Pacer Ravi Rampaul led a fine bowling performance, scalping four wickets, as Trinidad and Tobago defended a small total to beat Brisbane Heat by 25 runs in a low-scoring Champions League Twenty20 match in Ranchi on Sunday.
Put in to bat, Trinidad and Tobago managed a modest 135 for nine, with captain Denesh Ramdin (48) being the only substantial contributor.
However, their bowlers came out inspired and bowled Brisbane out for 110 in 18.4 overs at the JSCA Stadium.
Coming back after recovering from an ankle injury, Rampaul played the pivotal role, claiming four important wickets while conceding just 14 runs in his spell.
Off-spinner Sunil Narine and pacer Rayad Emrit chipped in with two wickets apiece while Samuel Badree got one wicket to help the Caribbean champions begin their Group B campaign with a win.
The match was stopped for 20 minutes following a power failure when Brisbane were into their seventh over.
For Brisbane, who struggled for runs from the very beginning of their run chase, opener Joe Burns was the lone man standing with a 43-ball 45. They were still in with a chance to chase down the target of 136 when they reached 76 for three in the 14th over. However, things took a turn for the worse and they suffered a batting collapse.
They only added 34 runs at the expense of seven wickets in 5.2 overs to be all out for 110 and lose the match.
Brisbane captain James Hopes was the first to be dismissed for just four in the third over off the bowling of Rampaul and from then on, the Australian champion side struggled throughout their run chase.
The biggest partnership for Brisbane was the 45 for the third wicket between Burns and Daniel Christian (13). But with the T&T bowlers tightening the screws with a disciplined effort, the inexperienced Brisbane batting line-up crumbled with just four of them reaching double digit figures.
Image: Ravindarnath Rampaul of Trinidad & Tobago celebrates the wicket of Alister McDermott of Brisbane Heat on Sunday