Too much too late for CSK
THE Chennai Super Kings continued the belated resurgence of Indian Premier League teams in the Champions League T20 in their match against Yorkshire at Kingsmead yesterday.
CSK won by four wickets with an over remaining in a game that had no bearing on the semis as both teams had fallen out of the race.
Another eliminated IPL team, the Kolkata Knight Riders, earned the tournament's biggest victory when they beat the Titans - who remain in contention for the final four - by 99 runs at Newlands on Sunday.
Those results will offer cold comfort to the three teams from the glamorous and lucrative IPL, the pioneering T20 circus, who have been dumped out of the CLT20.
The Mumbai Indians are the other IPL team on the scrapheap, leaving the Delhi Daredevils as the competition's sole representatives.
Albie Morkel took two wickets as injury-hit Yorkshire slumped to 43/3 in the space of 17 balls from the fifth to the eighth overs.
But Yorkshire found some backbone in the shape of South Africa's David Miller and Zimbabwean-born Gary Ballance, who shared a stand of 78 off 56 balls.
However, they were dismissed 11 balls apart, again stalling Yorkshire's momentum on their way to 140/6.
Miller nudged and nurdled 28 off 26 balls before he smashed a wide delivery from Doug Bollinger straight to cover.
Ballance launched five sixes and a four in his 58, which ended when he was run out trying to take a single to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha rather than MS Dhoni.
Dhoni also did not fulfil his accustomed role as captain - an honour that fell to Suresh Raina.
But Yorkshire also had nothing but pride to play for, and it showed. Four of the six bowlers conceded more than seven runs an over, and three went for more than eight.
All CSK needed to clinch their second win in four matches was a decent partnership or two.
They were delivered by Raina and S Badrinath, who put on 48 for the third wicket, and Badrinath and Dhoni, who shared 43 for the fourth. Badrinath top-scored with 47.