Mohali: Opener Michael Hussey slammed a blistering 54-ball 86 as Chennai Super Kings produced an aggressive brand of cricket to roll over Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets in their Pepsi Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Wednesday.


Chasing 139 for victory after opting to field, Chennai rode on Hussey's knock and Murali Vijay's 50 off as many balls to thump the hosts at the PCA Stadium, and open their account in this edition of the cash-rich T20 league. The two-time former champions had lost their opening match to Mumbai Indians.
Steady to start with, Hussey upped the ante as the innings progressed, eventually leading his side to a commanding victory with 16 balls to spare. There were a flurry of fours and sixes in the second half of the innings as Chennai raced to the target with ease.
While he was at his best towards the end, Hussey did not miss out on the opportunities to spank the loose balls for runs initially too.
Vijay was not at his fluent best but gave Hussey the support he needed at the other end. Unlike Punjab, Chennai knew they had the depth and experience in their batting, paving the way for the opening combo to milk runs instead of going hammer and tongs.
After hitting just one boundary in the first 12 overs, Vijay got into the act by glancing Harris towards fine-leg.
Hussey meanwhile got to his half-century off 36 balls. After a couple of fours by the Aussie, Vijay smashed Rajagopal Sathish over long-off for six to bring the margin down to 20 off 24.
Hussey smashed Azhar Mahmood for a four and a six to help Chennai inch closer to victory. He then carted Praveen Kumar over the square-leg boundary before taking a single to complete the formality.
Earlier, Dwayne Bravo produced a couple of late strikes as Chennai took seven wickets for just 32 runs to bowl out Punjab.
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.
Some mindless batting by the hosts only made the task easier for Chennai, who showed discipline on the field.
Punjab relied on Hussey's knock and his 56-run stand for the fourth wicket with Gurkeerat Singh.
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.
Even though he was talking to the TV commentators, Hussey was focused enough to dive to his left and get hold of Gilchrist's whip off the pads.
Bravo got three wickets while there two each for Nannes and Chris Morris.

Teams (from):
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (c/wk), Srikkanth Anirudha Baba Aparajith, Ravichandran Ashwin, Subramaniam Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, Akila Dananjaya, Faf du Plessis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Jason Holder, Michael Hussey, Imtiaz Ahmed, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, R Karthikeyan, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ben Laughlin, Ronit More, Albie Morkel, Chris Morris, Dirk Nannes, Suresh Raina, Ankit Rajpoot, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Vijay Shankar, Mohit Sharma, Murali Vijay.
Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist (C), Azhar Mahmood, Luke Pomersbach, David Hussey, David Miller, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Manpreet Gony, Nitin Saini, Parvinder Awana, Paul Valthaty, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Rajagopal Sathish, Ryan Harris, Bhargav Bhatt, Bipul Sharma, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Harmeet Singh Bansal, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Mandeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Chitnis, Sunny Singh.


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