The Chennai Super Kings probably wanted to get that loss out of the way, before the business end of the Champions League T20 begins.
In a match that CSK will want to put behind them quickly, the IPL side suffered an eight-wicket loss at the hands of Trinidad & Tobago; a loss that put the West Indians top of the table in Group B and with it a match against the Mumbai Indians at the Feroze Shah Kotla on Saturday.
Lendl Simmons in a punishing mood en route to his half-century against CSK in their CLT20 game in Delhi, October 2
CSK take on the Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur a day earlier, after Mumbai Indians' brilliant win over the Perth Scorchers earlier in Delhi, ensured an IPL side would be in Sunday's final.
Trinidad & Tobago, needing a win to guarantee their place in the semis, bowled quite well, knocking over CSK for just 118.
It looked like CSK's heart was just not in this game, with a semis berth already sealed. However, credit must be given to T&T, who took full advantage of a sub-par CSK performance, while being at the top of their game throughout to ease to victory in just 15.1 overs, ending on 119 for two.
With just 119 to win, Trinidad knew all they had to do was keep the loss down to five runs or less to make it to the final four on at least net run rate from the Titans.
However, a loss was never in their minds as Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis, the standout batsman from their last match, lent into the CSK bowling right from the off.
They raced to 45 for no loss in six overs, before cranking it up a notch, as the first wicket partnership yielded an impressive 79 in just ten overs. Lewis (38, 35b, 6x4) was the first man out, with Suresh Raina trapping the left-hander in front of the wicket.
Simmons (63, 41b, 5x4, 4x6), though, looked really good at the other end and continued picking off boundaries at will as T&T reached their target with consummate ease.
Earlier, CSK's innings unravelled after Murali Vijay and Raina lost their wickets in relatively quick succession.
Michael Hussey had one of those extremely rare off nights, as a really nice in-dipper from Ravi Rampaul saw the left-hander's off-stump knocked back.
Raina came in and looked in his customary form, with Vijay also looking decent in the middle. The two CSK batsmen seemed to be setting their side up for a big total, putting on 55 in just 6.3 overs.
However, Simmons (two for 10) did his bit with the ball as well, first picking up Vijay (27, 24b, 4x4), before the huge wicket of Raina (38, 29b, 3x4, 1x6) also went his way.
CSK were on 78 for three in 11 overs at that point, and the final push, which you always expect from a classy side of this calibre, just never came.
Even skipper M.S. Dhoni didn't look at his best, managing just a run-a-ball 25 before holing out to Rayad Emrit (three for 21).
They eventually could only scratch their way to 118 all out with a couple of comical run outs towards the end hardly helping matters.
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