Champions League T20

T&T claim first victory

2011-10-02 20:03
Ravi Rampaul (File)
Chennai - Sunil Narine took 3/8 to keep Trinidad & Tobago hanging on by the skin of their teeth as they wrenched a 12-run victory over the Chennai Super Kings in their CLT20 match in Chennai on Sunday.

Man-of-the-match Narine snapped T&T out of their limbo, taking the first two crucial wickets, that of Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina, before Ravi Rampaul dismissed Mike Hussey to have the the IPL champions lurching on 27/3.

Chennai kept to their task, but at far too slow a pace thanks mainly to tight bowling and a tardy track, and eventually they just ran out of deliveries.

Dwanye Bravo tried his best to get his team as close as possible to the target, thereby limiting the damage to their net run rate, with an unbeaten 22-ball 32, and Morkel Morkel joined him in this quest, hiting two massive sixes off the final two deliveries.

Earlier, three wickets for Doug Bollinger helped restrict Trinidad & Tobago to 123 for eight.

Having elected to bat first, T&T started off well enough - albeit a tad slow - with a 52-run partnership for the first wicket between Lendl Simmons (20) and William Perkins (34) off 9.3 overs.

But, it all went pear-shaped as they lost both openers in the space of three six balls, and T&T were not able to string together any significant partnership after that, losing wickets at regular intervals.

T&T did, however, strike out in the final five overs with 49 runs, even though they did lose four men doing so.

Bollinger finished with 3/30.


Chennai Super Kings: M Vijay, MEK Hussey, SK Raina, S Badrinath, MS Dhoni*†, JA Morkel, DJ Bravo, WP Saha, R Ashwin, DE Bollinger, SB Jakati

Trinidad & Tobago:
LMP Simmons, WKD Perkins, AB Barath, DM Bravo, D Ganga*, D Ramdin†, S Ganga, K Cooper, R Rampaul, SP Narine, S Badree

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