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CSK bow out with a bang

Raina the skipper and Dhoni the batsman help CSK beat Yorkshire in final group match


October 23, 2012 1:11:38 am

Chennai Super Kings produced a clinical all-round show as they scored a comfortable four-wicket victory over Yorkshire to sign off their Champions League Twenty20 campaign with a win. Opting to field,Chennai restricted Yorkshire to 140 for six on the back of impressive bowling from pacers Albie Morkel (2/12) and Doug Bollinger (2/16)and then romped home with six balls to spare in the inconsequential Group B match at Kingsmead.

S Badrinath top-scored with a 38-ball 47 which he made with the help of four boundaries while Mahendra Singh Dhoni,who played under Suresh Raina’s captaincy in the match,made 31 from 23 balls. Raina himself contributed 31 from 30 balls.

Chennai,the 2010 champions,ended third in Group B with eight points behind Sydney Sixers and Highveld Lions,the two teams who made it to the semifinals. Wriddhiman Saha,who kept wickets in the match as Dhoni also decided not to wear the wicketkeeper’s gloves,hit the winning run — a single — as Chennai reached 141 for six in the last ball of the 19th over.

Chasing 141 for a win,Chennai did not have the best of starts as they lost opener Faf du Plessis (1) in the second over of the bowling of Steven Patterson. The other opener Murali Vijay (13) struck two fours in the next over before he was out in the fifth over. Vijay wanted to hit Hannon-Dalby to midwicket fence but the ball did not take the full face of the bat as it went up high to land into the hands of Adam Lyth at square-leg.

Chennai were then at a wobbly 26 for two but Raina and Badrinath settled down quickly and shared a 48-run stand for the third wicket from 6.5 overs to take Chennai closer to the target.

Brief scores: Yorkshire 140/6 (Gary Ballance 58,David Miller 28; Doug Bollinger 16/2) vs CSK 141/6 in 19 overs (S Badrinath 47,MS Dhoni 31; Ian Wardlaw 23/2).

..MUMBAI WITH A WHIMPER

Mumbai Indians’ disastrous campaign in the Champions League Twenty20 came to an end with their third defeat in four matches as they meekly surrendered to Sydney Sixers by 12 runs at Kingsmead. Chasing a modest target of 137,Mumbai frittered away a good platform provided by openers Sachin Tendulkar and Dwayne Smith as they ended on 124 for eight in their stipulated 20 overs.

Tendulkar and Smith added 52 runs for the opening stand in 8.2 overs but the middle order failed miserably as the Big Bash champions clawed their way back into the match. Mumbai Indians gained a lucky entry as the fourth IPL team in this tournament but their entire campaign was a nightmarish one as they failed to perform as a unit in high-pressure situations,thus ending on a winless note. Australia’s gen-next pacers,Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins along with talented all-rounder Moises Henriques shared bulk of the spoils between them.

Brief scores: Sydney Sixers 136/7 (S Smith 41,M Lumb 28,2/17 M Patel) vs Mumbai Indians 124/8 (D Smith 26,H Singh 22*,S Tendulkar 22,Cummins 2/16)

Delhi eye semifinal spot

DELHI Daredevils,the only IPL team left in contention,will aim to seal a semifinal berth but will face stiff challenge from home favourites Titans on Tuesday. Live on Star Cricket: 9 pm

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