Hussey half century gives Super Kings hope
Michael Hussey scored an impressive half century for the Super Kings to help them reach 136-6 in their must win game against the Chevrolet Warriors at St George’s Park.
Hussey reached his milestone from just 39 deliveries to give the Super Kings hope after their middle order had failed to fire despite an excellent opening partnership from Hussey and Murali Vijay.
With so much riding on the game the Super Kings got off to an excellent start with Vijay and Hussey sharing an opening stand of 63.
The pair started off slowly scoring 37 runs during the power play overs but when Nicky Boje was brought into the attack Vijay dispatched the spinner for a massive six over midwicket before scoring another boundary of Boje’s last ball.
The ease with how Vijay scored would have alarmed Warriors skipper Davey Jacobs who had come into the game with three spinners and only one recognised fast bowler, Makhaya Ntini.
Vijay and Hussey continued to turn the strike over taking easy singles with ease until their partnership was ended by Justin Kreusch who bowled Vijay (35) with a full length delivery which the batsman tried to flick through midwicket.
The wicket was a big breakthrough for the Warriors and even though Hussey added 26 more runs with Suresh Raina (6); the new batsman quickly returned to the dugout after he was brilliantly caught by Colin Ingram out on the boundary.
The wicket gave Kreusch his second victim of the night and left the Super Kings 89-2 but with Hussey and MS Dhoni now at the crease the Super Kings would have still felt confident of scoring a big total.
Hussey completed a well deserved half century from the last delivery of Kreusch’s 3rd over with a quickly taken single which put him on strike to face Johan Boje but the spinner who had conceded 21 runs from his previous 2 overs struck back to dismiss the opening batsman.
Boje bowled a full delivery which Hussey (50) tried to slog sweep but the pace beat the Australian and he could only watch as the ball smashed into his middle stump.
After a positive start the Super Kings were now starting to struggle with the run rate dipping to just 6.8 and when Kreusch returned to bowl Subramaniam Badrinath (2) the current IPL Champions had been reduced to 99-4 with only 5 overs remaining.
Boje and Rusty Theron increased the pressure by conceded just 9 runs during the next two overs to leave the Super Kings 18 balls to rescue their stuttering innings which had seen them only score 21 runs from their previous 5 overs.
Having started off so well the Super Kings innings had almost ground to a halt before Dhoni smashed two fours and a six off the bowling of the Lonwabo Tsotsobe to add 16 vital runs to their total.
Theron struck back to remove Srikkanth Anirudha (7) with the second ball of the final over before new batsman Justin Kemp sacrificed his wicket by running himself out to get Dhoni (31) back on strike.
The Super Kings skipper added 3 more runs before Ravichandran Ashwin scored 1 run from the final ball of the game to help the IPL franchise reach 136-6.