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Blues win the toss and elect to bat first


New South Wales Blues captain Simon Katich won the toss and elected to bat against Trinidad & Tobago in their Super Eight match in the Champions League in Hyderabad on Friday.

The Caribbean side surprised everyone with their impressive show in the group stage where they ousted of Indian Premier League II champions Deccan Chargers Thursday night.

Riding on a strong all round performance, Trinidad & Tobago humbled Somerset in their opening group encounter.

Even though, the Caribbeans started as underdogs, they have shown they are not just paper tigers as they have quite a few match-winners up their ranks.

All-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who has been more successful with the ball so far, taking seven wickets in two matches, is due for big runs as he yet to explode with bat.

However, somebody or the other from both the top and lower order have chipped in with useful contribution in times of crisis to help Trinidad & Tobago's cause.

William Perkins has got good starts at the top but he would looking forward to capitalise on them and get a big total against his name as the competition gets tougher and stiffer from here on.

On the other hand, NSW captain Simon Katich would rely on his side's all-round performance, which helped them to overcome South Africa's Diamond Eagles and English county side Sussex Sharks in their group outings.

With their fancied batting order boasting of Katich himself, Philip Hughes, David Warner and Moises Henriques, the Australian side would be hoping to slaughter the less experienced West Indian bowling attack.

On the bowling front, Brett Lee has been in great form and would definitely act as a thorn in the flesh for Trinidad batsmen.

The NSW bowling department can be touted as the best in the cash-rich Twenty20 event with the likes of Doug Bollinger, Stuart Clark, Nathan Hauritz in their armour apart from Lee.

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