Dhoni hands over T20 captaincy to Raina

Chennai begins Champions League fight on winning note

Chennai Super Kings signed off their Champions League Twenty20 in style with a clinical four-wicket victory over Yorkshire in Durban on Monday.

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 an inconsequential Group B match at Kingsmead.

Chennai reached the target with an over to spare. Subramanium Badrinath top-scored with a 38-ball 47 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.

The highlight of the match was Dhoni handing over the captaincy to Raina perhaps anointing him as India's future Twenty20 captain.

Dhoni also chose not to keep the wickets and bowled two expensive overs in their inconsequential Champions League Twenty20 match against Yorkshire.

He made a fine fielding effort in the third over of the Yorkshire innings, a last-minute dive near the boundary after a long chase but could not stop the ball from touching the ropes.

Dhoni rolled his arm in the 15th over when Yorkshire were struggling at 88 for three. but his two overs cost 25 runs, being clobbered for two consecutive sixes in one over.
 

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