The usually efficient Chennai Super Kings batting imploded on a Feroz Shah Kotla pitch with variable bounce to give Trinidad and Tobago an easy target to chase down. T&T did so without much fuss, thereby booking their place in the Champions League Twenty20 2013 semifinals. The win, by eight wickets, was also achieved quickly enough for T&T to top Group B, setting up a date with Mumbai Indians at the same venue on Saturday. Chennai will have to make the trip to Jaipur for their semifinal against Rajasthan Royals on Friday. (Highlights)
Chennai, put in to bat, were shot out for 118 in 19.4 overs. A simple win was enough for T&T to reach the semis, but were they to win inside 17.4 overs, they would also top the Group and avoid Rajasthan in their impregnable den. With Lendl Simmons in outstanding touch after a hesitant start, T&T stormed to 119 for 2 in just 15.1 overs, doing more than enough to displace Chennai from the top of the group. (Pics)
It was hard to believe Chennai were batting on the same pitch where Dwayne Smith and Rohit Sharma had smashed Perth Scorchers into submission earlier on Wednesday (October 2). But that might have been because of the poor Perth bowling as well as the intent of the Mumbai batsmen, because Chennai struggled after some early enterprise shown by M Vijay and Suresh Raina.