Trinidad & Tobago set 124-run target against Chennai in CLT20

Trinidad & Tobago opener Lendl Simmons in action during their CLT20 match against Chennai Super Kings AFP

Chennai: Oct 2, 2011

Doug Bollinger and Shadab Jakati shared five wickets between them as Chennai Super Kings restricted Trinidad and Tobago to a meagre 123 for eight in their must-win Champions league Twenty20 match.

Batting was not easy on the M A Chidambaram wicket as it did not allow much of a stroke-making. The spinners got help from the track and the Chennai pacemen made it all the more difficult for the Caribbeans by bowling a very tight line.

Opener William Perkins top scored for the T and T with his 28-ball 34 while Kevon Cooper (28) and Adrian Barath (23) also played useful knocks.

It was Cooper who helped his side go past the 100-run mark as he reeled off three sixes and a four in his 10 ball knock before getting out in the last ball of the innings.

Runs did not come freely for the Caribbean batsmen after deciding to bat as Bollinger (3/30) and Albie Morkel bowled tight, although the pacemen were punished when strayed.

Dwayne Bravo and Jakati (2/18) continued the good work as only three boundaries came in the first eight overs with Trinidad and Tobago managing just 34 runs on the board.

The agile Chennai fielders supported the bowlers superbly although left-arm spinner Jakati dropped a chance off his own bowling when Lendl Simmons smashed one straight to the bowler.

Perkins came out of the shell as he first hit a six off R Ashwin in the ninth over and then lofted Jakati for his second big shot but only to get out in the next ball, handing S Badrinath an easy catch.

Simmons ran himself out in the next over and then Jakati struck the rivals big blow by dismissing dangerous Darren Bravo (1) off his own bowling.

Skipper Daren Ganga also did not help the team’s cause as he top-edged one off Ashwin to Suresh Raina, leaving the side struggling at 72 for four in the 15th over.

Luckily for T&T, Cooper got going and the side got something on board to fight. (PTI)

Brief Scores: T&T 123 for 8 in 20 overs (William Perkins 34, Kevon Cooper 28*, Adrian Barath 23; Doug Bollinger 3 for 30, Shadab Jakati 2 for 18) vs CSK.

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