The Brisbane Heat lost their opening Karbonn Smart Champions League Twenty20 clash to Trinidad and Tobago by 25 runs on Sunday in Ranchi, to put their hopes of advancing in the lucrative tournament on thin ice.
The Heat now face a virtual elimination clash with South African side the Titans in Mohali on Tuesday night.
It is a frustrating scenario for the Heat, who were buoyed by a positive bowling performance - restricting their rivals to just 9-135, with young quick Alister McDermott (4-37) the chief destroyer.
But despite an impressive innings from young batsman Joe Burns (45), the Heat never really looked comfortable in the chase - tied down by veteran paceman Ravi Rampaul (4-14) and wily spinner Sunil Narine (2-25).
"(Narine) is one of the best spinners in the world and he showed it tonight. It was an eye opener for our lads who hadn't seen him before," Heat skipper James Hopes said.
"Our batting just didn't come off tonight. We weren't brave enough to play big shots early on. Our batting was pretty ordinary to be honest."
The match was interrupted by a 12-minute delay when the light towers blacked out due to overheating.