Trinidad & Tobago 6-188 (Evin Lewis 70, Darren Bravo 63, Marchant de Lange 3-38) beat Titans 6-153 (Henry Davids 42, Jacques Rudolph 31, Lendl Simmons 2-18, Sunil Narine 2-23) by six runs (D/L) method.
A sterling partnership for the second wicket by Evin Lewis and Darren Bravo ended up in winning an important encounter for Trinidad & Tobago against Titans.
T & T powered 188 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 20 overs and Titans scored 153 with four wickets in hand in 17 overs when play was stopped because of the weather.
Evin Lewis (Trinidad & Tobago) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his attacking knock of 70 off 35 mere balls.
The 16th match of the Champions League Twenty20 in Group B was played on Monday, September 30, 2013, at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad.
Earlier, Henry Davids won the toss for Titans and invited T&T to bat first. They went one wicket down at four when Evin Lewis along with Darren Bravo started to consolidate the innings. The batsmen opted to attack while Lewis hit 2 back to back sixes and 1 four in the third over whereas Bravo got three boundaries in the fourth one. Evin Lewis continued with his onslaught and added 2 lofty sixes and 4 fours in the next three overs. He smashed his second Twenty20 fifty on the 21st ball and accumulated another 1 six and 2 fours until the end of the 11th over.
Bravo got 11 runs in the 12th one with 1 six and 1 four while the second wicket partnership was dislodged at 113 in 12.2 overs. The superb innings of Lewis came to an end on 70 off 35 mere deliveries with 5 towering sixes and 7 fours. Nicolas Pooran walked in next as Darren Bravo dispatched 3 sixes in the 15th over and completed his 8th Twenty20 half century. Pooran was gone for 11, he was replaced by Navin Stewart whereas Bravo became the next victim for 63 off just 44 balls with 4 big sixes and 5 fours. Stewart scored 23 as Trinidad & Tobago hammered 188 with four wickets remaining after 20 overs.
Marchant de Lange was the highest wicket taker with three whereas Morne Morkel, Henry Davids and Roelof van der Merwe shared one wicket each.
Henry Davids and Jacques Rudolph got off to a rising start when they hit 5 fours in the second over. The first hit 1 six and 2 fours in the next one while the duo got 1 six and 2 fours in the coming overs. Davids was clean bowled by Rayad Emrit for 42 off just 22 with 2 sixes and 6 fours as the total touched 65 in 6.4 overs. The incoming batsman, Heino Kuhn, scored seven runs and Rudolph was caught by Emrit off Lendl Simmons for 31 from 28 with 4 fours. Titans were struggling at 4-88 in 10.4 overs as AB de Villiers and Farhaan Behardien associated at the crease.
Behardien hit 2 sixes and de Villiers chipped in with one six after the last ball of the 14th over was bowled. The duo punished Emrit for 22 runs in the 15th one with 2 sixes and even fours as Farhaan Behardien was caught by Lewis at deep midwicket off Sunil Narine for 29 from 19 with 3 sixes. Narine held another wicket in the same over and Titans required 48 runs from the last 24 deliveries. The game was called off after 17 overs because of heavy rain as de Villiers held his end at 29 and Titans managed 6-153 runs.
Sunil Narine and Lendl Simmons secured two wickets each whereas Sunil Badree and Rayad Emrit got one wicket each.
Trinidad & Tobago won the match against Titans by a margin of six runs as per Duckworth/Lewis method and earned four points.
Team standings in Group B
Chennai Super Kings
Matches 3 – Won 3 – Points 12 – Net Run Rate +1.143
Trinidad & Tobago
Matches 3 – Won 2 – Lost 1 – Points 8 – N RR +0.492
Matches 4 – Won 2 – Lost 2 – Points 8 – N RR +0.166
Matches 3 – Won 1 – Lost 2 – Points 4 – N RR -0.622
Matches 3 – Lost 3 – Points 0 – N RR -1.028