Deepankar Kaur | cricket20
Michael Hussey scored a vital half century to help a misfiring Chennai Super Kings set the Pune Warriors a run chase of 143 on a slow wicket at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
In an innings devoid of much entertainment, Hussey (61) led the way scoring a 42 ball half century to end the innings as the Super Kings top scorer.
Despite Hussey’s contribution the Warriors bowlers kept the home side under pressure throughout the innings with Murali Kartik (26-0) and Alfonso Thomas (29-2) leading the way.
Having been put into bat the Super Kings enjoyed a positive start thanks to Hussey and Murali Vijay who shared an opening stand of 64 before Alfonso Thomas struck twice in the 10th over.
The South African picked up the wickets of Vijay (31) and Suresj Raina (2) in the space of 5 deliveries to give the Warriors the slight advantage at the half way stage of the Super Kings innings.
Despite the loss of two quick wickets Hussey and MS Dhoni built a 3rd wicket partnership of 52 before Rahul Sharma struck in the 17th over to remove the Super Kings skipper who had decided it was time to break the shackles.
Dhoni dispatched two consecutive boundaries before he was stumped by Robin Uthappa after he tried to hit another boundary to leave the Super Kings 118-3.
Hussey and Albie Morkel (0) quickly followed as the Warriors increased the pressure on the Super Kings before Srikkanth Anirudha (7) and Subramaniam Badrinath (11) shared a 6th wicket stand of 19 to help the home side reach 142-6.