Chennai Super Kings v Yorkshire, CLT20, Durban October 21, 2012

Only pride at stake


Match facts

October 22, 2012
Start time 1130 local (1330 GMT)

Big Picture

With neither of the sides standing to gain qualification, this match is about nothing but pride. Chennai Super Kings will want to save some of their reputation, which has been eroded considerably in the last two Champions' League tournaments, while Yorkshire will want to avoid ignominy of finishing winless at the bottom of group B. With this match offering few other incentives, the players must find motivation from these scraps.

Chennai have some momentum going into this dead rubber at least, with top order having fired against Mumbai Indians at the Wanderers. Faf du Plessis has been effective at opener in the last two matches having replaced Michael Hussey who has left the tournament. MS Dhoni's form, meanwhile, has also picked up steam over the last two innings.

Chennai's major weakness in this tournament appears to be their bowling, which lacks penetration. None of their bowlers have taken more than two wickets in one match, and they've only managed 15 scalps between them in three matches.

Yorkshire will be hoping to exploit that, given their batting has seemed out of its depth so far in the main competition. They were blasted out by the Sydney Sixers pacemen for 96, and were restricted to 131 by the Lions. The ECB have pulled English teams from next year's Champions' League, and it is up to Yorkshire to prove that the tournament will be poorer without them.

Watch out for...

Adil Rashid was once England's No.2 spinner in limited-overs cricket, but has since been usurped by the likes of James Tredwell, Michael Yardy and Samit Patel. His Champions' League returns will not convince the England selectors they have erred in putting him aside. He has only four wickets from five matches, and has gone at close to 10 runs an over. Can he find some redemption in his last match of the tournament?

As poor as Rashid's numbers are, Ravichandran Ashwin's figures for the tournament have been even worse. He has taken three wickets at an average of 39.33, with an economy-rate of 10.72, and given he was Man of the Tournament the last time the Champions' League was played in South Africa, he will be bowling for his personal pride as well as the team's against Yorkshire.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • John on October 22, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    @ssenthil on (October 22 2012, 12:13 PM GMT) No one has said it was CSK's fault that Yorks are without half the side that played in the domestic competition , but the fact is that IPL sides get a huge advantage over non IPL sides with their 4 overseas players rule and Yorks were without.Maybe you have a point re allowing 4 overseas players to play for English sides but fact is Yorks were only trounced in 1 of their 4 games and it was not by an IPL side either and qualified ahead of the much more CLT20 experienced T+T. Also Somerset got to the semis last year and were only beaten by eventual winners MI by 10 runs which was closer than the runners up got.

  • Matthew on October 22, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    @himohan007 "No foreign players allowed in other team link team INDIA unlike ENGLAND......lolzzzzzzzz" ????????? Your comment is worded in such a manner that makes it impossible to understand what you're saying. Do you mind explaining it more clearly

  • Senthil on October 22, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    @JG2704, 1. It's not CL or CSK problem if York is without their overseas players. I can say that CSK still can beat York without any overseas players help or play with 2 overseas players as York do. There is simply not enough quality in those County sides or else ECB has to do like this comment just published in the match commentary "Yorkshire's performance in this tournament reiterates the point that ECB should open up the T20 format of its tournament and allow at least 3-4 foreign players to make it more competitive and interesting.. otherwise their teams won't stand a chance against quality sides with international players."

  • Senthil on October 22, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    @GlobalCricketLover, So what's your point? Every IPL team allowed 4 International players while SA, Aus, Eng and NZ teams allowed 2 other country players. So what Dhoni or CSK has to do with it? People always have problems with IPL teams regardless they qualify or not and despite last 2 CL editions were won by IPL teams it's still questioned about their place. So here we talk about the quality of the side ONLY regardless what country players represents each team. T & T is robbed 4 match winners? Pollard and Narine apart DJ Bravo anyway injured. Still 2 players might hurt them. I believe CSK and MI can do that. Then also they can win this county sides hands down without single overseas players in their eleven.

  • Mohan on October 22, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    @ yorkshirematt Let's have a proper ICC tournament in future.No foreign players allowed in other team link team INDIA unlike ENGLAND......lolzzzzzzzz

  • JJ on October 22, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    I haven't seen MS Dhoni bowl before in any format of the game, it'd be interesting refering to the comments made by Ravi on live pre-match commentary just now...I hope Ashwin do better with the ball this game, salvaging some pride and confident to move forward, otherwise, I am sure he'll leave the series with feeling of unfinish business or some sort, that'll be irritating and unsettling .....

  • Justin on October 22, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    If teams were smart they would play guys that could use the exposure to big matches. You can still play some of your international stars however they should balance it to develop some of their junior players.

  • Mohan on October 22, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @ GlobalCricketLover: I think you will wet your pant nastily if u had been a cricketer n had to bowl to him in death overs. Talking about fielding 9 indian players to field to win tournament. The answer is he fielded XI Indian players to win 2 WCs and held No.1 test ranking for two years. Next time watch cricket before u post.

  • Matthew on October 22, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Quite clearly we're as unpopular around the world as we are in England. Or maybe it's because we're "representing"England.

  • Matthew on October 22, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Let's have a proper tournament in future. County teams, state teams, regions etc. No franchises and only two overseas players allowed, like in the FLT20.

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