Brisbane Heat take on Trinidad & Tobago in their Champions League Twenty20 2013 opener at JSCA International Stadium on Sunday (September 22) afternoon in what the good people at Ranchi will view as an opening act, the appetiser, ahead of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 'home' game later in the day.
While Ranchi is bustling with excitement at the upcoming week of action, rain has been a constant in the build-up to matchday. It poured for a bit on Saturday afternoon, forcing T&T to cancel their practice match. However, the pace bowlers on both sides will be licking their lips at what could be surprisingly helpful conditions in spin-friendly India if the clouds stay around.
Both Brisbane and T&T will field significantly weaker teams after losing star players to the Indian Premier League franchises. Injuries and other factors haven't helped either. However, devoid of the stars who attract the limelight, both teams will hope to fly under the radar and spring a surprise or two.