Chennai Super Kings v Trinidad & Tobago, CLT20, Delhi October 2, 2013

T&T top table after thumping victory


Trinidad &Tobago 119 for 2 (Simmons 63, Lewis 38) beat Chennai Super Kings 118 (Raina 38, Emrit 3-21) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Trinidad & Tobago are the only team from outside the three countries that own a stake in the Champions League to be given direct entry to the tournament, a special status they justified by topping the league table after hammering one of the CLT20 favourites, Chennai Super Kings.

The already-qualified Super Kings' famed batting had a rare off day, and the team were bowled out for only the seventh time in 117 matches. Having been rolled over for 118, Super Kings couldn't prevent T&T from completing the chase within 17.4 overs, which meant they surrendered the top spot in the group. It left them facing the challenge of breaking Rajasthan Royals' 12-game winning streak at home in the semi-finals.

It was a day when almost everything went right for T&T, epitomised by the game Man-of-the-Match Lendl Simmons had. Simmons came into this match on the back of two ducks but contributed with bat, ball and in the field in T&T's dominant performance.

Simmons' first contribution to the game came in the 9th over, by when Super Kings had got off to a familiar solid start. M Vijay and Suresh Raina were stroking the ball around and another tall total looked on the cards, but Simmons struck first ball with a loosener well outside off that Vijay inside-edged onto the stumps. In his next over he had Raina squandering his wicket by helping a gentle leg-stump delivery to short fine leg.

Then came the biggest wicket of them all, MS Dhoni's, just when the Super Kings captain was looking to cut loose. In the 17th over, Dhoni top-edged an attempted big hit and the ball swirled towards Simmons at long-on. Simmons settled under it but the ball bounced off his palm and onto his neck; he kept his eyes on the ball and grabbed it on the second attempt. After that, instead of the usual final flourish, Super Kings made only 16 runs in the concluding three overs.

Simmons had fortune with bat as well, cluelessly edging the first ball of the chase from R Ashwin between the keeper and slip, and surviving a stumping shout after being beaten off the second. His innings only switched to top gear in the 10th over when Ravindra Jadeja conceded 19 to extend a horrendous run in the tournament. Simmons was also dropped just before reaching his half-century but a series of brutal hits had already eased T&T towards victory.

There was plenty of support for Simmons: opener Evin Newis had another good game with the bat to ensure Super Kings didn't pull off a heist, Ravi Rampaul began the Super Kings collapse with a screamer to dismiss the uber-consistent Michael Hussey, Sunil Narine was at his miserly best and three Super Kings batsmen were run out as the team collapsed from 78 for 2 to 118 all out.

In the four times they have played the CLT20, T&T have had only one bad campaign - last year when they were knocked out after one loss and a washout in the qualifiers - and this table-topping performance underlined why they are among the best T20 sides in the world.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on October 4, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Personally i think it's great for World Club Cricket that a team like T&T full of homegrown players and as we've seen with Bravo and Pollard playing for their IPL franchises, not necessarily their strongest team on paper, is defying all the odds and playing good, competitive team-cricket in this format. More often than not the big-money teams with their multi-million dollar players are quite rightly too strong for the majority of opposition, but it is such a breath of fresh air to see the so-called minnows of Trin & Tab stick it to the Daddy-Warbucks of the IPL. Going on to win the whole tournament is beyond a dream, but i'm just immensely proud that they reached the semis of a competition, that was stacked against them in doing so.

  • Thyagarajan on October 4, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    I see lot of them here have opined that it is better for CSK to meet RR than MI. I feel it is a completely wrong judgment. If at all, I feel RR is the most balanced team currently. They have the right people for every job. Dravid/Rahane for a steady start at the top followed by Sanju/Watto in the middle for acceleration and Binny/Hodge at the bottom for crisis management/slogging/chasing. MI is easier to beat compared to RR. CSK is going to have a tough time.

  • Rhonda on October 4, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    @my comments, I don't understand your point. Trinidad and Tobago produced their players on home turf, dominated the domestic season year after year, played for the CLT20 and IPL, and THEN got selected by the WI team on the basis of their performances. We were a great team long before the WI started filling the WI team with Trinis. Are you trying to say that having bred great players at home, we had an unfair advantage because we played them here after they won the World Cup? And for all those questioning our presence--the Tallawahs will be representing the Caribbean in the next edition of the Champions League. T&T won the right to be here in February of this year. Under the new format of franchise teams in August, Trinidad's best players were sold off to every other team, leaving us with almost no team, hence our poor performance in the new franchise format. I take nothing away from the Jamaicans, but they never had to play us at anywhere near full strength.

  • Dummy4 on October 4, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    The Trinidadians played awesomely.It's a team effort where every man held their strain and stuck to the task.Simmons is a classy player who is steadily proving his ability at the highest level,I hope the WI selectors will consider him in the up coming series.Sunil Narine will be an asset in any team, as he continues to be a nightmare to batmen.This competition has gained momentum and a thrilling result is expected.Best luck to the Trinis.

  • Dummy4 on October 4, 2013, 0:16 GMT

    Can people please clearly distinguish between "Indian" and "IPL"

    Indian refers to teams consisting of Indian-born players, whereas IPL refers to teams consisting of mercenaries who will play for whoever pays them the most at any given point in time.

    I still can't get my head around players who play for 3 (or more) T20 teams. How can qualifying for a world event be special when you can have half a dozen chances to make the line-up? You could win the tournament with one team while beating another team you play for in the final. And another team you play for in the semi-final! All they need now is to let players play for other teams after they get eliminated and the same player could be knocked out of the tournament 3 or 4 times!!!

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Champions League is becoming an all Indian affair.. It is more like watching IPL with a few minows from abroad..

  • Android on October 3, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    great work by t t bowlers....and after that young dimons donr a good they can find a way to wash mi in semi...

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    How about one IPL team in the tournament, instead of four? Stacking the odds much? After TT wins it all, I can't wait to see what new twist, the organizers will come up with, to guarantee an IPL team wins.

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    They might have pulled off this time around, but winning against CSK on Indian soil will not be an easy task for any team..CSK is turning out to a Aussies of (1999-2008)era...

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    @just _ a _thought : you are absolutely correct .this is a potential game plan .RR are better to face than MI. Dhoni is a captain with lot of stupid calculations .....But,the problem is he pulls off each and every trick which actually is hard to understand except for him.LUCKY and Clever captain.