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Trinidad & Tobago destroy CSK to finish top of the Group B

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The Chennai Super Kings lost top spot in Group B in spectacular fashion to Trinidad & Tobago, who routed the former Champions by 8 wickets in Delhi in a one-sided contest. The result means that CSK will head to Jaipur for their semi-final where they will face the Rajasthan Royals, while Trinidad & Tobago stay on in Delhi where they will meet the Mumbai Indians in the second semi-final. The Indians took second place in Group A today with a thumping win over the Perth Scorchers, thereby pipping the unfortunate Otago Volts to third place.

Trinidad & Tobago won the toss and put CSK in to bat. Ravi Rampaul struck early for his side, getting rid of Michael Hussey for 1 in just the second over. Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina then resurrected the innings by adding 55 for the second wicket before both men fell to some very ordinary bowling from Lendl Simmons. Vijay was the first to go for 27, dragging a very wide ball back onto his stumps before Raina (38) found short fine leg inside the ring on the legside off a poor delivery which he could have hit just about anywhere he pleased.

Raina's dismissal started a landslide while skipper MS Dhoni watched the carnage from the other end. Dhoni chipped in with 25, but no other batsman got into double figures, and CSK were bowled out for 118 in the final over.

Trinidad & Tobago meanwhile made a solid start despite an excellent opening over from R Ashwin, where he should have got Lendl Simmons for a first ball naught, but Suresh Raina at first slip was standing too wide.

Simmons went on to make 63 from 41 balls before Ashwin finally nabbed him in his final over, much later in the day. Simmons and Evin Lewis (38) added 79 for the opening wicket before the latter fell in the 11th over. Darren Bravo made a patient 11 to see his side to a comfortable win with 29 balls to spare.

The Super Kings will hope to put this game behind them in a hurry when they take on the Royals on Friday, while Trinidad & Tobago have an extra day off before they take on the Mumbai Indians on Saturday.

Mini Scorecard:

Chennai Super Kings 118 (19.4 overs, 6.00rpo)

S Raina 38 (29) R Emrit 3-21 (3.4)

M Vijay 27 (24) L Simmons 2-10 (2)

Trinidad & Tobago 119-2 (15.1 overs, 7.84rpo)

L Simmons 63 (41) S Raina 1-16 (4)

E Lewis 38 (35) R Ashwin 1-24 (4)

Trinidad & Tobago win by 8 wickets