Chennai: On a sluggish track built to suck all skill out of cricket, Moises Henriques found plenty of it to help New South Wales first to an improbable tie and then a win through the Super Over. For the second match in a row, Trinidad & Tobago lost the script after having defended spiritedly for most of the match. Henriques manoeuvred the field - arguably easily manoeuvrable - in the last over to help NSW get the 16 runs for the tie, and then played around with the same bowler, Ravi Rampaul, some more to score 18 in the Super Over. Lendl Simmons hit a six and a four in the chase, but with four required off the last ball, drilled Steve O'Keefe straight down lonf-off's throat.
The tournament is fast resembling like different actors acting out the same play with little improvisation here and there, but to their credit the actors today made it real dramatic. The story for most of the Hyderabad and Chennai games has been: sizzle at start, struggle with the slowness and lowness in the middle and scramble in the end. Both the teams sizzled at top (T&T score 40 in first 5.3, NSW 43 in the first six), both struggled once the ball became soft (T&T managed 21 in the next 5.3 overs, going six overs without a boundary; NSW's next six overs brought 30, and they didn't score a boundary for 8.5 overs). It was the scramble that would decide that match, and T&T's 61 off the last six only matched NSW's 50 off their last four, producing the third tie in Champions League history.
Like all sluggish tracks do, this one in Chennai too took a lot skill out of the equation for about 39 overs. The bowlers couldn't bowl wicket-taking deliveries, but they could stifle the batsmen by bowling slow, stump to stump, and short of a length. The batsmen found it incredibly hard to time the ball. Simmons and Warner didn't face those problems at the top, although Warner did play out a maiden from Samuel Badree. Simmons hit through the line, and Warner punished width as they got their respective sides to good starts.