by Daniel Grummitt
Lendl Simmons followed up his brace of wickets with a half-century in Trinidad & Tobago’s comfortable win.
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Trinidad & Tobago 119-2 (Simmons 63) beat
Chennai Super Kings 118 by 8 wickets
Champions League T20, Group B Match, Delhi
Trinidad & Tobago top Group B of the Champions League T20 following an unexpected thrashing of favourites Chennai Super Kings in Delhi.
Rayad Emrit, Lendl Simmons and Ravi Rampaul combined to dismiss Chennai for just 118, with Simmons then making 63 as Trinidad & Tobago chased down that total with almost five overs to spare and for the loss of just two wickets.
The result means that Trinidad & Tobago will play Mumbai Indians in the second semi-final on Saturday in Delhi, with Chennai Super Kings taking on Rajasthan Royals on Friday in Jaipur.
Chennai actually made a reasonable start after being asked to bat. They lost Mike Hussey in the second over to Ravi Rampaul, but Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina added 55 in 39 balls for the second-wicket.
However, both were removed in consecutive overs from Simmons and only one other Chennai batsman reached double figures. That man was captain MS Dhoni, who was eventually sixth man out for a run-a-ball 25.
Chennai weren’t helped by three run-outs towards the end of their innings, but the damage was done earlier by Simmons, Emrit and Rampaul, who added the wicket of Albie Morkel to that of Hussey.
The Trinidad & Tobago spin pair of Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine were effective without taking a wicket. Badree got through his four customary overs of leg-spin up front for a cost of only 24 runs, while Narine proved almost impossible to get away, conceding just 12 runs from his four overs, and must surely take some credit for the wickets taken by the seamers by way of the pressure that he created.
Openers Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis then ensured that there would be no stumbling over a small total from Trinidad & Tobago. The pair added 79 in 10 overs before Lewis was trapped leg-before by Suresh Raina for 38 off 35 balls. Simmons remained until almost the end, but gave R Ashwin a bonus wicket when on 63. He had reached 50 off just 33 balls to cap a fine all-round match.
Chennai Super Kings won’t be overly perturbed at finishing second in the group as they avoid IPL champions Mumbai Indians. Following the latter’s huge win over Perth Scorchers earlier in the evening, Trinidad & Tobago are the sole non-IPL team in the last four.
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