Chennai Super Kings v Yorkshire, Group A, CLT20, Durban

Chennai's captain switch, Yorkshire's fielding glitch

Plays of the day for the Champions League match between Chennai Super Kings and Yorkshire in Durban

Firdose Moonda

October 22, 2012

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MS Dhoni bowls at Kingsmead, Chennai Super Kings v Yorkshire, Champions League T20, Durban, October 22, 2012
MS Dhoni bowled two overs and gave away 25 runs © AFP
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Personnel shift of the day

With nothing but reputation on the line, Chennai Super Kings were not afraid to make some bold changes to their starting XI. MS Dhoni handed over the gloves to Wriddhiman Saha and the captaincy to Suresh Raina, who became the youngest man at 25 years and 330 days, to lead a Champions League side. He also promised to give Dhoni a few overs.

Bowler of the day

Raina kept his word and at the start of the 15th over, Dhoni was at the top of his mark. He was so keen to bowl his first delivery that he didn't even wait for the field to be set before he began running in. Dhoni was stopped on the way and some adjustments were made, but when he eventually got to bowl, he started with a wide.

Clean hit of the day

Gary Ballance's prowess has become well known over the course of the tournament. He brought up his second half-century of the event with a six over square leg but his best shot was the one that came after. Ben Hilfenhaus missed a yorker and ended up bowling a full toss. Ballance hit it over extra cover with the same precision as a butcher slicing through meat and the same skill that sees the knife come out clean.

Charge of the day

Subramanian Badrinath built the platform from which Dhoni could launch and he chose to do it at a time when Chennai may just have been getting nervy. Dhoni took three steps down the track to turn Rashid's delivery into a full toss and launched it over the mid-wicket boundary. The ball landed many rows back and hit a spectator in the stands.

Overthrows of the day

With only 140 to defend, Yorkshire could have been more careful with their fielding. Twice, they gave away four runs through wayward throws. Rafiq was the recipient of the first mistake, when short fine leg could not control his shy at the stumps. The fielder in that position was guilty again when Dhoni's pads nudged an Iain Wardlaw ball that way. The result should have been one leg-bye but a wild attempt saw the ball race to the cover fence and five leg byes were conceded instead.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by   on (October 23, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

an italian seems to think dhoni should retire? can u hold a bat?

Posted by   on (October 23, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

Dhoni please do indian cricket a favor and retire!!!!!!!

Posted by yorkshirematt on (October 22, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

@Nikhil_V_T Explains why he conceded 25 off his two overs. Nearly half our score!

Posted by kwaish on (October 22, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

Thats the same way he bats as well. with his eyes closed. he only opens them while keeping.. lol..

Posted by Team_India_Rocx on (October 22, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

Is Dhoni bowling with his eyes closed.

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