The Brisbane Heat and Trinidad and Tobago will look to make that perfect start in the CLT20 2013 when the two sides face-off on Sunday afternoon.
Both teams are seen as possible dark horses that can go all the way given the right start to the tournament, and that is exactly the idea when they take the field at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium in Ranchi.
Trinidad & Tobago will hope to make an impression in this edition of the CLT20
Experienced off-spinner Nathan Hauritz knows all about the importance of getting used to the Indian conditions as soon as possible and is hopeful his side can adapt quicker than their West Indian counterparts.
"Everyone is training really well and we have prepared extremely well to play and we are looking forward to the challenge against Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday," he said. "T&T have been in this competition a few times and they too have some very good players.
"I have played well but I have not done exactly well here. But I do know the conditions and know for a fact that you have to be on the game straightaway. India is a place where if you are not on your game, everything consumes you -- the wicket, the crowds, the weather, everything gets on top really quickly.
"The quicker you are on your game, the better it is. Our team is extremely well prepared and the boys are looking forward to the challenge and hope my experience of playing here also helps.
"This tournament is a bit more cut throat and you got to start really well. I think if a team loses more than two games, they will get knocked out pretty much. There is very strong competition in both groups and we just have to start as well as we can against T&T.
Trinidad made waves in the opening edition of the CLT20 by making the finals, ad giving the cricketing world the likes of Kieron Pollard, who has now established himself as one of the premier T20 players in the game.
This will be their last edition in the CLT20, as from next year the winners of the Caribbean Premier League will represent the West Indies. Therefore, senior player Rayad Emrit is desperate to go out on a winning high.
"This is our last time as a country and we want to make it count," he said. "It's going to be big for us. We have around six or seven guys in our team who have played in India before and they will be our key contributors.
"There are a lot of star-studded players in the tournament and we know we have to play really well to beat them. But we will play the kind of cricket we're used to playing, that is having fun while we try to win."
Where to watch
Squads: Brisbane Heat: Nathan Hauritz, Joe Burns, Dan Christian, Ben Cutting, Peter Forrest, Chris Hartley, James Hopes, Matthew Gale, Chris Lynn, Alister McDermott, Cameron Gannon, Kemar Roach, Chris Sabburg, Dominic Michael, Brad Ipson.
Trinidad & Tobago: Denesh Ramdin, Rayad Emrit, Jason Mohammed, Nicolas Pooran, Sunil Narine, Evin Lewis, Samuel Badree, Navin Stewart, Shannon Gabriel, Yannick Ottley, Adrian Barath, Sherwin Ganga, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Bravo.
Prediction: The Brisbane Heat edge out T&T.
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