Skipper Adam Glichrist (51), Y Venugopal Rao (30) and Rohit Sharma(25) batted well for their short knocks but that proved insufficient to pull through their side.
Opting to field, hosts did well to restrict Trinidad and Tobago to 149 for seven.
William Perkins top scored for the Caribbean side with his 38 (32 ball, 6X4) at the top and Kieron Polard played a blazing 31 off 14 balls down the order.
Polard uncorked some lusty shots towards the fag end to lift his side to a competitive total, hitting four sixes in his crucial cameo.
Fidel Edwards, who was barred from bowling in the last match for firing two beamers, made amends by taking three wickets for Deccan Chargers.
Dwayne Bravo (3/24) was the most successful bowler for Trinidad & Tobago,who entered the next stage with clean slate qualification in mind.
In Image: Captain of the Deccan Chargers, Adam Gilchrist plays a shot.