IPL6: Chennai crush Punjab in battle of Kings

Hussey and Vijay hit unbeaten half centuries

A masterclass by retired Australian great Michael Hussey (86 not out) and a composed unbeaten half century by Murali Vijay (50) saw Chennai Super Kings record their first win in IPL.

After bowling out Kings XI Punjab for 138, the visitors coasted home with nearly three overs to spare.

Hussey smashed two sixes and 11 boundaries during his 54-ball 86 as Chennai reached 139 for no loss in 17.2 overs.

Vijay was content to play second fiddle to his more illustrious partner pacing his innings beautifully hitting a six and three boundaries during his run-a-ball 50.

The only blemish in Hussey's dominant knock was when Chawla floored a return catch.

Earlier, KXIP put into bat collapsed in a heap despite cruising at 106-3 after 14 overs.

After a brisk start, they lost both openers Gilchrist and Mandeep Singh in quick succession in the third over.

Vohra also departed after a breezy 16 off 11 balls having hit three boundaries.

David Hussey (41) and Gurkeerat Singh (31) resuscitated the innings with a 56-run stand for the fourth wicket.

But their innings crumbled thereafter losing their last seven wickets for 27 runs within six overs.

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS INNINGS

Hussey sent Kumar sailing over midwicket followed by a single to hit the winning runs.

Chennai are 131 for no loss after 17 overs.

Vijay completes his seventh IPL fifty with a single complimenting Hussey well.

Hussey has blasted Mahmood for his first six in the 17th over having opened with a boundary.

Chennai are racing to victory with Sathish going for 16 in the 16th over. Chennai 119 for no loss.

Hussey pulls Sathish to midwicket for a boundary while Vijay lofts him over long-off for the first six of the Chennai innings to move to 49.

Chennai are in cruise control with Hussey hammering his ninth boundary off Chawla in the 14th over.

Harris goes for 14 in his final over Vijay hits a couple of boundaries while Hussey completes his half century in over number 13.

Chennai are comfortably placed at 65 for no loss at the halfway stage chasing a target of 139 with Hussey unbeaten on 40 and Vijay not out 23.

Hussey cracks consecutive boundaries off Awana in the ninth over to bring up the 50 of the Chennai innings.

Gilchrist misses a chance to stump Vijay in an eventful over from Chawla.

Hussey seems to be having a charmed innings as Chawla drops a returns catch after surviving a run out.

Hussey survives a close call for a run out being adjudged not out after much deliberation.

Hussey cuts Awana for his fourth boundary as Chennai reach 38 for no loss in the Powerplay overs.

Vijay hits his first boundary punching Mahmood through extra cover in the fourth over.

Michael Hussey cracks Kumar through the covers for his second boundary in the third over.

Michael Hussey hits the first boundary of the Chennai innings cutting Praveen Kumar through point as they begin chasing the target of 139.

Kings XI Punjab put into bat by Chennai Super Kings are bowled out for 138 in Match 11 of IPL6 at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday.

David Hussey (41) and Gurkeerat Singh (31) were the main contributors for Punjab who lost their last seven wickets for 27 runs in less than six overs.

Despite a brisk start from openers Gilchrist and Mandeep Singh, Nannes struck twice within the space of three ball in the third over to put them on the back foot.

Hussey who completed 1,000 IPL continued to flay the attack adding 56 runs for the fourth wicket with Gurkeerat.

But Punjab lost their way thereafter as Bravo claimed three for 27 and Morris two for 27.

KINGS XI PUNJAB INNINGS

Praveen Kumar is run out by a direct hit from Dhoni in the penultimate ball of the innings.

P Kumar run out 3 (5b 0x4 0x6)

Morris strikes to dismiss Harris for a duck in the 19th over to finish with 4-0-27-2 as Punjab collapse in a heap.

R Harris c Bravo b Morris 0 (2b 0x4 0x6)

Bravo has struck twice within the space of four balls in the 18th over to choke Punjab and finish with figures of 4-0-27-3.

P Chawla c Vijay b Bravo 4 (5b 1x4 0x6)

Bravo takes his second wicket as Punjab stumble in their search for boundaries.

R Sathish c Morris b Bravo 8 (6b 1x4 0x6)

Chawla sends the first ball he faced from Morris scorching through extra cover.

Mahmood does not last long as Morris strikes.

A Mahmood c Ashwin b Morris 8 (7b 0x4 0x6)

Gurkeerat Singh throws his wicket away playing a horrible shot for Nannes to pouch a skier off Bravo.

G Singh c Nannes b Bravo 31 (26b 3x4 0x6)

David Hussey slices Ashwin to Bravo in the deep after an enterprising knock.

DJ Hussey c Bravo b Ashwin 41 (36b 4x4 1x6)

David Hussey cuts Jadeja for another boundary in the 14th over to bring up the 50 partnership for the fourth wicket with Gurkeerat in 37 balls and also the 100 of the innings.

Gurkeerat has slammed Ashwin over extra cover for his second boundary in the 13th over as Punjab go along merrily.

Gurkeerat has stunned Jadeja with a powerful sweep to square leg for his first boundary in the 12th over.

David Hussey hits the first six of the match in the 10th over pulling Bravo way over midwicket as Punjab reach 72-3 at the halfway stage.

Punjab continue to attack with David Hussey cracking Bravo through the covers in the eighth over as he completes 1,000 runs in the process.

Jadeja strikes with the last delivery of his first over as Vohra holes out to Michael Hussey after adding 30 runs in 4.1 overs for the third wicket with David Hussey.

M Vohra c Hussey b Jadeja 16 (11b 3x4 0x6)

KXIP recover to make 43-2 in the Powerplay overs despite losing Gilchrist and Singh within the space of three balls.

Punjab are maintaining a healthy run rate despite the loss of openers with Hussey picking a couple of boundaries off Nannes and Morris.

Nannes strikes twice within the space of three balls inthe third over dismissing both openers Gilchrist and Mandeep.

M Singh c Bravo b Nannes 9 (10b 1x4 0x6)

A Gilchrist c Hussey b Nannes 9 (6b 2x4 0x6)

Gilchrist slams a couple of boundaries off Rajpoot in the second over as Punjab off to a roaring start.

Mandeep hits the first boundary off the first ball of the match punching Nannes through extra cover.

CSK won the toss and elected to field first.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will come out firing all cylinders in Match 11 of IPL6 against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in a battle of the Kings at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday.

CSK smarting from the opening round defeat at the hands Mumbai Indians are likely to come out firing on all cylinders.

The MS Dhoni-led CSK who have reigned twice in the IPL will be keen to get on the points table.

KXIP, on the other are in a buoyant mood, having registered a convincing eight-wicket victory in their season opener against Pune Warriors India.

It was a particularly good match for the 19-year old Manan Vohra who impressed with his temperament and strokeplay, scoring 43 not out.

Apart from Vohra, Gurkeerat Singh took an amazing acrobatic catch to dismiss Ross Taylor.

KXIP will be heartened by the performance of veterans Adam Gilchrist who showed he has not lost his magic touch while Azhar Mahmood made a useful contribution with the ball.

It all points to a humdinger of a game at Mohali.

SQUADS

Kings XI Punjab - Adam Gilchrist (captain, wicketkeeper), Aniket Choudhary, Azhar Mahmood, Bhargav Bhatt, Bipul Sharma, David Hussey, David Miller, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Harmeet Singh Bansal, Luke Pomersbach, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Manpreet Gony, Nitin Saini, Parvinder Awana, Paul Valthaty, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Rajagopal Sathish, Ryan Harris, Sandeep Sharma, Shaun Marsh, Siddharth Chitnis, Sunny Singh

Chennai Super Kings - Mahendra Singg Dhoni (captain, wicketkeeper), Akila Dananjaya, Albie Morkel, Srikkanth Anirudha, Ankit Rajpoot, Baba Aparajith, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ben Laughlin, Chris Morris, Dirk Nannes, Dwayne Bravo, Francois du Plessis, Imtiyaz Ahmed, Jason Holder, Michael Hussey, Mohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Nuwan Kulasekara, R Karthikeyan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ronit More, Shadab Jakati, Subramaniam Badrinath, Suresh Raina, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha

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