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
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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

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, 14:59 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, 13:34 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, 12:17 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, 9:47 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, 9:18 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, 9:18 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, 9:17 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, 8:05 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, 7:57 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, 7:50 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???

Posted by masoodali150 on (October 23, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

Same Scenario here for Dhoni, You can not reach at the next stage of any tournament.

Posted by deadite11 on (October 23, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

Good way of ending from CSK with an experimental change of captaincy from MSD. However, some great faults from bowlers since initial matches costs the exit of this league. Ashwin's poor form, jadeja's unworthy play shows team needs some change in the squad. But in this CL, CSK proves worth better than other IPL teams with DD an exception. The other group was a weaker side other than KKR and DD. So i hope DD could make some impact in this tournament, all the best for DD.

Posted by raj_che on (October 23, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

@ssenthil, the fact that CSK has international level players is not right, the likes of Vijay, Badrinath, Ashwin all were domestic level players when they were picked for CSK, its only based on their performance in the IPL and Ranji were they picked for Indian team, so your theory that CSK has strong international players is not correct. Even Raina when picked for CSk @ 2008 was not an established International cricketer. They all evolved as good players over a period of time. KKR's indian players too were of the same class as CSk's but it is just that they hav'nt evolved as good international players over the time. They had a good plan for the overal auction and made sure they retain all their key players and it paid off during IPL 2011 and 2012. The very fact is that Chennai has much better local players than anyother IPL team has. KKR local talent is very lean except for Manoj Tiwary who is performing well in first class.

Posted by anver777 on (October 23, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

A fair job & a good rehearsal for Raina... Badrinath innings was very crucial for CSK, another couple of quick wkts at that moment, CSK would have struggled !!!!!

Posted by Gappistan on (October 23, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

@Wickyroy There will be two records.. one for sachin and other for Boom Boom, he will make his comeback to pakistani side atleast 25 times before final retirement or may be another record for maximum ducks. In that case Agarkar would be happy to give his Bombay Duck title to Afridi. Then its up to the die hard Pakistani fans to call him Karachi Duck or Khyber Duck.

Posted by sweetspot on (October 23, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

CSK were easily the better team in this game, but what are Yorkshire doing with just one of their batsmen having a career strike rate of 100? There are, in this team, players with SR around 60, for heavens sake! This is T20! CSK is being very mature by grooming a future captain. Of course Raina has led India with success, and he's not new to captaincy, and it was good to see they were having fun, by letting MSD bowl etc.

Posted by sumit176 on (October 23, 2012, 3:09 GMT)

@wickyroy,,,,even after 50 yrs,,,he will be better than any of your current batsmen

Posted by ifrakurshid on (October 23, 2012, 2:34 GMT)

Chaanai super kings wins as anticipated a good gesture from Dhoni to leave the seat of power on the field but nullified as he took on to bowl as PER plan should have given full powers to the new capt on and of the field he was in the same boat like capt of mumbai leading team under pressure without full freedom on and off the field inspite of that the result was positive for the Channai congrats to the men in yellows. This match was of very little intrest for the fans in general punters making good money courtesy Dehli Dare Devils specially Veru who has once again showed the path how to achive victory in tough circumstance while playing out side india. Re-forming of the team should be given serious thinking specially leadership on the field for future champioship in and out side india.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (October 22, 2012, 22:58 GMT)

Actually Ashwin is kind of overrated bowler. He has a good average because he has played a lot in the subcontinent. On the other hand he hasn't played that much in International Level. It's too early to talk about his ability. Don't even try to compare him with Kumble. Since he's playing for India he has been praised by a millions of Indian fans to make him an overrated player. The other reason for his popularity is thath he is a player of CSK who won IPL and CLT20. Remember that it is Club level Cricket.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 22, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

Re the game , well bowled Bollinger and well batted Badrinath. As a Somerset/England fan , I'm really proud of how Yorkshire have represented our country. With the severely weakened squad they set out with I felt they did superbly well just to qualify ahead of T+T and were competitive in all but 1 of the group games and literally were playing with half their side from the 2012 domestic campaign. A shame our country won't be represented next year. I presume it will just be India/SA and Australia being represented which is sad

Posted by ssenthil on (October 22, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

@Kumar Rangarajan, I always think Gauti is really a much better captain then Dhoni always regardless of the result. Gauti is not having a great team like Dhoni has as KKR spent a whopping 2.4 BN for Tukka player Yusuf Pathan and another 2.5 in Gauti itself making them more constraint on other players. But despite that they made full use of their non star local players while CSK full of International level class players, name 1 person in the CSK side hasn't player International Cricket? I think all 11 players they fielded except Yo Mahesh has all played all forms of International Cricket. May be Jadeja not in Tests. See their squad and supporting staffs and look at KKR. M Bisla, DB Das, I Abdulla never played for India anytime, even M Tiwary had very limited chances, Only Gauti is their consistent Indian player while CSK has Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin all 3 now plays in every Indian matches. CSK is really great squad thanks to VB Chandrasekar and his clever pickings. Now you know what is easy

Posted by ssenthil on (October 22, 2012, 21:22 GMT)

@JG2704, As I said earlier, it's not about 8 Major countries. CL can do without any Eng teams as always ECB and 90% of the Eng fans whining about IPL and CL. May be you are right in saying that " each country all have the same amount of overseas players and have it like an IPL style auction etc" I m sure BCCI won't object that and BCCI never going to deny ECB teams having 4 overseas players certainly SA players mostly be considered as their home players anyway. Perhaps I would rather accept that it's narrow minded from the part of BCCI and some extend by CA and CSA. But we like to see quality cricket. I like the way NZ and T & T before fighting it. I m not the one likes this certain format, I even would like to have 12 teams, 3 from India, 2 each from SA and Aus directly and 2 teams from Eng, 2 from WI, 2 from NZ, 2 from SL, 2 from Pak and 2 from Bang competing for rest of 5 spot with all teams playing each other in a round robin and top 5 qualifies for main event and Main event 6 each

Posted by aby_prasad on (October 22, 2012, 21:06 GMT)

@jg2704 well said and i feel really bad someone said that. as an indian fan, i think i shud remind myself and others that it is the english counties and clubs that always trained international players traditionally and made them better and we all have a long list of players that went to england and improved themselves!!! just cos yorkshire lost doesnt make them unworthy,wud u call mi or kkr unworthy?in fact i heard the commentator saying yorkshire was the youngest and the most inexperienced in this format. Wouldnt be surprised if they turn out the strongest in some years!.hey did u know yorkshire was the first to hire sachin a long long time back? Respects :)

Posted by yorkshirematt on (October 22, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

@JG2704 To be fair there are more countries that play football. Also I can't believe that we're talking about an English team in cricket as we would talk about a team from somewhere like Greece or Portugal in football. That's what the IPL/BBL have done I suppose

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 22, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

Sachin startd playing when my grandfathr was there n sachin would keep on playing when my grand children would b there.i guess he z going to hav anothr record his belt which would be"the batsmen who was cluelesly bowled most times than all othr batsmen

Posted by JG2704 on (October 22, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

@ssenthil on (October 22 2012, 16:32 PM GMT) How is it good for CL to not have one of the 8 major countries being represented? What would level out the playing field in the CLT20 would be for each side from each country all have the same amount of overseas players and have it like an IPL style auction etc. I know that will never happen but it'd be interesting for IPL sides to prove or non IPL sides to disprove. In football we have a CL and while it's nearly always a side from Spain,Eng,Italy or Germany that wins it (much due to financial clout) I'd never even think of belittling those from other nations who don't have those advantages. We wouldn't have had those glory nights where an underdog wins a match or Porto the whole tournament if it was structured in such a narrow minded manner that only those 4 countries were represented.

Posted by   on (October 22, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

@ssenthil: since raina has captained one match to victory doesnt mena he is a better captain than dhoni. The same was told when kkr won the ipl t20. now in this tournament, gambhir captaincy could produce only a solitary win. this match was a no pressure game. we were just playing for pride. 2-3 matches could not determine whether a player is a good captain.

Posted by svel on (October 22, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

@ rahulcricket007 - - aswin was given a spell very late... and more than that jus two bad matches in t20 does not mean he is a bad bowler overseas... remember he was the man of the tournament in earlier clt20... think before u speak... dont be biased...

Posted by ssenthil on (October 22, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

I m really glad that no more England teams from the next edition of CL. Good for CL, goo that they have put down to qualifier as well. I feel at Max IPL should have 3 teams if they want an advantage over other partners SA and Aus. But 4 teams is really stupid. I hope people seen how effectively Raina captained then Dhoni with the same team. Dhoni is always a poor captain just got the right team at the right time, nothing else to hype about his captaincy.

Posted by symsun on (October 22, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

Jadeja was gud if the batsman fails, but proved mindless again & again, gifting length balls when the batsman are firing. Other left handers like Jayasurya or Yuvi or even Jagati would have fired the balls without giving much time for the batsman.

Posted by symsun on (October 22, 2012, 15:19 GMT)

Ashwin would have bowled better if given the new ball. But Dhoni used very late either adamantly or since he had no other options in the dugout since he cant use others like bollinger or hilfen or morkel with old balls.

Posted by symsun on (October 22, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

Dhoni make his intentions very clear to CSK mgmt and Srinivasan. He don't wants to continue captaincy pressure for CSK. Soon he will do the same in ODI for India. He had already announced that he may not be available for 2015 WC which is to be held in Australia and he will decide his future in 2013. Dhoni is really a great smart cricketer.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (October 22, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

i think ashwin & jadeja has really costed csk in this clt20 . especially ashwin has benn rubbish in all the games . ashwin lost the game against highweld lions & nearly lost it against mumbai indians . think ashwin is only effective in subcontinent & that 's a worry sign because selctors think aswhin as a good spin option for overseas tests . they thinks that ashwin can do the job which kumble used to do .

Posted by aby_prasad on (October 22, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

iv said it b4 and will say again. r.jadeja is the worst selection ever. dhoni, ur going to be doomed with the same thing that propelled u if u stick on to these kind of players beyond logic! used to lov dhoni, still do, but this...jeez, theres a limit

Posted by   on (October 22, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

MSD bowling cant wait............. go CSK

Posted by   on (October 22, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

dhoni should resign captaincy by himself n enjoy his betting..........

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