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Hussey inflicts more misery on Royal Challengers Bangalore

The Australian's 83 off 56 balls steers Chennai Super Kings to a 22-run win in the Indian Premier League.

Michael Hussey plays a shot during his match-winning innings for the Chennai Super Kings against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Michael Hussey plays a shot during his match-winning innings for the Chennai Super Kings against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Michael Hussey made Royal Challengers Bangalore pay a heavy price for a dropped catch yesterday by tearing their attack apart at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

The Australian left-hander was dropped on eight at mid-off by Mohammed Kaif and went on to make 83 off 56 balls.

“I had a bit of luck, but thankfully it was my day,” said Hussey, who turned up for Chennai Super Kings following Australia’s successful tour of Bangladesh.

“It’s great fun. We have a great franchise. They look very well after their players. We have got a very good feeling in the team.

We have got some extremely talented players. The hamstring has been fine. Touch wood, hopefully that continues.”

MS Dhoni paid tribute to Hussey, who opened the innings, and shared in an opening stand of 51 with Murali Vijay.

“Michael Hussey was brilliant,” Dhoni said. “There were good efforts from other batsmen. When I was batting, I found it harder than some of the other wickets.”

The captain made a rather laboured 22 from 16 balls while the trio of left-handers in the team were much more fluent.

“The variation that Hussey, [Suresh] Raina and [Albie] Morkel bring is also good for us even if the opposition has good off-spinners and leg-spinners.”

Daniel Vettori, the Bangalore captain, was left to rue a poor fielding display. “That’s probably been our downfall in the last two games, our fielding,” he said. “It’s a thing we need to rectify. Our mix is right, and if we field well we give ourselves a good chance.”

Chennai amassed 183 batting first, with Hussey building key partnerships of 51 and 45 with Vijay (31) and Raina (29), respectively, and a second 51-run stand with the skipper Dhoni (22).

Hussey and Vijay capitalised on poor bowling and fielding from Bangalore to propel their team towards 51 inside seven overs.

Vijay smacked Johan van der Wath’s first over for 14 and swiftly moved to 31 before departing to Ryan Ninan. Raina (29 off 16) helped stretch the total to 96.

Hussey cut loose after Raina’s wicket, reaching 50 with two boundaries off Vettori as Chennai’s dominance and Bangalore’s fielding misery continued.

Dhoni fell after a quick-fire 22, while Hussey peppered his unbeaten innings with 11 fours and a six.

Chennai picked up 57 vital runs in the last five overs, despite the dismissals of Morkel and Subramaniam Badrinath in the final over.

In reply, Bangalore were reduced to 31 for three. AB de Villiers (65) and Virat Kohli (35) led the recovery with a 42-run stand before the latter fell to Shadab Jakati.

Saurabh Tiwary promised much in his patient 14 but was caught behind off Suraj Randiv.

With Cheteshwar Pujara dismissed for two and 56 required off 18 deliveries, De Villiers kept Bangalore’s hopes up with some creative boundary shots but was eventually caught in the deep, effectively signalling the end of the Royal Challengers’ reply.

* Compiled by The National staff with agency