About the Match
Chennai Super Kings meet Trinidad and Tobago in last CLT20 ground game which is perhaps the most important one for T&T on 2nd October. CSK has already made it to the next stage with 12 points
; however, the result of this match will decide the position of the team in Group B. CSK will try to maintain topmost position, leaving the contest for a semi-final berth to Titans and T&T that will be decided by NRR, as both have 8 points. At present T&T have better NRR of +0.492 whereas Titans have NRR +0.166. If T&T loses the match against CSK miserably, their NRR will come down and then Titans will qualify. This is a crucial match for T&T who have done extremely well to reach 2nd position on the table.
Chennai Super Kings:
CSK is a very strong team in all departments of the game, tackling any pressure situation; raising the scoring rate at will and lowering the morale of the opposing team. They have won all the three matches with huge margins and without any panicking even when chasing huge targets. Dhoni with Hussey and Raina can bring a massive rush of runs at will. Dhoni is in superb touch which is evident from the fact that he scored the fastest Fifty of CLT20 consuming just 16 balls in the match against Brisbane Heat. Raina has been consistent with the bat which compensated for the missed catches. Bravo has been contributing to the success of the team as an all-rounder. CSK will be on top of table in Group B if they win this match but if they lose the match, they will equal T&T and the semi-final position will then be decided based on NRR where CSK presently is better compared to T&T.
Trinidad and Tobago:
Uncertainty prevails on the fate of this team in terms of making it to the next stage. If they win, they will equal CSK on points, but the deciding factor will be NRR. If they lose, their qualification to go to next stage will again be through NRR but this time against Titans, who also have 8 points. As of now, the NRR of T&T is +0.492 against +0.166 of Titans. If they lose this match with a huge margin, their NRR will come down and lose the semi-final sport to Titans. T&T have the guns to fire and Sunil Narine has been superb as an all-rounder, who answered the call of the captain in bowling and dismissed important wickets at the right time thus ousting the chances of Titans winning the contest today. The team will definitely come out with all guns blazing against CSK.
CSK has qualified to the next stage but will try to remain in the No.1 spot going in to the semis. Will T&T who have a better NRR against Titans fight it out with CSK to remove the uncertainty of their qualification? Both teams have extremely good players and have always come out on top of their game. Though T&T is a tough side to beat, the team from Chennai will probably have the last laugh.
Chennai Super Kings, 1.44 @ William Hill