Chennai Super Kings reign over Mohali Kings XI

Published: Saturday, April 19, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mohali: Michael Hussey's blazing 116* off 54 helped Chennai Super Kings overwhelm Mohali Kings XI Punjab by 33 runs in the Indian Premier League T20 tie at the PCA Stadium here on Saturday.

It rained boundaries and sixes in a match that saw the combined score of 447 in 40 overs. Spare a thought for the bowlers.

The top five batsmen got starts but failed to translate them into match winning one as Mohali Kings ended on 207/4 chasing a daunting 241-run victory target. James Hopes (71 off 33) and Sangakkara (54 off 33) put on some fight before succumbing under pressure. Yuvraj (23) and Karan Goel (24) chipped in with little cameos in a losing cause. Katich remained unbeaten on 17-ball 21.


Murali was the pick of Chennai bowlers with 1 for 33 in his four overs.

But this game will be remembered solely for the Hussey's brutal knock. His knock wrested the game in favour of Chennai side and denied the local outfit a chance despite the later scoring runs at brisk rate  The Aussie southpaw plundered seven fours and 10 sixes for his first ever century in the ultra-abridged version of the sport.

Hussey a batsman in the classical mould scored bulk of his runs with proper cricketing shots. He middled the ball well and the timing was immaculate. He fetched most of his boundaries and sixes in the arch from covers to mid-wicket.

He steadied Chennai innings after the early setbacks with a 66-run stand with Raina (32 off 13) and consolidated his side with an unbeaten 65-run stand with Badri (31 off 14). Matt Hayden stroked 26 in 17 balls.

Earlier Chennai opting to bat raced to 26 in third over before Parthiv Patel edging one to gloveman Sangakkara off Lee. Hussey joined Hayden in the middle and the Aussie pair added 31 runs. Hayden, who looked in good touch cutting his bete noire Sreesanth for a max over point, played Pathan's short of good length ball on to stumps.

The million dollar boy Dhoni came and went in jiffy. Hopes trapped the Chennai skipper plumb infront to leave 'em in some sort of bother at 62/3 in eighth over before Hussey along with Raina and Badri took the attack to rival camp and eventually help the Southern Kings reach huge 240/5.


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