Chennai Super Kings v Trinidad & Tobago, CLT20, Delhi October 1, 2013

T&T need win, or slim defeat

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Match facts

October 2, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

It's easy, if Trinidad & Tobago beat Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday, they qualify for the semi-finals. If they don't they will be tied on points with the Titans. T&T are ahead of the Titans on net run-rate, but it is only a marginal advantage. For instance, if they bat first and score around 125, or more, they need to lose with three or lesser balls to spare to qualify. In other words, they should make Super Kings play at least 19.3 overs, or the Titans will go through.

If T&T are chasing, they need to make sure they lose by five or lesser runs to qualify. So whether Super Kings score 50 or 250, all T&T need to do is fall not more than five runs short if they end up losing. Even though T&T have won two of their three games batting first, they may want to chase this time as taking an in-form Super Kings side to the last three balls of the chase might be tougher than getting within five runs of the target themselves.

T&T draw confidence from their progress in the tournament as their totals have ascended from 135 to 160 and then to 188. What they need to work on, is their bowling. Since Ravi Rampaul's four wickets in their tournament opener, against Brisbane Heat, their attack has relied heavily on Sunil Narine's dexterity. As they don't have their fate in their own hands, Titans can only watch from the sidelines and hope for a qualification.

Super Kings are not playing for nothing. Currently at the top of the table, they can still be displaced if they lose heavily to T&T. Much will have to go against Super Kings for that to happen as they have clicked in all departments in the three matches so far. Their opening looks stronger after M Vijay followed his two ducks with a 27-ball 42, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo and MS Dhoni have torn oppositions apart from the middle order and their slower bowlers made a comeback in their previous match. What needs to be worked on is their pace bowling, and T&T may want to target the fast bowlers in the initial overs as Dhoni has not been opening with R Ashwin in this tournament.

Players to watch

After making headlines in the Caribbean Premier League with a quickfire 54 from 24, 17-year-old Nicolas Pooran has not done much. He has managed scores of 11, 6 and 8 in the tournament and since T&T's middle order has not mustered big scores till now, Pooran is the man they might need to do the job against Super Kings.

Dwayne Bravo was among the top three run-scorers for T&T in the Caribbean T20 with 153 runs at an average of 38.25 and strike rate of over 110. He has also been in fine form recently with four wickets in the tournament and a quickfire 38 against the Titans. However, he will be under the spotlight against his home team now facing the same attack he was a part of and will bowl to the batting line-up he scored with, to win the T20 event earlier this year.

Vishal Dikshit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sweetiepaper on October 2, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    T&T should go for the win. Don't take chances. Although better at defending totals. T&T must bat second, because the CSK has a powerful batting line-up that can chase down any total in quick-time. Both Mohammed and Pooran should dropped. And Barath and Ganga/Ottley brought in. T&T need an additional spin option. Also let Simmonds bat at 5, so that you have some fire power lower down the order. I agree with Kapil, let Emrit bowl earlier, until he gets back his confidence. He is not handling pressure well in this tournament. My 11 in batting order. Barath, Lewis, Bravo, Ramdin, Simmonds, Ganga, Stewart, Narine, Emrit, Rampaul, Badree. 7 bowling options and Big hitters spread around. Go T&T make the Caribbean proud.

  • on October 1, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Will need an extra effort from the makeup bowlers tomorrow (outside of Rampaul, Badree and Narine) for Trinidad to win this game. Probably the inclusion of Ottley or Gange should be considered as they will also beef up the batting and spin options. If Emrit is included he should be allowed to bowl out his overs before the 15th or so as he is struggling at the death. Maybe also the inclusion of Barath for Mohammed is another good option. Trinidad must find their best combination of 11 players tomorrow (have not yet found this for the tournament) if they are to win. Its a must win in reality because the margin of defeat will be too small and a big risk! Go Trinidad and Tobago!!!!!!

  • on October 2, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    good luck T&T must win.....to Q in semi-final.

  • on October 2, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    Murali VJ came back in to the form..CSK team battle today almost 72%

  • on October 2, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    T&T is a good side, Hoping for a good match but everybody knows the strength of CSK.But I think Titants should go through...

  • on October 2, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Otago's wait & watch is over; with negative results. Now it is Titan's turn to twiddle the thumbs! Would like to be a fly on the wall, where Titans will be gathered to watch the next game!

    Who will be Neesham's counterpart within the Titan team?

  • on October 2, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Coulter Nile taking 3 wickets against his regular home team; Perth. Now Bravo to do something against his home team T&T! Day for the prodigals in the respective families? Every prodigal has his day!

  • on October 2, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    @tuktuk vs Boom Boom: sorry your expectations and your future thinking mumbai Indians have made it to the semifinals sorry for your belief has just failed.

  • on October 2, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    T&T must bat second.. hunting to survive is better than preserving..CSK will try some new players today the sure and narine should bowl few overs at the slog overs.. emrit to finish his quota as early as possible is imp.. and Pooran can be given an other chance may be in the top order.. all the best T&T..

  • on October 2, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Everthing depends on CSk ,whom they want to see in final.!

  • sweetiepaper on October 2, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    T&T should go for the win. Don't take chances. Although better at defending totals. T&T must bat second, because the CSK has a powerful batting line-up that can chase down any total in quick-time. Both Mohammed and Pooran should dropped. And Barath and Ganga/Ottley brought in. T&T need an additional spin option. Also let Simmonds bat at 5, so that you have some fire power lower down the order. I agree with Kapil, let Emrit bowl earlier, until he gets back his confidence. He is not handling pressure well in this tournament. My 11 in batting order. Barath, Lewis, Bravo, Ramdin, Simmonds, Ganga, Stewart, Narine, Emrit, Rampaul, Badree. 7 bowling options and Big hitters spread around. Go T&T make the Caribbean proud.

  • on October 1, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Will need an extra effort from the makeup bowlers tomorrow (outside of Rampaul, Badree and Narine) for Trinidad to win this game. Probably the inclusion of Ottley or Gange should be considered as they will also beef up the batting and spin options. If Emrit is included he should be allowed to bowl out his overs before the 15th or so as he is struggling at the death. Maybe also the inclusion of Barath for Mohammed is another good option. Trinidad must find their best combination of 11 players tomorrow (have not yet found this for the tournament) if they are to win. Its a must win in reality because the margin of defeat will be too small and a big risk! Go Trinidad and Tobago!!!!!!

  • on October 2, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    good luck T&T must win.....to Q in semi-final.

  • on October 2, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    Murali VJ came back in to the form..CSK team battle today almost 72%

  • on October 2, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    T&T is a good side, Hoping for a good match but everybody knows the strength of CSK.But I think Titants should go through...

  • on October 2, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Otago's wait & watch is over; with negative results. Now it is Titan's turn to twiddle the thumbs! Would like to be a fly on the wall, where Titans will be gathered to watch the next game!

    Who will be Neesham's counterpart within the Titan team?

  • on October 2, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Coulter Nile taking 3 wickets against his regular home team; Perth. Now Bravo to do something against his home team T&T! Day for the prodigals in the respective families? Every prodigal has his day!

  • on October 2, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    @tuktuk vs Boom Boom: sorry your expectations and your future thinking mumbai Indians have made it to the semifinals sorry for your belief has just failed.

  • on October 2, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    T&T must bat second.. hunting to survive is better than preserving..CSK will try some new players today the sure and narine should bowl few overs at the slog overs.. emrit to finish his quota as early as possible is imp.. and Pooran can be given an other chance may be in the top order.. all the best T&T..

  • on October 2, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Everthing depends on CSk ,whom they want to see in final.!

  • rsgarcia on October 2, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    @TukTukVsBoomBoom, was it 100% sure you said? Well, as of this posting, the Mumbai Indians have advanced to the semis. I hope your predictions regarding T&T are just as accurate.

  • on October 2, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    It will be very difficult for T&T to qualify as per the conditions.

  • TukTukVsBoomBoom on October 2, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    i am pakistani team fan it is my personal observation sorry for those two teams mumbai Indians And T&T they must will be eliminated in the Champion League t20 i am 100% sure

  • mjrvasu on October 2, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Mike Hussey has not done Team CSK any favor by the untimely release of his book.

  • on October 2, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    come on T&T. You can beat CSK. Get early wickets of hussey.

  • ssenthil on October 2, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Thin margin and I think if CSK win they will be going to win comfortably and thus knocking out T & T. But I want to see a close match where CSK wins and T & T goes through.

  • VVSR92 on October 2, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    This game is a virtual quater final for T & T as they simply cant afford to relax on a 5 run or a 3 ball margin vs a mighty csk team. Unless it rains or csk have an average day vs a depleted T & T side w/o match winners in pollard,bravo & cooper.However this team can put up a fight & thus keeping the group alive till the last game is played.

  • on October 2, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Ours for the taking and we got game.Who says the super kings are unbeaten? Isn't it about time they lost? I don't think at this point in the tournament they should drop Pooran but,they should definitely replace Moh'd with Barath.If T&T win the toss they should bat.Play CSK game...Let them chase...we have good bowling and we haven't played our best game...as yet.

  • cnksnk on October 2, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    CSK should probably tests their bench strength. Give Faf, Morris and Imitiaz a go.. Anyway CSK will win... but to check out the rest of the team before the semis will be good. However knowing Dhoni and Flemming they may just play the same team. CSK's strength has been consistency in team selection.

  • Siva_Bala75 on October 2, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    The maximum safety margin for CSK loss is 20 runs or 14 balls. Anything worse, CSK will be placed second and need to go to Jaipur to face RR.

  • rsgarcia on October 2, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    Just remember we are behind you 100% Trinidad and Tobago! They think we can't beat CSK. They think 188 and 6 wickets was 'lucky'. That rain saved us. Let's show them why the Champion West Indies T20 team is 2/3 Trinbago. Play your best tomorrow. We know you can do it if you give your all! We going for a win guys, nothing less! Trini to de bone!!!

  • IndianEagle on October 2, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    tandt's fast bowling department is worst than any other team in clt20.

  • BRUTALANALYST on October 2, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    We'eve had Morkel v Morkel now it's time for Bravo v Bravo haha if only David Hussey played for Brisbane we could of also had Hussey v Hussey all in the same group.

  • on October 2, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    Just a repeat. Please send in Simmons at No.4. Open with either Pooran or bring in Bharath. This will be a crucial move since Simmons has been more successful as of late batting lower down the order. We have also lost and almost lost our games in the 16th-20th overs. We need to put more runs in those overs and also tighten up on our bowling there. I do hope the selctors read this to take note.

  • on October 2, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    I do hope the selectors read this before the start of play. Please drop Simmons to bat at No.4. Either open with Pooran or bring in Bharath. Simmons have been more successful lower down the order. This will be a key move. Also from the previous games we lost and almost lost the games in the LAST 5 OVERS. Something has to be done since either not enough runs scored in the last 5 overs or our bowlers gave it away.

  • RicHarder on October 1, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    I think Pooran should be rested, he does not looks to fit in the CPL. Trinidad should replace him with either Ganga or Ottley, at least if they fail with the bat there is the extra bowling option. It may be also a good idea to bring in Bharath instead of Mohammed to open the innings and bring Simmons to # 3 or #4. Reyad Emrit should retain his place but he is a rhythm bowler and as previously mentioned, he should bowl out his overs. Since Stewart has developed as somewhat of a batsmen, Shannon Gabriel could be considered for his pace, but that depends on the condition of the pitch.

  • anupkeni on October 1, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    20th Match, Group B - Chennai Super Kings v Trinidad & Tobago Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi is a day-night match. Please show D/N in the fixtures. http://www.espncricinfo.com/champions-league-twenty20-2013/content/series/629521.html?template=fixtures Wed Oct 2 D/N 14:30 GMT | 20:00 local 20:00 IST 20th Match, Group B - Chennai Super Kings v Trinidad & Tobago Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

  • anupkeni on October 1, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    20th Match, Group B - Chennai Super Kings v Trinidad & Tobago Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi is a day-night match. Please show D/N in the fixtures. http://www.espncricinfo.com/champions-league-twenty20-2013/content/series/629521.html?template=fixtures Wed Oct 2 D/N 14:30 GMT | 20:00 local 20:00 IST 20th Match, Group B - Chennai Super Kings v Trinidad & Tobago Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

  • RicHarder on October 1, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    I think Pooran should be rested, he does not looks to fit in the CPL. Trinidad should replace him with either Ganga or Ottley, at least if they fail with the bat there is the extra bowling option. It may be also a good idea to bring in Bharath instead of Mohammed to open the innings and bring Simmons to # 3 or #4. Reyad Emrit should retain his place but he is a rhythm bowler and as previously mentioned, he should bowl out his overs. Since Stewart has developed as somewhat of a batsmen, Shannon Gabriel could be considered for his pace, but that depends on the condition of the pitch.

  • on October 2, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    I do hope the selectors read this before the start of play. Please drop Simmons to bat at No.4. Either open with Pooran or bring in Bharath. Simmons have been more successful lower down the order. This will be a key move. Also from the previous games we lost and almost lost the games in the LAST 5 OVERS. Something has to be done since either not enough runs scored in the last 5 overs or our bowlers gave it away.

  • on October 2, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    Just a repeat. Please send in Simmons at No.4. Open with either Pooran or bring in Bharath. This will be a crucial move since Simmons has been more successful as of late batting lower down the order. We have also lost and almost lost our games in the 16th-20th overs. We need to put more runs in those overs and also tighten up on our bowling there. I do hope the selctors read this to take note.

  • BRUTALANALYST on October 2, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    We'eve had Morkel v Morkel now it's time for Bravo v Bravo haha if only David Hussey played for Brisbane we could of also had Hussey v Hussey all in the same group.

  • IndianEagle on October 2, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    tandt's fast bowling department is worst than any other team in clt20.

  • rsgarcia on October 2, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    Just remember we are behind you 100% Trinidad and Tobago! They think we can't beat CSK. They think 188 and 6 wickets was 'lucky'. That rain saved us. Let's show them why the Champion West Indies T20 team is 2/3 Trinbago. Play your best tomorrow. We know you can do it if you give your all! We going for a win guys, nothing less! Trini to de bone!!!

  • Siva_Bala75 on October 2, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    The maximum safety margin for CSK loss is 20 runs or 14 balls. Anything worse, CSK will be placed second and need to go to Jaipur to face RR.

  • cnksnk on October 2, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    CSK should probably tests their bench strength. Give Faf, Morris and Imitiaz a go.. Anyway CSK will win... but to check out the rest of the team before the semis will be good. However knowing Dhoni and Flemming they may just play the same team. CSK's strength has been consistency in team selection.

  • on October 2, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Ours for the taking and we got game.Who says the super kings are unbeaten? Isn't it about time they lost? I don't think at this point in the tournament they should drop Pooran but,they should definitely replace Moh'd with Barath.If T&T win the toss they should bat.Play CSK game...Let them chase...we have good bowling and we haven't played our best game...as yet.