TRINIDAD WIN BY 8 WICKETS!!!Trinidad 119-2 (15.1 overs) vs Chennai 118
Bravo steers Bravo to thirdman for a single to take Trinidad to a crushing victory. They beat Chennai by a massive eight-wicket margin with 29 deliveries to spare to qualify for the semi-finals in grand style as the top team from Group B.
Chennai will take on Rajasthan in the first semi-final at Jaipur on Friday, while Trinidad will clash with Mumbai Indian in the second semi-final at Delhi on Saturday. The final will be staged in Delhi on Sunday.
- ScorecardTrinidad 118-2 (15 overs) vs Chennai 118
Simmons shows Ashwin scant respect as he lofts it over long-off for a six. But the bowler gets revenge from the next delivery as Simmons holes out to deep midwicket to be dismissed after a wonderful innings of 63 from 41 balls.
He had earlier taken two wickets with the ball before his sparkling innings with the bat to play a major role in carrying Trinidad to the semi-finals.
- ScorecardTrinidad 110-1 (14 overs) vs Chennai 118
Dwayne Bravo comes into the attack. Simmons is in a rush as he hammers the first ball through the covers for a four before getting three more singles to make it seven runs from the over.
Nine runs needed from six overs for victory.
- ScorecardTrinidad 103-1 (13 overs) vs Chennai 118
Simmons taps Raina on the leg side for a single to bring up his fifty from 33 balls. Chennai are unlucky that Dhoni is unable to stop one as Simmons missed the cut shot and it goes for four byes.
Trinidad need 16 runs from seven overs for victory.
- ScorecardTrinidad 95-1 (12 overs) vs Chennai 118
Holder drops short and Simmons is quick to rock and pulls it into the stands over midwicket for a six, his third of the innings.
He top edges the pull shot but Badrinath fails to take the catch running in from long-on.
- ScorecardTrinidad 85-1 (11 overs) vs Chennai 118
Raina makes the breakthrough with the wicket of Lewis, who is trapped leg before wicket for 38 after a good opening stand of 79 runs.
Dwayne Bravo edges the last ball and it goes to the vacant thirdman region for a four.
- ScorecardTrinidad 79-0 (10 overs) vs Chennai 118
Jadeja is back into the attack after an expensive first over. And Trinidad's batsmen continue to target him.
Simmons slogs him over midwicket for a huge six before he repeats the dose off the next ball over long-on. He cuts the fourth ball past point for a four as 19 runs come from that Jadeja over, who has been smashed for 30 runs in two overs.
At the halfway stage, Trinidad are 79 for no loss, needing 40 from 10 overs for victory.
Lewis is 38 from 34 balls, while Simmons has hit 39 from 26 balls.
- ScorecardTrinidad 60-0 (9 overs) vs Chennai 118
Raina continues to keep it tight as he gives away three runs in his second over as Trinidad reach 60 for no loss after three overs.
- ScorecardTrinidad 57-0 (8 overs) vs Chennai 118
Dhoni continues to rotate his bowlers as pacer Holder comes into the attack. Three runs from the first three balls before Simmons pulls a short ball behind square on the leg side for a four. The next ball is again on the pads as Simmons flicks it fine for one to get nine runs from the over.
- ScorecardTrinidad 48-0 (7 overs) vs Chennai 118
Part-timer Suresh Raina comes into the attack as the frontline pacers Mohit Sharma and Jason Holder are yet to have a bowl.
Raina makes a good start, giving away just three runs in his first over. Trinidad in control with two set batsmen out in the middle and 71 runs needed from 13 overs for victory.
- ScorecardTrinidad 45-0 (6 overs) vs Chennai 118
Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack. Lewis immediately decides to target the left-arm spinner as he lofts the first ball over the cover region for a four. The next ball is short and wide as Lewis punches it through the off-side for another boundary.
Jadeja then gets the edge but Dhoni is unable to get his gloves to it and flies past Raina at first slip for two runs.
11 runs from Jadeja's first over as Trinidad continue their good start with the bat.
- ScorecardTrinidad 34-0 (5 overs) vs Chennai 118
Trinidad's openers playing quite sensibly in the initial overs, taking the singles and hitting the loose balls for boundaries.
Simmons flicks Ashwin through the leg side for a four as the off-spinner drifts on the pads to get six runs from the over.
- ScorecardTrinidad 28-0 (4 overs) vs Chennai 118
Trinidad break free courtesy of Lewis, who hits Morkel for three boundaries in the fourth over.
The left-hander glances the second ball fine beating the short fine leg fielder before pulling the next delivery through midwicket.
He throws his bat at the last ball but gets a thick inside edge which goes behind the wicket for the third four of the over.
- ScorecardTrinidad 15-0 (3 overs) vs Chennai 118
Ashwin bowls another good over giving away just three runs as Trinidad reach 15 for no loss after three overs.
The two Trinidad openers are quite to content to play it safe and not lose too many wickets at the start.
- ScorecardTrinidad 12-0 (2 overs) vs Chennai 118
Albie Morkel to bowl the second over. Simmons defends the first two balls before taking one from the third ball. Lewis hits the last ball of that over for a boundary.
- ScorecardTrinidad 7-0 (1 over) vs Chennai 118
Trinidad will feel confident of chasing down this paltry score by Chennai.
Off-spinner R Ashwin will open the bowling as Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis walk out to open the batting.
Simmons edges the first ball from Ashwin, which is the carrom ball and goes straight, taking the edge and goes between Dhoni and Raina at first slip for a four.
Three more singles as Trinidad score seven runs from the first over.
- ScorecardChennai 118 all out (19.4 overs) vs Trinidad
Ashwin charges down the wicket to Emrit, who bowls a high full toss and hits the batsman on the fingers on his bowling hand.
Jason Holder is dismissed first ball as he tries for a big hit down the ground but holes out to Simmons at long-on.
Ashwin is then run out as he loses his bat at the non-striker's end before trying to sprint for a single.
- ScorecardChennai 116-8 (19 overs) vs Trinidad
Morkel struggles to four from 16 balls before Rampaul ends his misery. The left-hander is beaten by the change of pace and misses the attempted cross batted loft shot on the leg side as the stumps are shattered.
R Ashwin breaks the shackles as he carts a full delivery over long-on for a much-needed six for Chennai.
But CSK lose the wicket of Badrinath from the next delivery, who is run out for three as he was sent midway after going for an impossible second run.
- ScorecardChennai 106-6 (18 overs) vs Trinidad
Subramaniam Badrinath finally gets a chance to bat, as he comes in at No. 8. Narine continues his good showing with the ball, giving away just four singles as Badri and Morkel play out the spinner's final over.
Narine finishes with wonderful figures of 12 runs from four overs, including 15 dot balls.
- ScorecardChennai 102-6 (17 overs) vs Trinidad
Emrit drops short and Dhoni promptly despatches it to the fence on the leg side for a boundary.
But four balls Emrit has the last laugh as Dhoni succumbs to the pressure. He goes for the big heave on the leg side but ends up holing out to Simmons at long-on, who completes a well judged catch.
Dhoni falls for 25 as Chennai look in big trouble at 102 for six after 17 overs.
- ScorecardChennai 94-5 (16 overs) vs Trinidad
Dhoni takes a single from Narine's first delivery before Morkel can only defend the rest of the over. Infact, he is beaten by the last ball of that over but the appeal for LBW is turned down. Narine has conceded just eight runs from his three overs.
- ScorecardChennai 93-5 (15 overs) vs Trinidad
Dhoni is keeping his cool and with wickets falling around him he perhaps has no choice but to keep going till the last few overs and then launch an all-out attack.
Dhoni and Albie Morkel collect five singles from the 15th over bowled by Rampaul to take Chennai to 93 for five.
- ScorecardChennai 88-5 (14 overs) vs Trinidad
It continues to get worse for Chennai as Ravindra Jadeja is run out for three. The left-hander responded to a quick call from his captain but the fielder at midwicket caught him short with a direct hit.
What a superb over from Narine, giving away just a single.
- ScorecardChennai 87-4 (13 overs) vs Trinidad
Emrit claims the wicket of Bravo, who is caught behind for two to leave Chennai in trouble at 84 for four. Another good over for Trinidad, four runs and a wicket as Chennai continue to slip.
- ScorecardChennai 83-3 (12 overs) vs Trinidad
Ottley to bowl his second over. New batsman Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo watchfully collect five singles from that over as Trinidad look to build the pressure.
- ScorecardChennai 78-3 (11 overs) vs Trinidad
Simmons checks Chennai's progress with the wicket of the in-form Raina. The left-hander heaved the medium pacer on the leg side for a four before Simmons had the last laugh.
Raina, who made 38 from 29 balls, tries to play the sweep but is caught at short fine leg.
Simmons has two for 10 in two overs.
- ScorecardChennai 72-2 (10 overs) vs Trinidad
Mystery spinner Sunil Narine comes into the attack now. Dhoni hits the third ball past point fielder for a four before he is forced to defend the last three balls of the over.
- ScorecardChennai 66-2 (9 overs) vs Trinidad
Vijay throws his wicket away after getting off to a good start, as he inside edges Lendl Simmons back on to his stumps to be bowled for 27 from 24 balls.
A good start by Simmons, giving away four runs, while making the breakthrough.
- ScorecardChennai 62-1 (8 overs) vs Trinidad
Medium pacer Rayad Emrit comes into the attack. Two singles from the first three balls before Raina drives a wide delivery through the covers for a four to get eight from that over.
- ScorecardChennai 54-1 (7 overs) vs Trinidad
Badree will finish off as he comes to bowl his fourth over on the trot. He concedes five runs in his final over including a leg bye to finish with 24 runs from four overs.
- ScorecardChennai 49-1 (6 overs) vs Trinidad
Left-arm spinner Yannick Ottley comes into the attack in place of Rampaul, who bowled two overs for 16 runs and picked the wicket of Hussey.
Vijay makes room and drives the second ball through the covers for a four before Raina comes down and lofts it straight back over the bowler's head for the first six of the match.
Chennai have done well after that early wicket to race to 49 for one after six overs with 34 coming from the last three. Both Raina and Vijay are on 23 each from 16 and 18 balls respectively as the IPL side are threatening to take control with the bat.
- ScorecardChennai 36-1 (5 overs) vs Trinidad
Raina getting confident with every passing minute at the crease. He makes most of some room as he drives Badree through the off-side for his first boundary. Three singles before Vijay ends the over with a four as he flicks it fine on the leg side beating the fielder inside the circle.
- ScorecardChennai 25-1 (4 overs) vs Trinidad
Rampaul keeps it short to Raina, who tucks it behind square on the leg side for a couple before he steals a quick single from the next.
Raina then steers the fourth ball past point for two runs and repeats the shot off the next ball for the same result.
10 runs from that over takes CSK to 25 for one after four overs.
- ScorecardChennai 15-1 (3 overs) vs Trinidad
Badree to continue after a good first over. Raina turns the second ball on the leg side for one before Vijay flicks the fifth ball square on the leg side for a couple.
He punches the last ball wide of the fielder at mid-off for his second four.
- ScorecardChennai 8-1 (2 overs) vs Trinidad
Vijay gets the first boundary as he steers Ravi Rampaul behind point before he takes one from the next ball.
Hussey is then beaten by a full quick delivery which goes through his defences to bowl him for one.
New batsman Suresh Raina gets off the mark with a single from the last ball.
- ScorecardChennai 2-0 (1 over) vs Trinidad
Murali Vijay and Mike Hussey to open the batting for Chennai, who have opted to play the same team. Leg-spinner Samuel Badree to bowl the first over.
Hussey gets off the mark with a single to midwicket off the first ball. Vijay plays four dot balls before he takes a single from the last ball to retain strike as Badree concedes just two runs in his first over.
Trinidad and Tobago captain Denesh Ramdin has won the toss and elected to bowl against Chennai Super Kings, in the 20th match of the Champions League in Delhi.
It's a do-or-die situation for Trinidad, who need to win this match to qualify for the semi-finals or at the best a very narrow defeat to pip Titans, while Chennai are already through after winning their first three matches.
Mumbai: 152-4 (13.2 overs)
Perth: 149-6 (20 overs)
Beer's final over is a good one, just five runs coming off it. Pollard, having played a second fiddle so far, gets into the act smashing Behrendorff for a huge six.
A single off Hogg helps Rohit complete a well-deserved fifty. It's been a great innings from the MI captain.
However, Hogg gives Perth a reason to cheer by getting past Pollard's (23) defense. Too late though, one must say.
Rayudu seals it with a couple of sixes off Agar. Mumbai Indians win in 13.2 overs to become the third IPL side to qualify for the semi-finals.
Mumbai: 117-3 (10 overs)
Perth: 149-6 (20 overs)
Kieron Pollard joins his captain at the crease. It is up to this pair to do it for Mumbai.
Ashton Agar into the attack in the eighth over. Rohit hits an inside out six off the second ball as 12 runs come off the over. Mumbai reach the 100-run mark in the ninth over.
Paris' second over costs Perth 17 runs.
Mumbai: 74-3 (7 overs)
Perth: 149-6 (20 overs)
Joel Paris replaces Behrendorff (2-0-18-2) in the attack in the sixth over. Smith welcomes him with a boundary over mid-off and Rohit follows it up with a six over square leg as 19 runs come off the over.
It's a twin bowling change as Brad Hogg replaces Beer (3-0-29-0) in the attack in the seventh over. Smith welcomes him with a huge six over deep midwicket. However, a brilliant catch by Behrendorff in the boundary cuts short Smith's (48) innings.
Smith's 24-ball 48 was inclusive of five hits to the fence and three over it and he helped his captain add 38 runs (off just 14 balls) for the third wicket.
Mumbai: 47-1 (5 overs)
Perth: 149-6 (20 overs)
Glenn Maxwell is the new batsman. Beer bowls a good second over, giving away just five runs.
Behrendorff's second over is an expensive one, 13 runs coming off it with both batsman finding the fence. However, the bowler has the last lasugh, having Maxwell (10) caught off the last ball, by Brad Hogg at short third man.
Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai captain, joins Smith as the crease. The latter continues with his aggression with a boundary and six off Beer.
Mumbai: 16-1 (2 overs)
Perth: 149-6 (20 overs)
Sachin Tendulkar and Dwayne Smith to open the batting for Mumbai and it will be Michael Beer first up for Perth.
Mumbai need to win in 14.2 overs, rather 14.5 if the scores are tied and the winning shot is a six.
Smith gets into the act with almost immediate effect, hitting the second ball to the fence and clearing the fence off the fourth ball as 11 runs come off the first over.
Jason Behrendorff to bowl with the second new ball. Smith hits the third ball to the fence. However, the bowler silences the crowd by having Sachin Tendulkar (0) caught by Whiteman at square leg.
Perth: 149-6 (20 overs)
Coulter-Nile has North (3) caught by Pollard at long-on for his third wicket. He ends with figures of three for 19.
Dhawan to bowl the final over. Whiteman hits the first ball to the fence. But the bowler gets past the defence of Tom Triffitt (1) with his third ball.
A boundary off the fifth ball, his sixth, helps Whiteman complete a well-deserved fifty.
Perth make 149 for six in their stipulated 20 overs. The home team need to get them in 14 overs to reach the last four.
Tough ask for Mumbai this.
Perth: 114-4 (16 overs)
Sam Whiteman replaces his captain at the crease. Ojha's second over is an expensive one, 11 runs coming off it with both the batsman finding the fence.
The duo put together 58 runs for the third wicket before Coulter-Nile returns to make a double breakthrough.
He first gets past Cartwright's (28) defense before trapping Ashton Turner (0) leg before in the next ball.
Marcus North survives the hat-trick ball.
Perth: 57-2 (10 overs)
Dhawan's second over is an expensive one, 12 runs coming off it with Agar helping himself to successive boundaries.
Pollard (1-0-6-0) is taken off after one over. Glenn Maxwell comes in to bowl and is unlucky as Dinesh Karthik misses the simplest of stumping chances. Agar survives.
Pragyan Ojha replaces Dhawan (2-0-13-0) in the attack in the 10th over and strikes second ball, getting through the defenses of Agar (35).
Agar's 40-ball 35 was inclusive of six hits to the fence and he helped his captain add 55 runs for the opening wicket.
Hilton Cartwright comes out to the crease. However, Ojha strikes again three balls later, cleaning up Katich (13).
Perth: 35-0 (7 overs)
The first boundary of the Perth innings comes in the fifth ball of Harbhajan's second over, off Agar's blade in front of square. The batsman gets his second boundary in Coulter-Nile's second over.
Rishi Dhawan replaces Coulter-Nile (2-0-11-0) in the attack in the sixth over. He concedes just a single first up.
It's a twin bowling change as Kieron Pollard comes in place of Harbhajan (3-0-13-0) in the next over.
Perth: 6-0 (2 overs)
Harbhajan Singh to open the bowling for Mumbai while Ashton Agar and Simon Katich start out for Perth. Just one run off the over.
Nathan Coulter-Nile to bowl with the second new ball. He gives away five runs.
Mumbai Indians won the toss and invited Perth Scorchers to bat first in their Champions League T20 match at Ferozshah Kotla.
It's a must win game for Mumbai.
"We pretty much know what the equation is. So we decided chasing would be the better option," reasons captain Rohit Sharma.
"We need to restrict them first," he adds. His opposite number, Simon Katich, wasn't too perturbed with the toss loss.
"It looks like to be taking some turn. So we were looking to get some runs first," he says.