Ramdin hopes for lower-order rescue after dramatic opening day

By January 10, 2019

Trinidad and Tobago Red Force captain Denesh Ramdin said his team will be depending on his lower-order batsmen to get as close to 200 runs as possible following a difficult first day against the Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park on Thursday.

At the close of play, the Red Force were 134 for 7 from the 38 overs possible on the day because of a wet pitch.

After just five overs at the start of play, the match was delayed for four hours but on the resumption, the pitch played well, the Red Force captain said.

At the close, Yannick Cariah remained unbeaten on 22 and Khary Pierre 16, as they featured in an unbeaten eighth-wicket stand of 40 runs in a Red Force fight back.

Earlier, all-rounder Rovman Powell wrecked the Red Force batting with 3 for 30 which including Ramdin who was bowled for just 6.

"Powell bowled well. (He) pitched up the new ball and he got some important wickets for the team," Ramdin said.

Oshane Thomas (2 for 21) and Nikita Miller (2 for 41) also helped the Scorpions scythe through the Red Force batting.

The former Windies captain said he is banking on Cariah and Pierre to take them closer to a fighting total.

“We would have liked two wickets less in that session but having said that we have a batter with Cariah. Both guys are capable of batting, so hopefully tomorrow we can get a partnership going and get close to 200,” he said.

Ramdin admitted that the circumstances played a role in his team’s poor performance with the bat but acknowledged that poor shot selection was also to blame.

“As a batter, you’re not sure whether to go forward or to come back, what shots to play. I checked the pitch this morning, I knew it had some moisture and any team that won the toss would have bowled first. But, going back out, shot selection, again, was some of our downfall in this tournament,” he said.

“Batting through the hard part and getting soft outs is not acceptable, so hopefully our lower order can give us something to bowl at.”

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