T&T crush Chennai, qualify for semi-finals

CLT20: Trinidad & Tobago thrashed Chennai Super Kings by 8 wickets at Kotla.


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Trinidad & Tobago crushed Chennai Super Kings by eight wickets at Feroz Shah Kotla, destroying their vaunted batting line-up with an aggressive bowling to claim a decisive victory and qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 semi-finals on Wednesday.

A night to forget for Super Kings. They batted poorly, bowled all over the place and in the end, lost expansively.

Lendl Simmons and Rayad Emrit played key roles as the Caribbean cricket giants stunned high-flying CSK to top Group B. T&T will play Mumbai Indians in the second semi-final at Kotla on Saturday, a day after Chennai take on Rajasthan in Jaipur.

Simmons top-scored with a 41-ball 63 while left-hander Evin Lewis made 38 off 35 balls as Trinidad achieved the target with 29 deliveries to spare. The pair added 79 runs at the top to ensure an easy victory for their team.

Simmons clobbered four sixes and five fours - including 17 runs in an over from Sir Ravindra Jadeja - in his 13th Twenty20 half-century.

It was first defeat in four matches for Chennai Super Kings - their biggest in CLT20.

Earlier, the Indian T20 giants, who had already booked their place in the semi-finals, were bowled out for 118 in 19.4 overs. It was slow going for the 2010 champions against accurate bowling on a pitch of occasional low bounce.

This was Chennai's lowest total batting first in Champions League.

Opener Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina played a key role in putting up a modest total after the early dismissal of Michael Hussey. Raina anchored the innings, dominating a 55-run stand for the second wicket with Vijay before the mighty collapse.

Raina made a 29-ball 38 with three boundaries and a six while Vijay, who found some form in the previous encounter against Brisbane Heat after two ducks in a row, contributed with 27 runs.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the other notable run-getter, scoring 25 in as many balls. Chennai's hope of putting up a challenging total dived once Dhoni was dismissed in the 17th over to leave his team wallowing at 106 for seven. The Super Kings collapsed under the relentless attack of Rayad Emrit, Lendl Simmons and Ravindranath Rampaul and magnificent fielding and catching.

Pacer Emrit was the pick of the bowlers with three strikes while Rampaul and Simmons grabbed two wickets apiece. Sunil Narine, although went wicket-less, was very economical and kept the pressure from the other end.

In the first match of the day, Mumbai Indians chased down 150 in 13.2 overs to qualify for the semi-finals ahead of Otago Volts with a superior run rate.

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