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Red Force looking to stop Kings
With one foot already in the semifinals, T&T Red Force will be going flat out in their final preliminary match of the Karbonn Smart T20 tournament against the Chennai Super Kings today, to make sure they cement their place. The T&T boys are second in the standings behind Chennai Super Kings, on eight points after three matches. The Titans from South Africa are also on eight points but T&T has the better net run rate. Titans have their future in this tournament solely in the hands of Chennai Super Kings. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team have played unbeaten with three wins from their three matches to date and is assured of a place in the semi-finals.
Chennai has a much superior run rate to that of T&T and it will take an inspirational performance from the Caribbean men to knock them off the top. If T&T wins or lose and not badly at that, they will go to Jaipur to meet most likely Kevon Cooper’s Rajasthan Royals in the semifinals. The T&T team will most likely not tinker with a winning team and the same eleven is expected to line up for this game. The pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotla is the slowest and lowest in India and this is expected to favour the spinners. T&T’s Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree would enjoy bowling here but the highly rated Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are on the opposing team which could prove a handful. The pitch is so spinner friendly that it is most famous for Anil Kumble’s ‘Perfect 10’ after the Indian leg-spinner picked up all ten wickets in an innings against Pakistan in 1999.
The T&T boys had the day off yesterday and manager Omar Khan revealed that because of the tight schedule it was impossible to get in any practice. “We had about six days and then we played a match but now we have just one day between our third match and the final match of the preliminary. We leave here at 2.40 pm and arrive at Delhi at 4pm, which makes it impossible for the guys to have any training session. As a result they are going to use the time to relax and recharge a bit before this all important match. “We knew after the loss to Sunrisers that we needed to win the remainder of matches and we are prepared for the task at hand. The fielding and bowling could improve a bit and the guys would sit and have a long think of what has to be done on different surfaces. We go into the Chennai game confident and look forward to playing in the semifinals.” The T&T team was hosted by T&T’s High Commissioner to India, Chandradath Singh at a function at his residence in Delhi last night. The consulate also used the opportunity to invite a number of local businessmen as they also promoted T&T’s tourism at the event.
Teams: Trinidad & Tobago: Denesh Ramdin, Rayad Emrit, Jason Mohammed, Nicholas Pooran, Sunil Narine, Evin Lewis, Samuel Badree, Navin Stewart, Shannon Gabriel, Khesan Yannick Ottley, Adrian Barath, Sherwin Ganga, Lendl Simmons, Ravindarnath Rampaul and Darren Bravo.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (capt), Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, S Badrinath, Imtiyaz Ahmad, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohit Sharma, Michael Hussey, Dwayne Bravo, Albie Morkel, Jason Holder, Francois Du Plessis and Chris Morris.
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