Leicestershire v T&T, CLT20 qualifier, Hyderabad
Leicestershire Stand in Trinidad and Tobago' Way20-Sep-2011 02:47:00 GMT
Hyderabad: The English cricket team has had a dream summer as they have risen to the top of Test cricket with a commanding performance against India. The focus now shifts to Hyderabad as two of England's best T20 teams are in the city trying to emulate the success of their national team.
Champions Leicestershire Foxes are out to prove that they are no pushovers in the shortest version of the game. But their route to glory may not be all the easy and skipper Matthew Hoggard knows the pitfalls that await his side in the qualifiers of the Champions League.
First up for the Englishmen are Trinidad and Tobago, who took a giant step towards qualification with a five-wicket win over Ruhunu XI on Monday.
"We have come to India with high hopes. We haven't got big names like other teams. But that suits us fine. We won the domestic competition and are coming to India with good form and hope to surprise a few bigger teams."
Abdul Razzaq will hit the headlines not only for being a big-hitting game-changing allrounder but because he will become the second Pakistan player to participate in the Champions League, after Yasir Arafat in 2009. "I am sure after this trip our [Pakistan] players will also be able to play in the IPL again," he said. "I know if I perform well it is a good thing for Pakistan cricket and players as well."
Ravi Rampaul was the only fast bowler used by T&T and he was spot-on in his four overs. He didn't concede a single boundary in his spell, removed the dangerous Dinesh Chandimal before delivering an accurate final over in which Ruhuna could only score one run.
Stats & trivia
- Andrew McDonald was the highest run-getter in the Friends Life t20 this season, making 584 runs including seven half-centuries
- Lendl Simmons hit the highest number of sixes in the 2010-11 Caribbean T20 (15) but his strike-rate was still only a modest 111.65
Tuesday September 20, 2011
Start time 16:00 local (10:30 GMT)