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Chennai end CLT20 campaign with win over Yorkshire

Last updated on: October 22, 2012 21:08 IST

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Chennai Super Kings produced a clinical all-round show as they scored a comfortable four-wicket victory over Yorkshire to sign off their Champions League Twenty20 campaign on a winning note, in Durban, on Monday.

Opting to field, Chennai restricted Yorkshire to 140 for six on the back of impressive bowling from pacers Albie Morkel (2-12) and Doug Bollinger (2-16) before cruising home with six balls to spare in the inconsequential Group B match at Kingsmead.

S Badrinath top-scored with a 38-ball 47, which included four boundaries, while Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who played under Suresh Raina's captaincy in the match, scored 31 from 23 balls.

Raina contributed 31 off 30 balls.

Chennai, the 2010 champions, finished third in Group B with eight points, behind Sydney Sixers and Highveld Lions, the two teams who made it to the semi-finals.

Wriddhiman Saha, who kept wickets in the match as Dhoni also decided not to wear the wicketkeeper's gloves, hit the winning run -- a single -- as Chennai posted 141 for six off the last ball of the 19th over.

Chasing 141 for victory, Chennai did not have the best of starts, as they lost opener Faf du Plessis (1) in the second over, bowled by Steven Patterson.

M S DhoniMurali Vijay (13), the other opener, struck two fours in the next over before he was out in the fifth over. Vijay wanted to hit Hannon-Dalby to the midwicket fence but the ball did not take the full face of the bat and went up high and landed into the hands of Adam Lyth at square-leg.

Chennai were then at a wobbly 26 for 2, but Raina and Badrinath settled down quickly and shared a 48-run stand for the third wicket from 6.9 overs to take Chennai closer to the target.

Raina fell in the 12th over, giving Hannon-Dalby his second wicket, to a slower delivery. The Chennai captain went after a full and angled delivery but was too far through the shot when he made the contact.

The ball looped high into the air and Miller took the catch at deep cover region. He struck a four and a six in his 30-ball knock.

Dhoni came in when the side was reduced to 74 for 3 in the 12th over and was watchful for a while before easing himself off with a six off Adil Rashid in the 15th over.

Chennai needed 33 runs to win from the last five overs and Dhoni again hit a six off Azeem Rafiq in the 16th.

Badrinath departed in the 17th over and Ravindra Jadeja did not last long. He was out for five in the next over, leaving Dhoni and Morkel to finish the job.

However, India's captain was bowled by Iain Wardlaw off the penultimate ball of the 19th over while attempting his trademark 'helicopter shot'.

Earlier, Morkel and Bollinger grabbed two wickets apiece in their miserly spells of four overs each as Chennai restricted Yorkshire to 140 for six after electing to field.

Morkel and Bollinger conceded 12 and 16 runs respectively.

Ben Hilfenhaus got a wicket for 32 runs while off-spinner R Ashwin continued his less-than-impressive show in the tournament as he returned wicketless while conceding 25 runs from four overs.

Ashwin ended the tournament with three wickets at the expense of 143 runs from the four matches he had played.

Dhoni bowled two expensive overs, conceding 25 runs without a wicket.

For Yorkshire, Gary Ballance smashed a 38-ball 58 which he scored with the help of one four and five sixes. However, he did not get enough support from his colleagues as only David Miller (28) and captain Andrew Gale (23) could score substantially.

Yorkshire made a decent start, posting 35 for no loss after the fifth over, but were reduced to 51 for three at the halfway stage before recovering at the next half.

They added just 16 runs in five overs -- sixth to 10th -- and slumped from 35 for no loss in the fifth over to 43 for three in the eighth over.

Ballance had a 78-run stand for the fourth wicket with Miller from 92 balls and that was the only substantial partnership in their innings after the opening stand of 35 in 5.1 overs between Gale and Adam Lyth.

Ashwin opened bowling for Chennai and was hit for three fours in the third over by Lyth. Yorkshire captain Gale then smashed a six each off Bollinger and Hilfennhaus.

Chennai, however, struck soon after, with Morkel providing the breakthrough with his first ball by removing Gale in the sixth over. Gale tried to hit him over the covers, but could not control his stroke. He got a top edge and Bollinger back-pedalled a few metres from mid-off to take a comfortable catch.

Yorkshire lost their second wicket in quick time while trying to accelerate, with Lyth (11) top-edging a Hilfenhaus short-of-a-length ball which ballooned up for Murali Vijay to take an easy catch at mid-off.

Chennai found themselves on top when they dismissed Joe Root with the last ball of the eighth over.

Raina introduced himself in the 11th over but was hit for two fours by Miller. Ravindra Jadeja also found himself at the receiving end as he was carted for two sixes in the 13th over.

Ballance then did a bit of a recovery job as he reached his half century with a six off Hilfenhaus in the 19th over before his fine innings ended with the first ball of the final over.

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