Chennai Super Kings scratched Brisbane Heat

Chennai Super Kings 2-140 (Michael Hussey 57*, Murali Vijay 42, Daniel Christian 1-16) beat Brisbane Heat 7-137 (Ben Cutting 42*, Chris Hartley 35, Ravindra Jadeja 2-18, Mohit Sharma 2-35) by eight wickets.

The strong Chennai Super Kings, well led by a lethal bowling attack and a solid fifty from Michael Hussey guided their team to an easy win over Brisbane Heat.

Brsibane Heat managed 137 runs with three wickets in hand at the close of the scheduled 20th over and Chennai Super Kings piled up 140 for the loss of mere two wickets and 25 balls to spare.

Michael Hussey (Chennai Super Kings) was announced ‘Player of the match’ for his elegant unbeaten fifty.

The 13th match of the Champions League Twenty20, 2013, in Group B was played on Saturday, September 28, 2013, at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi.

Michael Hussey - A match winning unbeaten fifty
Michael Hussey – A match winning unbeaten fifty

Earlier, MS Dhoni won the toss for CSK and invited Brisbane Heat to bat first. The decision proved vital as the visitors lost their first wicket for just five runs while their Skipper, James Hopes and Chris Lynn tried to put a few runs on board. They took the score to 29 when Hopes was gone for 20 and Lynn was the lone fighter as a couple of wickets fell at the other end. He became the fifth victim at 61 after scoring 29 runs off 25 balls with 1 six and 4 fours. Brisbane Heat was reeling at 6-66 in 12.3 overs when Chris Hartley and Ben Cutting got together at a crucial time.

They crawled to 87 in 17 overs as Cutting hit 2 sixes in the next one and got another six in the next over. He continued with his drizzle and hit two back to back sixes in the final over followed by 2 fours from Hartley. The latter was caught by Jason Holder off Mohit Sharma for 35 from 32 deliveries with 3 fours. Ben Cutting secured his end for 42 off just 25 with 5 towering sixes and Brisbane Heat reached 137 after losing seven wickets in 20 overs.

Mohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja were the top wicket takers with two each whereas Albie Morkel, Ravichandran Ashwin and Suresh Raina shared one wicket.

Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay got off to a reasonable start by scoring 30 runs in the first five overs with two boundaries each. Vijay dispatched two continuous sixes in the seventh over whereas Hussey kept on cruising at his end with odd boundaries. The opening partnership was broken at 75 in just 9.2 overs when Murali Vijay was caught by Joe Burns off Cuttings for 42 from 27 deliveries with 2 lofty sixes and 5 fours.

Suresh Raina associated next with Hussey and they accumulated 11 runs in the 11th over with 2 fours. The score went past the hundred runs mark two overs later with 1 six and 1 four and Raina was declared leg before wicket off Daniel Christian for 23. MS Dhoni got in next and Michael Hussey smashed his 23rd Twenty20 fifty with a four.  The first hit the winning six on the fifth ball of the 16th over and enhanced the score to 140. Hussey remained unbeaten for 57 off 48 with 7 fours and Dhoni was at the other end for 13 with 1 six and 1 four.

Chennai Super Kings crushed Brisbane Heat with a giant margin of eight wickets and registered their position in the semi finals of the tournament.

Team standings in Group B

Chennai Super Kings

Matches 3 – Won 3 – Points 12 – Net Run Rate +1.143


Matches 3 – Won 2 – Lost 1 – Points 8 – N RR +0.387

Trinidad & Tobago

Matches 2 – Won 1 – Lost 1 – Points 4 – N RR +0.438

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Matches 3 – Won 1 – Lost 2 – Points 4 – N RR -0.622

Brisbane Heat

Matches 3 – Lost 3 – Points 0 – N RR -1.028


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