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Chennai Super Kings record easy 4 wicket win against Yorkshire to end CLT20 campaign on a high

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chennai_ipl2The match between Yorkshire Carnegie and the Chennai Super Kings may have been officially classified as a dead rubber, but for the professional cricketers taking the field there was plenty of pride at stake. The Super Kings won the toss and put Yorkshire in to bat under overcast conditions at Kingsmead, Durban, and the English side did well to reach a competitive 140-6 in their 20 overs on the back of yet another fantastic half-century from Gary Ballance. The left-hander smashed 5 sixes on his way to 58 as Yorkshire made the most of Chennai's decision to field 4 specialist bowlers. Chennai struggled briefly in their chase, but their middle order came to the party with Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni hitting contrasting 31s while S Badrinath made a match winning 47 to guide Chennai to victory.

MS Dhoni had decided to give himself a bit of a breather and the Super Kings were captained by Suresh Raina, while Wriddhiman Saha had taken over wicketkeeping duties, relegating the Indian captain to fine leg for long periods of the game. The absence of his pads also meant that Dhoni probably fancied having a bit of a bowl as well, and that did prove to be the case.

Skipper Andrew Gale and Adam Lyth opened the batting for Yorkshire and took kindly to Chennai's decision to give the new ball to R Ashwin, helping themselves to 15 runs from the off-spinner's 2nd over. Raina recalled the medium pacers, and they delivered, keeping Yorkshire down to 36-1 in the powerplay with Albie Morkel picking up the wicket of Gale for 23.

Yorkshire struggled against the frontline Chennai bowlers, but made hay against the part-timers, hitting Suresh Raina for 12 and Ravindra Jadeja for 15 in their first overs. That allowed MS Dhoni to roll his arm over, and after conceding just 7 in his opening over, Dhoni went for 18 in his second, with the 4 overs from the part-timers thus costing Chennai a massive 52 runs.

The rest of the Chennai bowlers were largely exemplary with Albie Morkel and Doug Bollinger picking up 4 wickets between them for just 28 runs. Ben Hilfenhaus went for a few today as well, while Ashwin came back well from that second over smacking to concede just 25 from his quota of 4 overs.

Ballance, who came into bat with his side struggling at 43-3, shared in a 78 run stand with David Miller (28) which dug Yorkshire out of a hole. Ballance was run out on the first ball of the last over, thus denying Yorkshire a late flourish.

Chasing 140 to win was always going to be a challenge against a quality seam attack, and Chennai soon found themselves in trouble at 26-2 in the powerplay, having lost both their openers. Suresh Raina and Subramaniam Badrinath stabilized the innings, adding 48 runs for the third wicket before the former fell for a sedate 31 from 30 balls.

Badrinath took charge of proceedings, and upped the run rate, making a handy 47 from 38 balls before bowled by Iain Wardlaw. At that stage Chennai needed a further 24 runs to win from 22 balls, but MS Dhoni restored the balance in the Super Kings' favour hitting a timely 31 from 23 balls to guide his side to a comfortable 4 wicket win.

The medium pacers did a good job keeping Yorkshire in the contest, but their spinners were just not up to the task of bowling to a seasoned Chennai middle order with 66 runs coming from the 8 overs shared between Root, Rafiq and Rashid.

Mini Scorecard:

Yorkshire 140/6 (20 overs, 7.00 rpo)
G Ballance 58 (38) A Morkel 1-12
D Miller 28 (26) D Bollinger 1-16

Chennai Super Kings 141/6 (19 overs, 7.42rpo)
S Badrinath 47 (38) I Wardlaw 2-22
MS Dhoni 31 (23) S Patterson 2-22

Chennai win by 4 wickets with an over to spare

File Photograph Copyright: Michael Henn