Vijay, Hussey blast CSK to 205/5 against RCB

Published: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 21:53 [IST]
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RCB need 206 to win the IPL

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, the Chennai Super Kings began their innings on a cautious note with just 5 runs coming off Zaheer Khan in the first over. But Murali Vijay hit his stride soon enough, smashing Sreenath Aravind for a six at the end of the second over, while Michael Hussey followed suit in the first ball of the third, carting Zaheer for a maximum as the score soared to 23/0. While Chris Gayle was bowling the following over, Saurabh Tiwary shied at the stumps to give away four overthrows as Chennai climbed to 36/0 after 4 overs.

Hussey rounded off the fifth over by sending the spin of Syed Mohammad into orbit, before Vijay clobbered Gayle for another six with the first ball of the next over, thus taking CSK to over 50 in just 5.1 overs. Then Hussey struck a four off Abhimanyu Mithun in the 8th over, before Vijay smashed Daniel Vettori for a six in the next as the score moved along to 84/0 after 9 overs. Vijay followed up with two fours off Mithun, the first of which slipped through the hands of Luke Pomersbach at the fence.

In the 11th over, Vijay took a single off Mohammad to bring up his 50 off 29 balls, before Hussey moved closer to his with a four which also brought up CSK's 100 (in 10.3 overs). Vijay was clearly in prime form, hammering Aravind for a six in the 12th over before rounding off the over with another maximum as the score moved onto 121/0 in 12 overs. But Vijay wasn't done with business - he knocked another boundary off Zaheer in the 13th over and then teamed up with Hussey (who had reached his own 50) to each knock a four off Vettori in the following over as CSK now had a handosme 143/0 against its name.

The duo brought up their side's 150, by each lopping a six off Mohammad in the 15th over. But there was finally some respite for RCB when in the end of the same over, Hussey was out caught by Mithun for 63 off 45 balls as the score read 159/1. The new batsman M S Dhoni took an over to settle in before carting Gayle for two sixes in the 18th over as the CSK moved along to 188/1.

Then Aravind was able to peg back the hosts by getting Vijay out for 95 off 51 balls and then Dhoni in the next ball for 22 off 13 balls. Suresh Raina found his groove by smashing the same bowler for a six. But Gayle pegged them back further when he got Albie Morkel and Raina out off successive balls, before Dwayne Bravo took CSK over 200 with a last-ball six.

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