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

Only pride at stake

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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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  • JG2704 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.

  • yorkshirematt 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

  • ssenthil 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."

  • ssenthil 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.

  • himohan007 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

  • CricShanghai 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 espnstar.com 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 .....

  • Green_and_Gold 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.

  • himohan007 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.

  • yorkshirematt 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.

  • yorkshirematt 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.

  • JG2704 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.

  • yorkshirematt 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

  • ssenthil 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."

  • ssenthil 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.

  • himohan007 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

  • CricShanghai 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 espnstar.com 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 .....

  • Green_and_Gold 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.

  • himohan007 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.

  • yorkshirematt 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.

  • yorkshirematt 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.

  • on October 22, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    can dey take nuwan kulasekara 2 the squad 2day he is 1 of d best t20 bowler in d world + he knws 2 bat well too

  • Abrars on October 22, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    My team is VJ,FAF,RAINA,DHONI,Mulund,Jadeja,kulasekara,Ashwin,Jakati,Bollinger ,Hilfenhaus ......CSK is best

  • exiledtyke on October 22, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Yorkshire have - technically - played with NO overseas players in the tournament proper (Miller played in 1 of the 2 preliminary games). Phil Jacques doesn't count as an overseas player as he has a British passport and now plays exclusively in England having retired from international and domestic cricket in Australia.

  • remnant on October 22, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    @GlobalCricketLover, I do not agree with you at all, as far as benching the foreign players is concerned. The IPL sides have the resources to get the 4 best foreigners and they are going for it. Nobody is stopping others from doing that. This is the creed of market economics, which is why clubs exist, so please spare the world of socialist platitudes. Btw, would you also suggest France WC teams in football and the entire EPL regarding the junk foreigners campaign for competing?

  • Harmony111 on October 22, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    @GlobalCricketLover: Oh come on. Stop pretending that you are the only one with a sense of impartiality and others are inherently biased. CSL lost 2 very close games. MI lost one somewhat close game vs Lions and the other one was rained off when they were doing very well. MI had played 2 matches when they were already out of CLT20. Barring KKR no other IPL team looked like pushovers. They merely had bad days or should I say bad moments - Ashwin's no ball for example. And you are here talking as if IPL teams have been as bad as Yorkshire or Perth Scorchers? As for the foreign players, the other leagues are free to have as many as they want. If they chose 2 then it is their fault not IPL's got it? CLT20 is NOT loaded in favour of IPL teams. The other teams are lucky that they get to even participate in a league where bulk of the initial risk was taken up by BCCI. Finally, MI were missing 7 players in 2011 CLT20 4 of then being key yet they WON it and they did not have wet pants. U Happy?

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on October 22, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    This is exactly the type of games that should be completely scrapped! Players and the ICC complaining about poor scheduling and burnout, and they STILL insist on playing these meaningless games/series even, citing nothing but PRIDE as the goal. Pathetic. If anyone gets injured, I have no sympathy anymore.

  • JG2704 on October 22, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    @ssenthil on (October 22 2012, 05:10 AM GMT) What a daft post. You could learn much from your fellow countryman GlobalCricketLover on the logistics of it all. 1 - Yorks had been without 1 of their 2 overseas players (Starc who has been quality wherever he's played) and their 2 Eng players Jonny and Tim and that's before the tournament started. 2- On top of that they were without Miller for 2or3 games and 2 of their 3 pacemen for the last game and still ran Lions as close as MI and CSK. 3- Look at the quality of overseas player Yorks had. I mean how would the IPL sides have faired with 1 or 2 overseas players and not the top draw players they are afforded or how Yorks would fair if they had the same amount/quality of overseas players the IPL sides have? CSK should handily beat Yorks and anything else would be a failure.

  • on October 22, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    @Globalcricket lover .. though chennai has four imported talents which team does not have imported talents ... english teams like yorkshire always hold immigrants from india , pakistan, south africa.. they have david miller (SA) phil jacques (AUS) Every team has imported ones.. it improves quality of local lads to understand international players.

  • on October 22, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    I can't understand why CSK never play Scott Styris. Clearly he's awesome

  • CricketMaan on October 22, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    CSK has nothing to prove, they have both missed thier oppurtunities especially against Lions and been scrathy at times. Also some luck factor here and there though that is mimimal. They need to honestly accept have fallen short of both fans and leauges expectations. They may go on to beat Yorks, but that is not enough to restore pride. Id rather get in Mukund, Jakati and Kula ahead of Badri, Ashwin and Hilfy just to give them an exposure in these conditions.

  • GlobalCricketLover on October 22, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    @ssenthil, I am an Indian but I dont buy any of your lines. York may be awful, but dont forget that CSK comes with borrowed talent of 4 internationals. MS will wet his pants if asked to filed 9 Indian players.. let alone 9 chennai players. This CL T20 has been loaded heavily in fav of IPL team, yet 3 of them have dont even make it to semis. I think we should take a neutral view and see things in black and white..not prejudiced by which nation we belong to. Ask any of IPL teams to come to the field with just 2 foriegn players and see what happens. Think of T&T where their best talent is robbed of by IPL teams and have to play without 4 of their match winners. Would CSK or MI dare to enter the field without their best talent (including foreign imports)??

  • exiledtyke on October 22, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    I am a Yorkshireman and as such, biased. I want to see Yorkshire win, and in doing so prove that a team belonging to the its place of origin can beat a team of random mercenaries named after a brand of cigarette. Maybe English batsmen can't play spin, but that doesn't mean we need to worry about Ashwin. So far in the tournament all he has shown is that he can't bowl to batsmen.

  • ssenthil on October 22, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    CSK has to prove a point that York and any county teams are not worth to be in CL so ECB pulling out of CL doesn't affect this CL. Now the scenario looks this is truly a global tournament. One each from the top 3 heavy weight countries is certain, Aus, SA and India have one place and the last place is b/w NZ and SA teams and I wish NZ team make it to the cut. Ashwin need to prove some points and I hope he get a Ball early but proving a point here don't make a statement as all knows English Batsman don't play spin.

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  • ssenthil on October 22, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    CSK has to prove a point that York and any county teams are not worth to be in CL so ECB pulling out of CL doesn't affect this CL. Now the scenario looks this is truly a global tournament. One each from the top 3 heavy weight countries is certain, Aus, SA and India have one place and the last place is b/w NZ and SA teams and I wish NZ team make it to the cut. Ashwin need to prove some points and I hope he get a Ball early but proving a point here don't make a statement as all knows English Batsman don't play spin.

  • exiledtyke on October 22, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    I am a Yorkshireman and as such, biased. I want to see Yorkshire win, and in doing so prove that a team belonging to the its place of origin can beat a team of random mercenaries named after a brand of cigarette. Maybe English batsmen can't play spin, but that doesn't mean we need to worry about Ashwin. So far in the tournament all he has shown is that he can't bowl to batsmen.

  • GlobalCricketLover on October 22, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    @ssenthil, I am an Indian but I dont buy any of your lines. York may be awful, but dont forget that CSK comes with borrowed talent of 4 internationals. MS will wet his pants if asked to filed 9 Indian players.. let alone 9 chennai players. This CL T20 has been loaded heavily in fav of IPL team, yet 3 of them have dont even make it to semis. I think we should take a neutral view and see things in black and white..not prejudiced by which nation we belong to. Ask any of IPL teams to come to the field with just 2 foriegn players and see what happens. Think of T&T where their best talent is robbed of by IPL teams and have to play without 4 of their match winners. Would CSK or MI dare to enter the field without their best talent (including foreign imports)??

  • CricketMaan on October 22, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    CSK has nothing to prove, they have both missed thier oppurtunities especially against Lions and been scrathy at times. Also some luck factor here and there though that is mimimal. They need to honestly accept have fallen short of both fans and leauges expectations. They may go on to beat Yorks, but that is not enough to restore pride. Id rather get in Mukund, Jakati and Kula ahead of Badri, Ashwin and Hilfy just to give them an exposure in these conditions.

  • on October 22, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    I can't understand why CSK never play Scott Styris. Clearly he's awesome

  • on October 22, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    @Globalcricket lover .. though chennai has four imported talents which team does not have imported talents ... english teams like yorkshire always hold immigrants from india , pakistan, south africa.. they have david miller (SA) phil jacques (AUS) Every team has imported ones.. it improves quality of local lads to understand international players.

  • JG2704 on October 22, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    @ssenthil on (October 22 2012, 05:10 AM GMT) What a daft post. You could learn much from your fellow countryman GlobalCricketLover on the logistics of it all. 1 - Yorks had been without 1 of their 2 overseas players (Starc who has been quality wherever he's played) and their 2 Eng players Jonny and Tim and that's before the tournament started. 2- On top of that they were without Miller for 2or3 games and 2 of their 3 pacemen for the last game and still ran Lions as close as MI and CSK. 3- Look at the quality of overseas player Yorks had. I mean how would the IPL sides have faired with 1 or 2 overseas players and not the top draw players they are afforded or how Yorks would fair if they had the same amount/quality of overseas players the IPL sides have? CSK should handily beat Yorks and anything else would be a failure.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on October 22, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    This is exactly the type of games that should be completely scrapped! Players and the ICC complaining about poor scheduling and burnout, and they STILL insist on playing these meaningless games/series even, citing nothing but PRIDE as the goal. Pathetic. If anyone gets injured, I have no sympathy anymore.

  • Harmony111 on October 22, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    @GlobalCricketLover: Oh come on. Stop pretending that you are the only one with a sense of impartiality and others are inherently biased. CSL lost 2 very close games. MI lost one somewhat close game vs Lions and the other one was rained off when they were doing very well. MI had played 2 matches when they were already out of CLT20. Barring KKR no other IPL team looked like pushovers. They merely had bad days or should I say bad moments - Ashwin's no ball for example. And you are here talking as if IPL teams have been as bad as Yorkshire or Perth Scorchers? As for the foreign players, the other leagues are free to have as many as they want. If they chose 2 then it is their fault not IPL's got it? CLT20 is NOT loaded in favour of IPL teams. The other teams are lucky that they get to even participate in a league where bulk of the initial risk was taken up by BCCI. Finally, MI were missing 7 players in 2011 CLT20 4 of then being key yet they WON it and they did not have wet pants. U Happy?

  • remnant on October 22, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    @GlobalCricketLover, I do not agree with you at all, as far as benching the foreign players is concerned. The IPL sides have the resources to get the 4 best foreigners and they are going for it. Nobody is stopping others from doing that. This is the creed of market economics, which is why clubs exist, so please spare the world of socialist platitudes. Btw, would you also suggest France WC teams in football and the entire EPL regarding the junk foreigners campaign for competing?