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Yorkshire aim to shrug off injury concerns
Yorkshire want to end their successful season in style tomorrow by shocking Chennai Super Kings in Durban (12.30pm UK).
Andrew Gale’s side face the Indian Premier League giants in a dead rubber with their backs already against the wall due to an injury crisis.
But they can take inspiration from coming within a whisker of beating Highveld Lions in Johannesburg yesterday.
The county are considering calling up Gurman Randhawa to their squad as cover for the final Group B encounter because the 20-year-old left-arm spinner is playing club cricket in Cape Town.
As they left the Wanderers yesterday evening, they only had ten players definitely available for tomorrow’s clash following injuries to Phil Jaques (torn hip flexor) and Azeem Rafiq (dislocated finger).
Although David Miller is expected to return to the line-up, his availability has not been rubber-stamped.
Moin Ashraf is definitely out with a hamstring problem, while Ryan Sidebottom is in doubt due to a similar issue.
Yorkshire, who even had to briefly employ first-team coach Jason Gillespie as a substitute fielder, battled superbly with the ball against the Lions after only posting a below-par 131-7.
They made the hosts chase 20 off the last two overs but Jean Symes helped by taking 14 off debutant Oliver Hannon-Dalby in the penultimate over to seal a five-wicket win with four balls to spare.
“We might be out of the competition but we still want to win the last game,” said captain Gale.
“Chennai have got some world-class players and we want to hold our own and put on a good show.” Tomorrow will be Yorkshire’s 19th Twenty20 fixture in 2012 and they have only lost four so far.