Defending champions suffer semi final blow

Felix Austin | cricket20

Trinidad and Tobago kept alive their faint hopes of reaching the t20 Champions League semi finals thanks to a 12 runs victory over the Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

The defeat leaves the Super Kings hopes of reaching the semi finals hanging by a thread; the defending champions go into Tuesday’s final group match with their destiny completing out of their hands.

With all five teams in the group still in the hunt for a semi final place, the permutations are almost endless. The Super Kings can still find themselves knocked out even if the beat the New South Wales Blues.

Faced with a run chase of 124, the Super Kings suffered a torrid time collapsing to just 52-5 thanks to some impressing bowling Sunil Narine (3-8) who picked up two early wickets.

Dwayne Bravo offered the Super Kings some hope with a quick fire 32 but the West Indians remained in control to keep their own faint hope of reaching the semi finals alive.

Despite struggerling early on Trinidad and Tobago recovered well to record a very good total of 123-8 on a wicket which favoured the bowling team.

William Perkins (34) and Kevon Cooper (28) led the way to leave the Super Kings facing a very tricky run chase which proved too much for the defending IPL champions.

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