New Delhi: A clinical display saw Trinidad and Tobago beating Chennai Super Kings by eight wickets, topping Group B and booking their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20.
After restricting a strong CSK outfit to mere 118 runs, the T&T batsmen made a short work of the run chase, scoring the required runs with 29 balls to spare and ensuring their spot in the semis.
While Rayan Emrit (3 for 21) shone with the ball, Lendl Simmons displayed an all-round effort, picking up 2 for 10 and smashing 63 off 41 balls to get the Man-of-the-Match award.
Lendl Simmons took two wickets and scored 63 off 41 balls. (BCCI)
With this win, T&T got the equal number of points (12) as CSK but toppled the Indian side in net run rate.
They will play Mumbai Indians in the second semi-final at the same venue on Saturday, while Chennai Super Kings will take on Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Friday in the first semi-final.
Besides Emrit's three wickets and Simmons' two, Ravi Rampaul also chipped in with two. Mystery spinner Sunil Narine (12 in 4 overs) kept a tight leash on CSK batsmen but went without a wicket.
It was a match where CSK performed well below par and much of the blame should be taken by their batsmen who failed to notch up a decent enough total. With seven players failing to reach double digits and poor running between the wickets leading to three run-outs was like insult to injury.
Defending 119 was never going to be enough on a slow Kotla track and Simmons and Evin Lewis (38) added 79 runs for the opening stand to shut out any chances that CSK would have had to come back in the match.
While Ravichandran Ashwin (1 for 24) was economical and Suresh Raina (1 for 16) did his bit to contain the T&T batsmen, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja was taken to the cleaners by Simmons, who scored the bulk of the 30 runs that the Saurashtra allrounder gave away in his two overs.
(With PTI inputs)