From the Trinidad and Tobago cricketers’ point of view, today’s final Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) Group B match against Dwayne Bravo’s Chennai Super Kings in Delhi will be another must-win game.
They enter the match in second place in Group B, separated from the Titans by net run rate.
A win for the Caribbean side will see them qualify for the semifinals without question.
A loss for Denesh Ramdin’s men will bring net run rate into focus, and T&T coach David Williams insisted that the players don’t want to go down that road.
“It is another must-win situation for us. Right now the net run rate is very tight so we will be going out there with a lot of confidence and we will play to win the match. Whatever transpires after that, that’s that. For now we are focused on winning the game,” Williams told the Express yesterday as the team touched down in Delhi ahead of today’s encounter.
T&T’s match bowls off at 10.30 a.m. (TT Time) and is the feature game of the double-header at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.
The other match will see Mumbai Indians battle Perth Scorchers in Group A action for the other semifinal spot.
Chennai have already qualified for the semifinals along with Rajasthan Royals from Group A.
For the Super Kings, it will be an opportunity to avenge their loss to T&T in 2011 when the then Daren Ganga-led Caribbean T20 champions defended 123 to pull off a tense 12-run upset win.
T&T’s bowling led them to victory on that occasion, and Williams is hoping they can get their act together and do it again this year.
Speaking about their bowling performance in their Duckworth/Lewis win over the Titans on Monday, Williams said: “I think our bowling let us down a bit but that was the nature of the pitch, but having said that, I think our bowlers could have done a lot better.
“We need to bowl a few more yorkers. We just need to improve in that area but all in all it was a good game. The fielding was good, the batting was exceptional, but in terms of the bowling we need to touch up a bit.”
T&T’s exceptional batting against the Titans came from Evin Lewis (70) and Darren Bravo (63).
Sunil Narine leads the list of wicket-takers in the tournament with eight, and has stood out in the T&T bowling department. Leg-spinner Samuel Badree and pacers Rayad Emrit, Ravi Rampaul and Navin Stewart have yet to find consistency with the ball.
If the T&T pacers can get it right today and their batting can click again, another upset could be in sight for the Caribbean side.
T&T—Denesh Ramdin (captain), Rayad Emrit, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran, Sunil Narine, Evin Lewis, Samuel Badree, Navin Stewart, Shannon Gabriel, Yannick Ottley, Adrian Barath, Sherwin Ganga, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Bravo.
Chennai Super Kings—MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Subramaniam Badrinath, Imtiaz Ahmed, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohit Sharma, Michael Hussey, Dwayne Bravo, Albie Morkel, Jason Holder, Francois du Plessis, Chris Morris.
Today’s Fixtures at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Perth Scorchers vs Mumbai Indians, 6.30 a.m. (TT Time)
T&T vs Chennai Super Kings, 10.30 a.m. (TT Time)