Durban, Oct 22
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 with a win 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)and then romped home with six balls to spare in an inconsequential Group B match at Kingsmead.
S Badrinath top-scored with a 38-ball 47 which he made with the help of four boundaries while Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who played under Suresh Raina’s captaincy in the match, made 31 from 23 balls. Raina himself contributed 31 from 30 balls.
Chennai, the 2010 champions, ended third in Group B with eight points behind Sydney Sixers and Highveld Lions, the two teams who made it to the semifinals.
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 reached 141 for six in the last ball of the 19th over. Chasing 141 for a win, Chennai did not have the best of starts as they lost opener Faf du Plessis (1) in the second over of the bowling of Steven Patterson.
The other opener Murali Vijay (13) struck two fours in the next over before he was out in the fifth over. Vijay wanted to hit Hannon-Dalby to midwicket fence but the ball did not take the full face of the bat as it went up high to land into the hands of Adam Lyth at square-leg.
Chennai were then at a wobbly 26 for two 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 with Hannon-Dalby taking his second wicket with a slower ball. 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. Raina struck a four and a six in his 30-ball knock. Dhoni came in when his side were 74 for three in the 12th over and he 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 over.
Badrinath departed in the 17th over and Ravindra Jadeja did not last long as he was out for five in the next over, leaving Dhoni and Morkel to finish the job.
However, the India captain was bowled out by Iain Wardlaw in 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 over each as Chennai restricted Yorkshire to 140 for six after electing to field.
Morkel and Bollinger conceded 12 and 16 runs respectively to play main roles in Yorkshire’s modest total.
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 his four overs.
Ashwin ended the tournament with three wickets at the expense of 143 runs from the four matches he had played.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who played under Suresh Raina’s captaincy in the inconsequential match, 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. But, 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 by reaching 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 he 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 mid off.
Chennai found themselves on top when they removed Joe Root in 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 recovery job as he reached his half century with a six off Hilfenhaus in the 19th over before ending his fine innings in the first ball of the final over.