Vijay half century hands advantage to Super Kings
Murali Vijay lead the way for the Chennai Super Kings scoring an impressive half century against the Victorian Bushrangers in one of most eagerly anticipated games in this years tournament.
The opener top scored for the Super Kings smashing 73 from just 53 balls including 5 fours and 4 sixes to help the IPL champions reach 162-6.
Having won the toss the Super Kings decided to bat first with Michael Hussey coming into the line up; replacing the out of form Matthew Hayden, to open the batting with Vijay.
The pair started off slowly but once they saw off an aggressive opening spell by Dirk Nannes they started to lay the foundations of an important opening stand for the Super Kings.
Having survived a number of early run out opportunities the pair started to attack the Bushrangers bowlers with Vijay leading the way dispatching Clint McKay for an effortless six over the long-on boundary at the start of the 6th over.
He repeated the shot with the same result against Andrew McDonald two overs later before the Bushrangers struck back.
The partnership reached 68 before Hussey (25) was caught by Aaron Finch out on the deep extra cover boundary after he tried to smash McKay into the stands.
Despite the lose Vijay continued his impressive innings recording a well deserved half century in the 13th over with a boundary through midwicket before Suresh Raina (10) short time at the crease was ended after he was bowled by McKay to leave the Super Kings 94-2.
Vijay was joined at the crease by MS Dhoni and the pair built a 3rd wicket partnership of 41 which put the Super Kings in control, their partnership included 19 runs of the bowling of Peter Siddle who was removed from the bowling attack having bowled 3 waists high no balls in the 16th over.
Vijay’s (73) excellent innings was brought to an end though by John Hastings an over later as the Bushrangers fought their way back into the game thanks to an excellent catch by Rob Quiney out on the long-on boundary.
Srikkanth Anirudha (2), Dhoni (22) and Subramaniam Badrinath (1) quickly followed to leave the Super Kings 150-6 but Justin Kemp and Ravichandran Ashwin added 12 vital runs to give the batting team the slight advantage.