Hussey boosts Chennai Kings to 240/5

Published: Saturday, April 19, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
Share this on your social network:
   Facebook Twitter Google+    Comments Mail

Mohali: Michael Hussey smashed 114* off 54 balls as Chennai Kings set Mohali Kings XI Punjab a daunting 241-run target in the Indian Premier League T20 tie at the PCA Stadium here on Saturday.

The Aussie left-hander plundered seven fours and 10 sixes for his first ever century in the ultra-abridged version of the sport. 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.

The formidable Mohali Kings' bowling attack studded with some of the best in the business in the shape of Lee, Hopes, Pathan, Chawla et al proved largely ineffective and expensive on their home ground as Chennai Kings' batters Hussey in particular meant business on a good batting strip.

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.

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 a huge 240/5.

Brief Scores:

Chennai Super Kings 240/5 in 20 overs (Mike Hussey 114*, Suresh Raina 32, Badri 31*; Pathan 2 for 47) Vs Mohali Kings XI Punjab.


Write Comments