CSK made it look easier than it was having lost opening batsman Murali Vijay in the opening over of their chase. But they recovered pretty well when Suresh Raina and Michael Hussey were at the crease. Dwayne Bravo batted breezily as well, ensuring the four-wicket win with seven balls to spare.
In the other match a ferocious bowling attack led by Ravi Rampaul set Trinidad & Tobago’s Champions League campaign off on a triumphant note, as they comfortably defended 135 for 9, winning by 25 runs. Ruthless would be the word for their bowling attack as they never looked like losing the match even though their opponents had a relatively small target of 136. Rampaul finished with four wickets for 14 from 3.4 overs and even breaking the stumps into half in one of the wickets. Dinesh Ramdin hit 48 from 38 after Heat had sent T&T in to bat and was the only batsman to cross the 20-run mark, helping T&T reaching a respectable 135 for 9 in their 20 overs.
When you concede 13, 24 and 14 respectively off the third, fourth and fifth over there’s very less hope for your team to defend a score needing just over 9 runs an over. Once the required run rate reduced and with the likes of Hussey and Raina at the crease there was very little doubt that Chennai boys would win this game easily. Coupled with the partnership between the two left-handers which added 89 for the second wicket, Bravo and S Badrinath added 58 for the fourth wicket ensuring that the chase was completed smoothly and without any more hiccups along the way. A notable mention in terms of the Titans’ performance would be the trailblazing innings of AB De Villiers who spanked the CSK bowlers all around the park with 3 boundaries and 7 massive sixes at a strike rate of well over 200. The classy South African made it look very simple thrashing the ball at will. AB Devilliers on being nterviewed after his innings in the first half of the match “It’s always nice to entertain the crowd with a few good knocks and today was my night.”
The Chennai Super Kings’ chase was certainly helped a bit by the due factor, helping the outfield to get faster and the pitch to get the ball coming onto the bat better. Compared to the low scoring first match at Ranchi which T&T won, the 2nd match produced more than a 100+ runs with both sides making 185+ runs. A good start to the tournament for the Ex-Champions Chennai Super Kings and also for the very lethal looking Trinidad & Tobago side and on the slip side the Titans and the Brisbane Heat need to buck up soon if they intend to stake a claim for this year’s Champions League T20 trophy.