Badrinath Leads Chennai Super Kings To Consolation Victory
Chennai Super Kings 141-6 (Badrinath 47) beat
Yorkshire 140-6 (Ballance 58) by four wickets
CLT20 Group B, Durban
Chennai Super Kings ended their Champions League Twenty20 2012 campaign with a four-wicket win over Yorkshire in Durban.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni handed over captaincy duties to Suresh Raina and he was able to lead his side to victory with an over to spare.
Yorkshire made 140 for six, Gary Ballance hitting 58 and although that was on the low side of a competitive score, the English side were sloppy in the field and without a series of overthrows, might well have come out on the winning side.
Subramaniam Badrinath top scored with 47 for the Super Kings, who recovered strongly having been reduced to 26 for two early on.
Their innings was similar to Yorkshire's as they were 36 for two when they lost openers Andrew Gale (23) and Adam Lyth (11) within six balls of each other.
Albie Morkel (2-12) struck with his first ball to dismiss Gale and then had Joe Root caught behind by Wriddhaman Saha for six.
David MIller then hit 28 and Ballance's 58 in 38 balls included five sixes and helped haul Yorkshire up to the 140-run mark, aided by Dhoni leaking 25 runs from two overs of his gentle medium pace.
Australian pair Doug Bollinger (2-16) and Ben Hilfenhaus (1-32) were the other players to take a wicket.
Pacers Steve Patterson and Oliver Hannon-Dalby kept Yorkshire in the game by dismissing Francois du Plessis (1) and Murali Vijay (13) respectively but a well-paced partnership of 48 between Raina (31) and Badrinath steered them towards a safer position.
Raina fell to Hannon-Dalby but captain or not, Dhoni made sure he had an influence on the match with an innings of 31 in 23 balls that included a brace apiece of fours and sixes.
Although Iain Wardlaw bowled both Badrinath and Dhoni with well-directed yorkers, the double strike merely delayed the inevitable.
Patterson finished with two for 22 as both Wardlaw and Hannon-Dalby returned identiacal figures of two for 23 in their four overs.
© Cricket World 2012
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