Sunil Narine

Sunil Narine (right) conceded only 12 off his four overs which prevented Chennai Super Kings to get a momentum in the middle overs © IANS (File Photo)

By Sarang Bhalerao

Oct 2, 2013

Trinidad and Tobago bowled out Chennai Super Kings to 118 in a Group B encounter of Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) 2013 at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on Wednesday. Trinidad have to score at least 113 (upto five runs less than the Chennia total) in order to qualify for the semi-final. If Trinidad chase the runs inside 17.4 overs they will top the group.

Regular wickets in the middle overs pegged Chennai’s progress. The middle-order collapse didn’t help Chennai’s cause. Barring MS Dhoni (25 off 25 balls) the middle-order failed to guide Chennai to a total of respectability. Dwayne Bravo (two off four deliveries), Ravindra Jadeja (three off six balls), Albie Morkel (four from 16 balls) and Subramaniam Badrinath (three from five balls) struggled to get the ball off the square. Sunil Narine conceded only 12 off his four overs.

Ravi Rampaul started the proceeding dismissing Michael Hussey in his first over. Rampaul got the fourth ball off his over to jag back getting the better of in-form Michael Hussey.

Murali Vijay looked in sublime touch right from the outset. His first boundary was a well-timed “on-the-up” shot off Rampaul that threaded the gap between backward point and covers. Samuel Badree’s short ball was hit back with utter disdain straight back down the ground. Yannick Ottley, who replaced Jason Mohammad in Trinidad line-up, was driven languidly through the covers by Vijay which highlighted the fact that he was in good touch. Just when Vijay looked ominous his innings was nipped in the bud by the military medium pace of Lendl Simmons. Vijay got the inside-edge to an innocuous short delivery that rattled his stumps.

The fall of Vijay’s wicket got Dhoni in the middle.Narine’s introduction was held back till nine overs. Denesh Ramdin designed an aggressive field for Dhoni who caressed the mystery bowler past short third-man to kickstart his innings. At the other end Raina was in fine form. He looked comfortable in the middle timing the ball well. He lofted Ottley straight down the ground for six. Regular boundaries and singles kept the run-rate moving and Raina looked to take the game away from Trinidad. He got out to a leg-side half-volley from Simmons which was hit in the hands of short fine-leg. Raina was dismissed for 38.

Dwayne Bravo’s stay was brief. He tried to flash Rayad Emrit hard without moving his feet thus edging the ball to Ramdin. Ravindra Jadeja walked in ahead of Badrinath but he was run-out after failing to run in straight line. Jadeja turned the direction due to which he lost the valuable seconds thus failing to reach the ground by a few inches.

Chennai still held back Badrinath and promoted Morkel, who was befuddled by tight bowling from Trinidad bowlers. Narine’s deliveries were akin to the Da Vinci code for Morkel but he held the fort. He played out nine dot balls out of 10 deliveries faced. Eventually he fell for four off his sixteenth delivery bowled neck and crop by Rampaul.

Ravichandran Ashwin hit a six off the penultimate over off Rampaul and got the things moving. Badrinath was run-out in the final ball of the 19th over as the confusion and chaos led to his downfall — as was the pattern of the Chennai innings.

Jason Holder was out trying to hit Emrit over long-on but he failed to clear Simmons. In the end, Chennai’s innings ended with a run-out of Ashwin as the off-spinner was confused where to run. He returned to his end but then realised he had to reach the other end. He lost valuable time and was run-out.

Trinidad will top the group if they win the game inside 17.4 overs. Will Chennai bowlers rise up to the occasion after the insipid batting display?

Brief scores:

Chennai Super Kings 118 in 19.4 overs (Suresh Raina 38, Murali Vijay 27; Rayad Emrit 3 for 21) vs Trinidad and Tobago.

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(Sarang Bhalerao hails from a family of doctors, but did his engineering. He then dumped a career in IT with Infosys to follow his heart and passion and became a writer with CricketCountry. A voracious reader, Sarang aspires to beat Google with his knowledge of the game! You can follow him on Twitter here)