Sunil Narine's 10-wicket haul in an innings for Trinidad & Tobago had come in a trial game, but on Sunday at the Chepauk the rookie off-spinner showed he was the real deal. Narine was impossible to get away on a slow turner as MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings found themselves on the brink of elimination from the Champions League after a 12-run loss.
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If CSK win their last game against New South Wales, they will reach four points, but that may not be enough as two more teams (NSW and T&T) from the group can also finish on the same number of points. Technically, all five teams still have a chance to qualify going into the final day of the round-robin matches here on Tuesday. However, if Cape Cobras beat T&T in the first game on Tuesday and reach five points, CSK will be eliminated.
Sunday, though, was all about Narine, who gave away only eight runs off his four overs and took the wickets of Vijay, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni to leave the IPL champions in disarray. Dwayne Bravo tried his bit but that was not enough. Even though the pitch was getting difficult to bat, T&T showed they had the guts to fight it out. After a decent start, they had a middle-order collapse. It seemed that CSK would be able to restrict the Caribbean champs to less than a 100, but there was a late charge by Kevon Cooper that helped them reach 123.
The openers started on a cautious note. Lendl Simmons and William Perkins tried to get a feel of the pitch before trying anything extravagant.