CLT20: Chennai Super Kings beat Yorkshire
23 October, 2012
Chennai Super Kings beat Yorkshire by 4 wickets at Durban in the Champions League T20 match on Monday.
With both teams having no chance of making it to the semi-finals, this formality-game was a dead rubber even before the first ball was bowled.
The toss provided some interest as Suresh raina walked out in place of MS Dhoni. With a load of non-stop cricket already on his shoulder and the all important England series coming, MSD has decided to take a breather. He even bowled a couple of overs but was given his own medicine as Gary Ballance took him for 17 in one over.
That apart, it was good show by CSK bowlers. Albie Morkel (2/12) and Ben Hilfenhaus struck in successive overs to cut short a good start.
Ballance (58 off 38 balls) and David Miller (28) then forged a good partnership to give the Yorkshire total some respectabilty. They made 140/6.
In front of a strong batting line-up like that of CSK, 141 wasn't going to be a stiff target.
But Faf du Plessis' wicket with just three runs on the board came as the first jolt. Murali Vijaytoo didn't last long and scored just 13.
Suresh Raina (31) and S Badrinath (47 of 38 balls) then dug deep to stop the landslide.
MS Dhoni was in relaxed mood, and that reflected in his batting too. Though he got out while trying to hit the winning run, but his 31 was enough to see that this easy win doesn't go begging.