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Durban, October 22, 2012
His side already out of reckoning, Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni played under Suresh Raina's captaincy, bowled two expensive overs and scored a match-winning quickfire 31 in their inconsequential Champions League Twenty20 match against Yorkshire here.

Dhoni also chose not to keep the wickets as Wriddhiman Saha wore the gloves in the Group B match at the Kingsmead. Dhoni 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.

Crowd anticipation
The crowd anticipated Dhoni to roll his arms as he did bowling practice before the start of the match.


That moment arrived in the 15th over when Yorkshire were struggling at 88 for three. His two expensive overs, however, yielded 25 runs. Bowling around the stumps, Dhoni conceded seven runs in the first over with two wides though he did not concede a boundary.

He continued for another over - 17th - but was clobbered for two consecutive sixes to concede 18 from that over.

But he made amends with the bat later.

After CSK were reduced to 74/3, he joined Raina and then helped his team reach the target. He was dismissed just as the team reached 140, the score made by Yorkshire.

Raina made 31 while Subramaniam Badrinath hit 47 important runs.

Brief scores
Yorkshire 140/6 (G Ballance 58, D Miller 28, A Morkel 2/12); CSK 141/6 in 19 overs (S Badrinath 47, MS Dhoni 31, S Raina 31,  S Patterson 2/22)

Sixers make 136/7 against Mumbai
Electing to bat, Sydney Sixers scored 136 for seven against Mumbai Indians in their Group B match. 

The Sixers began well by racing away to 33 within the first five overs. They then lost a few quick wickets.

Lasith Malinga first removed Lumb and then Munaf Patel, who is looking to impress the selectors after a prolonged stay off cricket due to injury, picked up couple of quick wickets.

Munaf finished with 2 for 17 in his quota of four overs and was instrumental in limiting the Sixers.

The Sydney team was fortunate to have Steven Smith clicking with a quickfire 47 to lead the team to a decent total.

Nic Maddinson scored 27 while Nathan McCullum scored a quickfire 20 off just 12 balls towards the end of the innings.

The match is insignificant as Sixers have already qualified for the semifinals while the Mumbai team is out of the tournament. The match is also important for batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar who is having a poor run of form of late.

Brief Scores:
Sydney Sixers 136 for 7 in 20 overs (Steven Smith 41, Nic Maddinson 27; Munaf Patel 2/17, Lasith Malinga 2/36)