01-Oct-2013 08:42:00 GMT
Chennai v Trinidad and Tobago, CLT20, New Delhi
Must Win Game for T&T Against Chennai
New Delhi: A resurgent Trinidad and Tobago will face an uphill task of taming a rampaging Chennai Super Kings in order to book a semifinal berth when they clash in their Champions League Twenty20 encounter on Wednesday.
The Caribbean side, which finished runners up in 2009, faces their toughest test in the league so far against the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led unit which has already sealed its spot in the final four.
The T&T side was blessed by a Duckworth-Lewis win over Titans yesterday to put their campaign back on track after they were blown away by Thisara Perera of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the earlier match.
They got the better of the South African side by six runs in their last match to shrug off the loss against the Sunrisers after starting in a convincing fashion against Brisbane Heat of Australia.
If T&T fail to tame the Chennai giants, given the run-rate scenario in Group B, the Islanders would want to curtail the margin of defeat as they are placed second, ahead of the Titans in the table.
Both T&T and Titans have eight points each from two wins but the former side have a better run-rate (+0.407) as compared to the Titans (+0.228).
But given the form the Chennai-based team is in, T&T skipper Denesh Ramdin would be urging his boy to go all out to accomplish what would be an arduous task.
T&T have impressed with the bat, with decent contributions coming in from opener Evin Lewis and experienced international Darren Bravo.
The team would be expecting Nicolas Pooran and Lendl Simmons, who impressed with the ball in the last match, to step up and take the side home in a crucial clash, besides banking on Ramdin's experience.
On the bowling front, they heavily rely on pacer Ravi Rampaul and spinner Sunil Narine to deliver the goods and the duo has done a decent job so far to keep them in the hunt for a semi-final spot.
Narine leads the highest wicket takers tally with eight wickets in the competition.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (Capt. & wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, S Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Jason Holder, Michael Hussey, Imtiaz Ahmed, Ravindra Jadeja, Albie Morkel, Chris Morris, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Mohit Sharma, Murali Vijay.
Trinidad & Tobago: Denesh Ramdin (Capt.), Samuel Badree, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Rayad Emrit, Shannon Gabriel, Sherwin Ganga, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Yannick Ottley, Nicolas Pooran, Ravi Rampaul, Lendl Simmons, Navin Stewart.
Wednesday October 2, 2013 (day/night)
Start time 2000 local (1430 GMT)