The Caribbean batsmen took some time to settle on the pitch which offered some resistance to paceman initially.
Edwards made a good start by trapping Lendl Simmons (7) in the first ball of his second over.
Next man in, left-handed Darren Bravo also struggled against a charged up Edwards for the first few balls before playing an exquisite cover drive for four.
RP Singh struggled with his run-up and bowled three consecutive no-balls, resulting in free-hits even though the batsmen could not make the most of those.
Perkins welcomed Scott Styris with consecutive boundaries and the Caribbean side was off to a decent if not spectacular start.
Darren (14) flicked one off T Suman to bring up fifty for his side but the spinner had the last laugh in the next ball when he pouched a return catch.
More shock was in store for Trinidad & Tobago as two balls later a direct throw by Andrew Symonds from mid-off found rival skipper Daren Ganga, trying to steal a run, short of crease.
Gilchrist shuffled his bowlers and by the ninth over he had used six different bowlers.
Perkins continued good batting from one end, hitting Pragyan Ojha for a four and Symonds for a six to take his team to 75 at the half-way mark.
Perkins also got a life when Y Venugopal Rao dropped him at deep mid-wicket off Ojha.
Gilchrist called Edwards for his second and the paceman responded with the wicket of Perkins, trapping him in front.
Suman dropped Dwayne Bravo (11) off RP Singh at point but made amends as he swiftly grabbed the ball and with a direct hit ran the West Indian out.
Polard infused life into the Trinidad & Tobago innings by hitting Ojha and Suman for mighty sixes in consecutive overs.
He did not even spare Edwards, hitting him for a flat six, before being bowled by the same bowler.
In Image: Deccan Chargers' Adam Gilchrist and Symonds celebrate the wicket of Trininad and Tobago's D Ganga.