Michael Hussey laid the foundation for the CSK run chase with his knock which produced 56 runs. The Match 63 being played at Eden Gardens was a very important match for Chennai Super Kings to keep their chances alive for qualifying to the next round.
Needing 158 to win, Chennai needed somebody to anchor their ship in the earlier stages. With the opposition team loosing the momentum after starting well with the bat, it was clear that batting on this Eden garden pitch was getting difficult as the match progressed and the ball became older. Though the Chennai Captain acknowledged during the presentation ceremony that they did not learn from KKR debacle, Hussey had set this mind on what he needed to do.
Michael Hussey (56 from 39 balls) paired up with Murali Vijay (36 from 25 balls) to attack the Kolkata bowlers. Both the openers put up a partnership of 97 runs to set up the chase and take the match away from the opposition. With four boundaries and four sixes, Hussey timed the ball well on a pitch which was neutral for both bowlers and batsmen. But as the ball got older, batsmen were finding it tough to hit it. Hussey would have single handedly taken away the match had he not top-edged a Narine ball to Bhatia.
The wicket of Hussey and others Chennai batsmen made the match more entertaining to watch since the winner was decided only in the last ball . Otherwise it would have been a one sided match. With the performance of Hussey, it is impossible to ignore the importance of Australian players in IPL. They have been providing the much needed ammunition to these T20 games. In the 4th match of IPL 2012, Hussey managed his first fifty. With the start provided by the Australian along with Vijay, any opposition can be easily demoralized. It remains to be seen how much Hussey team CSK progresses in this season of IPL5. But they CSK boys have picked up at the right moment and individual knocks like today by Hussey, will help the Dhoni and Co to flourish in IPL tournament.
hussey has been the star for chennai in all IPL. Australian contribution has been important for CSK team.