Mohali: Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay hit unbeaten half-centuries as Chennai Super Kings comfortable defeated Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets in their Indian Premier League match at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday.
Chasing a modest total of 139, Chennai Super Kings reached their target in 17.2 overs. Michael Hussey remained unbeaten on 86 from 54 balls and Vijay scored 50 not out to guide Chennai to a commanding win.
In their chase of 139, Chennai Super Kings’ openers Michael Hussey and Vijay began on a confident note and didn’t give any chance to the Punjab bowlers to make any breakthrough.
Earlier, Chennai Super Kings took seven wickets for just 32 runs to bowl out Kings XI Punjab for 138 in their Pepsi Indian Premier League match here today.
Sent into bat, Punjab were fairly well placed at 106 for three at the start of 15th over, when top-scorer David Hussey's dismissal for a 36-ball 41 triggered a collapse from which the hosts could never recover.
Some mindless batting by the hosts only made the task easier for Chennai, who showed discipline on the field.
Punjab relied on David Hussey's knock and his 56-run stand for the fourth wicket with Gurkeerat Singh after suffering three early blows at the PCA Stadium.
Mandeep Singh launched Punjab's innings with a boundary off the first ball of the match, punching one fluently through extra cover off Dirk Nannes.
Adam Gilchrist found the fence twice in the next over, an outside edge to the third man boundary followed by a cover drive that was a connoisseur's delight.
But Punjab could not sustain the tempo for long, as Nannes gave Chennai their first breakthrough in the form of Gilchrist in the third over.
Two balls later Nannes struck again, sending back Mandeep who was caught at square leg by an agile Dwayne Bravo, who nearly pulled off what would have been a blinder of a catch had he latched onto Gurkeerat's lofted shot towards long-off in the 15th over of the innings.
Ravindra Jadeja had Manan Vohra after the batsman helped himself to three boundaries for an 11-ball 16.
There was a 56-run partnership for the fourth wicket between David Hussey and Gurkeerat Singh, before the Aussie was snared by off-spinner Ravichandran Aswhin and that resulted in Punjab's batsmen losing their way to be bowled out for 138.
Dwayne Bravo got three wickets while there two each for Dirk Nannes and Chris Morris.