Deepankar Kaur | cricket20
Michael Hussey scored an impressive half century to help the Chennai Super Kings secure a comprehensive 22 run victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The Aussie played the perfect anchor role for the defending champions, remaining at the crease throughout the innings smashing 11 fours and 1 six during an innings of 83 which help the defending champions reach 183-5.
Faced with a tough run chase the Royals Challengers got off to a shocking start which saw them lose Tillakaratne Dilshan (0) and Asad Pathan (14) inside the first 2 overs to leave the visitors 17-2.
It could have been worse for last years beaten semi finalists had Michael Hussey held on to the simplest of catches after Virat Kohli had flicked the first delivery he faced to the Aussies at square leg.
The visitors luck didnít last long though thanks to Ravichandran Ashwin who dismissed Mayank Agarwal (7) at the end of the 5th over to leave the Royal Challengers 31-3.
Having survived a first ball duck Kohli (35) and new partner AB de Villiers built a 4th wicket partnership of 42 before he was finally dismissed in the 11th over by Shadab Jakati.
Despite Kohliís and de Villiers best efforts the Royal Challengers still needed another 111 runs from just 55 deliveries leaving the visitors facing another heavy defeat.
Saurabh Tiwary (14) and Cheteshwar Pujara (2) offered little resistantís as the Royals Challengers slumped to defeat despite de Villiers (64) reaching his second half century in this years tournament.
Murali Vijay got the Super Kings innings off to a rapid start thanks to a quick fire 31 which included 3 fours and 2 sixes; the big hitting opener targeted Johan van der Wath with great effect, dispatching him for two boundaries and a six in the 5th over.
The 27 year old Indian international followed this up by smashing Ryan Ninan for a massive six two overs later but his innings was ended abruptly after the next delivery when Vijay tried to repeat the shot only to be caught out on the long-off boundary by Zaheer Khan.
Despite the loss, Hussey, who had been dropped by Mohammad Kaif in the 5th over and new batsman Suresh Raina continued to cause carnage during a 2nd wicket partnership of 45.
With Hussey playing the anchor role, Raina went on the offensive with a cameo innings of 29 which included 3 fours and a six before he tried one shot too many and was caught by Mayank Agarwal at extra cover to give the expensive Ninan his second wicket of the match.
Dropped on 8 by Kaif, Hussey continued to anchor the innings, reaching his half century with a sweetly timed boundary through short fine leg in the 15th over to put the Super Kings firmly on top.
With the milestone reached Hussey increased the tempo by dispatching Virat Kohli for two boundaries in the next over before MS Dhoni (22) delighted the home crowd by dispatching Khan for a boundary and a massive six to start the 17th over.
With the pairs 50 partnership brought with the six, Khan struck back to remove Dhoni (22) who edged the bowlers next delivery through to wicket keeper AB de Villiers to leave the Super Kings 147-3.
Amazingly Hussey was dropped again, this time by Asad Patahan off the bowling of van der Wath who suffered a nightmare day conceding 49 runs from his 4 overs despite picking up the wickets of Albie Morkel (9) and Subramaniam Badrinath (5) in the final over.
Although the Super Kings lost two wickets in the final over they still reached an imposing total of 183-5 which will prove a tricky run chase for the Royal Challengers.