Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey's post-retirement surge of form continued on Saturday as his half century led the Chennai Super Kings to an easy eight-wicket win over the Brisbane Heat.
Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey's post-retirement surge of form continued on Saturday as his half century led the Chennai Super Kings to an easy eight-wicket win over the Brisbane Heat in the Champions League Twenty20.
Hussey made 57 not out off 48 balls as the IPL superstars reached the 138 required with four overs to spare, after the Big Bash outfit could only post 137 for seven in their 20 overs in Ranchi.
The Heat were asked to bat first as they searched for their first win of the tournament, with CSK skipper MS Dhoni looking to restrict the target on a good batting track. His men got off to a perfect start, getting rid of debutant Dom Michael for a duck in the first over.
Three more wickets fell by the seventh over, as James Hopes, Dan Christian and Joe Burns all joined Michael in the dug out for low scores, as only Hopes managed to reach double figures in the face of the experienced Indian attack.
Chris Lynn and Chris Hartley were the best of the top order, making 29 and 35 respectively, while Ben Cutting's 42 not out at the death was the only reason the Heat were able to post anything defendable. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin were the pick of the bowlers, using their international experience to top effect.
The Super Kings' chase was an easy one from the get go, as Hussey and Murali Vijay combined for a stand of 75 in the first 10 overs. Vijay, who'd been having a torrid time of it in the tournament so far, managed a decent 42 off 27 balls before being dismissed by Cutting.
This left Mr Cricket and Suresh Raina to further the cause, and they put on 41 together to take the score to 116 in the 14th over. Raina was then trapped LBW by Christian, having added 23 runs to the tally off just 15 balls.
Hussey and Dhoni saw out the knock, with the skipper hitting the winning runs with a six off Cutting, putting his side clear at the top of the group B table.
Brisbane Heat: James Hopes, Joe Burns, Dan Christian, Chris Lynn, Chris Hartley, Ben Cutting, Cameron Gannon, Chris Sabburg, Dom Michael, Nathan Hauritz, Matthew Gale
Chennai Super Kings: Mike Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, S Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni, Ravi Jadeja, Albie Morkel, Jason Holder, Ravi Ashwin, Mohit Sharma
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