Bidding strategy in teams is quite different from that in pairs. In teams, one strives not to miss any game contracts whereas the first concern in pairs is to get a plus score. Pairs favours adventurous bidding in that a disaster is only a bottom whereas, in teams, a disaster means the probable loss of a match. Thus, in teams, one bids when there is a chance of game or it is reasonably safe to bid. In the hand shown, North overcalls 1D because the suit is good and neither opponent is likely to have good enough trumps to double it. It gets NS into the auction and directs a good lead if EW end up playing the contract. East bids 1NT because EW play a 14- 16 1NT so, if West is balanced, the maximum hand which will pass is 13 and 3NT will not be an issue. South’s 2H bid is a distinct overbid since there is little chance of game with both opponents in the auction. The poor suit offers no safety but, luckily, the hearts split evenly, so there is no double.
Now West needs to find a lead. What do you fancy? The trump suit is clearly out and it is unattractive to start diamonds since declarer will play them anyway. The normal lead from these black suit holdings is the ace because underleading an ace may lead to it getting ruffed later. However, partner has denied four spades and a 5- 1 split is unlikely on the auction. It may be possible to let East win the QS if the KS is in dummy or to give East a spade ruff on the second or third round. Thus, leading the 2S looks an attractive and safe way to develop some defensive tricks. In practice, East wins the KS, returns one to the AS and West leads the 3S for East to ruff. East notices that it was the lowest outstanding spade that was led for the ruff and so returns the 3C since it is the lowest suit. West now returns another spade for a second ruff. After cashing the KC and two more hearts, declarer is 3 off for minus 300 when EW can only make a part score. This is a poor result caused by the 2H bid.