Hussey knock secures win for CSK

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Veteran Australian batsman Mike Hussey scored a blistering 95 for the Chennai Super Kings, which led them to a total of 200 against the Kolkata Knight Riders and it was enough to win by 14 runs on Sunday.

Veteran Australian batsman Mike Hussey scored a blistering 95 for the Chennai Super Kings, which led them to a total of 200 against the Kolkata Knight Riders and it was enough to win by 14 runs on Sunday.

Mr Cricket and Wriddhiman Saha put on 103 for the first wicket, at more than 10 to the over, to ensure a big enough score, and it was a good thing too as Manvinder Bisla's 92 was nearly enough for the defending champions. But they fell short on 186 for four.

Chennai were put in to bat by Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir, and it was immediately apparent that it was the wrong move by the captain. Hussey and Saha made light work of the Kolkata opening bowlers, and then dispatched Jacques Kallis for 36 runs in two overs.

Hussey needed just 59 balls for his 95, striking two sixes and 11 boundaries, while Saha made 39 at the other end. They put on their century stand, but Rajat Bhatia ended the partnership in the 11th over, inducing Saha to be caught by Eoin Morgan.

Suresh Raina then came in to join Hussey and he made 44 off 25 balls. The pair pushed the score to 158 before Hussey was caught off the bowling of Sunil Narine. Chennai skipper MS Dhoni then arrived at the crease and was unbeaten on 18 at the end.

Kolkata needed to go at a cracking pace from the get-go, and even though they looked out of it for the most part, Bisla made sure the final overs were a bit more tense than Dhoni would have liked. He was, however, run out by Mr Cricket himself at the death.

Aside from Bisla's 92 off 61 balls, the other Knight Riders batsmen failed to impress. Morgan was the exception, mind you, but he couldn't pull off the 19 required off the final Chris Morris over, and ended on 32 not out.

The win pushed the Super Kings to the top of the table, while the Knight Riders languished at third-from-bottom with just three wins out of nine games.

Chennai Super Kings: W Saha, M Hussey, S Raina, S Badrinath, MS Dhoni, R Jadeja, DJ Bravo, C Morris, R Ashwin, D Nannes, M Sharma

Kolkata Knight Riders: M Bisla, G Gambhir, B McCullum, Y Pathan, J Kallis, E Morgan, D Das, R Bhatia, S Narine, Shami Ahmed, L Balaji

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