14 runs.
Sticking to task
Lendl Simmons and Adrian Barath loved the Foxes' bowling attack and how.
Scoring at over eight runs an over, the only competition unfolding at the middle was between the two West Indies batsmen - who were matching each other run for run.
The two seemed so stuck up with each other that they even got out in successive deliveries in the 18th over. But by then, T&T were already 139 and coasting steadily.
And if the Foxes had received even a bit of encouragement from the twin-strikes, West Indies' Darren Bravo made sure to douse that little flame of excitement with a nine-ball 18 cameo.