Hussey leads the way for Super Stars
Mike Hussey blasted the fastest hundred in Twenty20 history as the Chennai Super Kings rattled up an imposing 240 for five in their first Indian Premier League match against Kings XI Punjab.
It was a virtual carnage at the PCA ground as Hussey plundered 116 off 54 balls to record the second century in the tournament in as many days after Brendon McCullum's 158 in the opening match in Bangalore last night.
Electing to bat, the Chennai team took full advantage of a perfect batting strip and short boundaries with sixes and fours raining on a hapless Yuvraj Singh-led home team.
Suresh Raina (32), S Badrinath (31) and Matthew Hayden (25) were the other notable scorers for Chennai Super Kings.
The highlight of the innings was the explosive strokeplay by Hussey, who hit as many as 10 sixes and seven boundaries to record an amazing strike rate of 211.11.
The likes of Brett Lee, S Sreesanth, Irfan Pathan and James Hopes could do nothing to stop the run deluge while the two spinners Piyush Chawla and Karan Goel were little more than cannon fodder.
In fact, Chawla's only over cost 19 runs forcing Yuvraj to take him out of the attack.
However, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the highest paid player in the landmark auction, could manage just two runs before being trapped leg before by Hopes.
But his team-mates made amends for his cheap dismissal with some lusty hitting which helped the team put on a mammoth total.