CSK need to carry winning momentum, says Hussey

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Published: Sunday, May 13, 2012, 12:28 [IST]
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Hussey lauds bowlers for victory

Chennai, May 13: After two wins in a row, they might in be at the top-four for the moment, but Chennai Super Kings batsman Michael Hussey feels his side need to carry on the winning momentum to make it to the play-offs.

Chennai comprehensively beat Delhi Daredevils by nine wickets on Saturday, Hussey said the victory lifted the spirits of the players.

"The mood was very good in the dressing room tonight. We won a good match particularly on the efforts of our fast bowlers, who made a huge difference. The feeling is good and we need to take the momentum in winning every game. It is tough but we will be putting in our best in the next two matches," Hussey said.

Hussey said his side are not thinking too far, their main aim first is to get to the play-offs, but they need to win both the remaining matches.

"We cannot be thinking about the final as yet. We have two more matches to go in the league phase and need to win them. But, having experience in playing these types of matches and winning under pressure, we have good experience in the big matches as well," he added.

Ben Hilfenhaus, who came in for in-form South African Faf du Plessis, impressive bowling figures of 27/3 in four overs helped Chennai restrict Delhi to 114.

Hussey said Hilfenhaus' match winning performance has created a big selection problem for CSK.

"I do not know what the selectors are going to decide. Du Plessis has been doing well this season but he has been down, so sat out in the last two games. He might come back as well but certainly Ben Hilfenhaus addition is a big plus."

Hussey lauded his Australian teammate for making such a difference at a crucial stage of the tournament.

"He has been able to get those early wickets and he has given fantastic starts putting the opposition under pressure. Certainly, he is a plus for the team," Hussey said.

"Actually, Ben's action is different to that of Doug (Bollinger). But, Ben is very good at swinging the brand new ball. It is an asset, though his action is a little different to both Albie (Morkel) and Doug."

Chennai head to Kolkata to face a tough match away from home, but Hussey feels his side are confident considering the fact that they have done well in pressure situations.

"We have done well in crunch situations in the previous years too. Changing team characteristics during crunch situations and performing well has been there. We have two more crunch matches and we need to continue the momentum.

"We got to continue our form and obviously the next game in Kolkata is a very tough match. Kolkata have been playing well and they know the home conditions well. It is going to be another huge pressure match," he said.

The Australian batsman also said his depend on overall team effort rather than just individual performances.

"I think we do not rely only on one or two or three individuals in our team but everyone can contribute to the team victory. I think the match that we won against Rajasthan was a similar match where we won with six balls to spare," he said.


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