Chennai Super Kings v Yorkshire, CLT20, Durban

Chennai victory leaves Yorkshire winless

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

October 22, 2012

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Chennai Super Kings 141 for 6 (Badrinath 47) beat Yorkshire 140 for 6 (Ballance 58, Bollinger 2-16) by four wickets
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S Badrinath was named Man of the Match for his 47, Chennai Super Kings v Yorkshire, Champions League T20, Durban, October 22, 2012
S Badrinath was Man of the Match for his 47 © AFP
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Chennai Super Kings were largely untroubled in their final match as they coasted to a four-wicket victory that left Yorkshire winless in the Champions League T20 proper. S Badrinath, often overlooked in a batting line-up of star names, showed once again how important he is to the Super Kings' middle order, holding together the innings after three of his top-order colleagues holed out attempting to hammer the ball out of Kingsmead.

The Yorkshire top-order, too, came up short once again, as they have invariably in this tournament, before Gary Ballance smashed his second half-century of the CLT20 to lead them to a respectable 140.

None of the regular top three of Andrew Gale, Adam Lyth and Joe Root have reached 30 in this competition, which repeatedly left Yorkshire three down early. It was no different today as Gale chipped a catch to cover after a brisk 23, before Lyth was dismissed in a carbon-copy manner and Root gloved a leg-side ball to the keeper to leave Yorkshire at 43 for 3.

The Yorkshire middle-order had been boosted by the return of David Miller, back after domestic duties with the Dolphins, and he helped the team recover through a big stand with Ballance. They took their time to get going - overs 6-10 only yielded 21 runs - but the introduction of Super Kings' second-string bowlers helped boost the rate. Suresh Raina, captaining in place of MS Dhoni, was swept for 12 in his first over, and Ravindra Jadeja was thumped for two sixes in his first.

Dhoni, playing his first Super Kings match as non-captain, also didn't keep wickets, bowling some seam-up instead. He bowled a couple of wayward overs, experimenting with back-of-the-hand slower balls, and was whipped by Ballance for two consecutive sixes as Yorkshire's run-rate finally hit seven.

Doug Bollinger, who was the best of the Super Kings' bowlers, returned to end the stand by dismissing Miller, but Ballance whacked a couple of sixes off Ben Hilfenhaus in the penultimate over to lift Yorkshire towards 140.

Super Kings lost both M Vijay and Faf du Plessis in the Powerplay, but Badrinath was involved in two solid partnerships to put them on course for a second consolation victory. First, he paired up with Raina, compiling 48 to stabilise the innings, and then added 43 with Dhoni as Yorkshire struggled to build pressure on the Super Kings.

Badrinath missed out on a half-century after he was bowled attempting a scoop, and Iain Wardlaw added a second scalp when Dhoni missed an attempted helicopter shot, though those two wickets were too late to have an impact against a line-up with plenty of depth.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay 16-20 overs NB/Wides
Yorkshire 52 6 8 36-1 45-3 0/6
Chennai Super Kings 39 10 3 37-2 33-3 (16-19) 0/1

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Posted by JG2704 on (October 23, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

@ssenthil- OK I'll take on board what you say but your original posts were coming over that you were pleased English teams were not going to be involved next year and that they lacked any quality on which I strongly disagree.As put before Yorks did well in achieving what they did and unfortunately for them Starc also plays for Sydney otherwise he may have made a big difference in the closer matches they lost and even their depleted squad only lost one convincingly.Somerset did as well as any non IPL side in last year's tourn.Re ECB ,I'm with you on their decision to withdraw sides.Thought they were small minded in withdrawing Bresnan esp given the little cricket he's played this year.1 prob is that the IPL sides will always have more financial power so if an Eng side has a player who also plays for a CLT20 IPL side then the IPL side will have that player every time.This happened last year for Somerset with Pollard although luckily we had Van Der Merwe who I rate better than Pollard.

Posted by Juiceoftheapple on (October 23, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

The fact Bairstow and Bresnan aren't allowed to play for Yorkshire in this tournament shows how little the ECB rate the importance of it. Its a training tour, that they get paid to attend. Yorkshire are set up for first class cricket, not T20. Why doesn't the IPL just invite the 2 best teams from Aus and SA to play in the IPL each year if they value all the other nations so little, and be done with the CL. And even Aus are pulliing players from it. Its a flawed structure, but not a flawed concept. The IPL bias takes away any integrity it might have. English teams will happily not attend to concentrate on their first class season, and this will prevent any scares for the administrators like last year when Somerset got to the semis.

Posted by deadite11 on (October 23, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

@ raj_che, It seems u were comparing the presence of domestic squad for both sides, clearly CSK has more than any other IPL team. KKR eventhough they had but at the initial stages where under SCGanguly's regime. Squad looks strong on papers but failed to prove. The auction in 2011 changed the fate of KKR as they didnt retain even a single player. Delhi released gauti, Royals released Yusuf etc., If those teams retain the players i ve mentioned, they would ve become so stronger than even before. Squad changed, captain changed, Coach changed, even color of Jersey changed to reach the championship except the name and the venue. mumbai & Kolkata were the only IPL teams that have more outer side domestic players.

Posted by ssenthil on (October 23, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

@JG2704, I don't mean that. I meant CL won't miss any Eng teams if they were not send by ECB as they said they are not sending their team for 2013 and in the coming years also it will be difficult as it was clashing with their domestic matches while ICC itself given 2 weeks window for this event. I m not against England but when ICC itself given a window and ECB adamant not to send their team or not allow it's important players even if their side qualify, that will obviously weaken their side and don't stand in a bad state where they were already put in Qualifying and missing their other country players becoz of their rule stipulation in T-20. ECB has to correct their stand of making their T-20 more competitive and send their "Full Strength QUALITY team unless otherwise CL aren't going to miss any England side, this what I meant from my first message. it's up to ECB nothing to do with CL Organizers BCCI, CA and CSA. I m not intent to hurt any England fans but stating the fact.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 23, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

@ssenthil on (October 22 2012, 20:22 PM GMT) So do you feel that only Indian,SA and Aus teams should enter - or maybe a NZ side too - if Aukland were to qualify ,which looks unlikely - . The facts are that in this years CLT20 an English side (1 from 2) qualified from the 3 team group stages ahead of the fancied T+T side and with a hugely depleted squad. They then lost all the group matches as expected but in only 1 match were they uncompetitive. In last years CLT20 Somerset got to the Semis and were beaten by 10 runs by winners MI which was closer than the runners up got and that was without their captain Trescothick. Surely that proves that English sides have played quality cricket in this format. It seems to me more about your feelings towards England than anything else which seems sad.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 23, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

@aby_manyu on (October 22 2012, 20:06 PM GMT) Mate , full respect to you too. I think success of a club/team is relative to expectations which is relative to the players you have which in turn is also relative to financial clout. Yorks would not have been expected to win a qualifying match by many with the squad they had out here - which I think most Yorks fans will admit would not have reached finals day in UK if they played the whole campaign with this group - so just to qualify ahead of T+T is a huge success. This is not meant to be a dig at IPL clubs but I'd say with the heavy investments and quality players they have it will be seen as failure not to reach the semis. Yes I do remember a young Sachin played for Yorks. In the 80s we had many quality overseas players playing over here inc Sunil and Kapil

Posted by JG2704 on (October 23, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

@yorkshirematt on (October 22 2012, 20:00 PM GMT) I was talking about the CL in football where it is nearly always a side from one of those 4 nations who wins it. And even re the premiership there are only realistically (at most) a handful of teams that are going to win it each year but my point is should we do away with the other countries reps in the football CL or the other 15 teams in the premiership?

Posted by ssenthil on (October 23, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

@raj_che, contd., The Fact remains is IPL had a FRESH Auction in 2011 and CSK were went for this International level players by that time they were well established. Raina had a stealer debut and start to his career in 2005 and just in 2006 tour to SA proved fatal and dropped from the team and he already re-establishing but yes, IPL given the much needed re-attention to him. But have a look at KKR players, Except M Tiwary others how long been in Domestic circuit itself? While All CSK players were in the domestic circuit for long long time even before they emerged as IPL stars. Most of them were had Domestic debut before 2005 except Vijay (I guess). The final line of yours is the Point, CSK has really good talent which no other IPL team has and leading that dream team isn't a big problem for any1 and Dhoni's captaincy is certainly hyped one rather then it was considered great by many, it's good sometime and Pathetic many a time and when luck was there he is winning now his luck deserted

Posted by ssenthil on (October 23, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

@raj_che, In wonder in which world do you live or do you even look at the stats of those players before commenting, Ashwin is truly a International star and he now leads Indian spin attack for a good measure and with Ashwin, M Vijay and Badri CSK would be always struggle despite the stars like Dhoni, Raina, Morkel, Dough Bollinger, Bravo, Mike Hussey etc., I think you need to be educated about cricket that they were not called to Indian team becoz of their performance in IPL only, look at their domestic stats and all players picked are based on their domestic form, FYI, Ashwin earned a BCCI contract in 2008 itself and Ashwin debut in IPL is in 2009 in SA where he is neither had Bat or Bowl in his debut match and he came to limelight only in 2010 IPL but before that itself he was in line for the call up to Indian cricket. M Vijay had his test debut in 2008 and had his IPL debut in 2009, No need to say abt badri how long he has been denied a chance.

Posted by Spike007 on (October 23, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

Ballance man of the match... surly... made it a game rather than a damp firework! Sure IPL becons too! 3rd in run scorers coming in at #4 or 5... in a side that lost all games???

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