Chennai Super Kings beat Yorkshire to end CLT20 on winning note

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 here today.

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.

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MS Dhoni turns his arm over during the CKS vs Yorkshire game. Pic/AFP

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 on 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. 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 6.9 overs to take Chennai closer to the target. 

Raina fell in the 12th over with Hannon-Dalby taking his second wicket with a slower ball. Raina struck a four and a six in his 30-ball knock.

Dhoni came in when his side were 74 for three in the 12th over and he was watchful for a while before easing himself off with a six off Adil Rashid in the 15th over.

Chennai needed 33 runs to win from the last five overs and Dhoni hit his second six off Azeem Rafiq in the 16th over.

Badrinath departed in the 17th over and Ravindra Jadeja did not last long as he was out for five in the next over, leaving Dhoni and Morkel to finish the job.

However, the India captain was bowled by Iain Wardlaw in the penultimate ball of the 19th over while attempting his trademark 'helicopter shot'.

Earlier, Morkel and Bollinger grabbed two wickets apiece in their miserly spells of four over each as Chennai restricted Yorkshire to 140 for six after electing to field. Morkel and Bollinger conceded 12 and 16 runs respectively to play main roles in Yorkshire's modest total.

Ben Hilfenhaus got a wicket for 32 runs while off-spinner R Ashwin continued his less-than-impressive show in the tournament as he returned wicketless while conceding 25 runs from his four overs. Ashwin ended the tournament with three wickets at the expense of 143 runs from the four matches he had played.

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Gary Ballance of Yorkshire plays a shot during his innings. Pic/AFP

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who played under Suresh Raina's captaincy in the inconsequential match, bowled two expensive overs, conceding 25 runs without a wicket.

For Yorkshire, Gary Ballance smashed a 38-ball 58 which he scored with the help of one four and five sixes. But, he did not get enough support from his colleagues as only David Miller (28) and captain Andrew Gale (23) could score substantially.

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