Chennai: The defending Champions Chennai Super Kings square of against Trinidad and Tobago keeping in mind that a win on Sunday at MA Chidambaram stadium will take them closer to a semifinal berth whereas Trinidad and Tobago would look for their first win of the tournament.
Both the teams started their campaign in a similar fashion, after narrowly losing their opening matches against Mumbai Indians after they seemed to be control in the most of the match. While Chennai bounced back against Cobras thanks to the gem of an innings by Dwayne Bravo, T&T suffered another heart break when they lost the second match against New South Wales in the Super Over.
With a win and a loss so far, Chennai would want to ensure that there are no further hiccups and their passage to the semis is smooth by winning the remaining two league engagements. Group A has been thrown wide open after rain denied an outright win to Mumbai Indians against Cape Cobras in Bangalore on Friday night and the teams were forced to split points.
Chennai have won one from two outings for two points and should clinch both their matches to progress to the semifinal stage.
Super Kings have been one of the consistent team in the T20 format and win in both the matches from here will ensure their place in the semi-finals. Seen as the favourites to lift the trophy, Chennai has not been in the best of form so far. Going by the hosts' performance in their last two outings on the newly-laid pitches here, Chennai's batsmen have looked unsettled.
Apart from Dwayne Bravo and Michael Hussey, their batting has looked quite vulnerable, but one thing that works in favour of the Chennai is playing on home turf. Chennai have won nine of their 10 matches here making them quite a force in their own backyard and given that Trinidad and Tobago are not in particularly good form, the hosts can fancy their chances of keeping that reputation intact.
The Daren Ganga-led Trinidad and Tobago have found it tough to cope with the conditions and it would be quite an upset if they manage to come out trumps on Sunday. Missing key stars stars such Kieron Pollard (with Mumbai Indians) and Bravo (Chennai Super Kings), Trinidad and Tobago have so far lacked the spunk which took them to the finals in 2009.
They have twice squandered winning opportunities in the event to be without points so far but despite the debacles, the side cannot be written off. Players such as young batsman Adrian Barath and all-rounder Darren Bravo are capable of turning around games and the team would look up to them to deliver the goods from here on.