Strong IPL start for Morris

2013-04-10 21:18
Chris Morris (AFP)
Johannesburg - South Africa's Chris Morris produced a fine bowling display as the Chennai Super Kings destroyed the Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League clash at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday.

According to the supersport.com website, Michael Hussey then hit an unbeaten 86 to help the Super Kings coast to a sensational 10-wicket win.

The veteran Australian needed just 54 deliveries for his innings, smashing two sixes and 11 fours, while India opener Vijay proved the perfect foil with his more patient 50 from 50 balls as the visitors chased down the 139-run victory target with 16 balls to spare.

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Earlier, Proteas paceman Morris made his debut for Chennai and claimed 2-27 in a strong bowling display by his side.

Dwayne Bravo went past 50 wickets with his 3-27 to go along with three catches, while Dirk Nannes bagged 2-17 to leave Punjab all out in 19.5 overs.

David Hussey top-scored for Punjab with 41 off 36 balls, while Gurkeerat Singh made 31 off 26 deliveries, but the rest of the home batsmen struggled after losing the toss and being asked to bat first.

They made a strong enough start by reaching 19 for none in the third over, but they were then dealt a double blow as Nannes struck twice in three deliveries.

First the veteran fast bowler had countryman Adam Gilchrist (nine) splendidly caught by Michael Hussey diving to his left at leg gully, before Mandeep Singh (nine) top edged to Bravo at square leg.

Morris then missed out on his first wicket when a sleepy Murali Vijay inexplicably put down a straightforward chance off David Hussey at mid-off - the batsman on just 12 at the time.

Manan Vohra helped take the total to 50 in the seventh over, only to depart to a poor ball by Ravindra Jadeja, caught by Michael Hussey for 16.

Hussey then clubbed a short ball from Bravo over deep midwicket for six as Punjab reached the halfway stage on 72 for three.

The partnership with Gurkeerat Singh continued to prosper and it crossed 50, along with the team century, from 37 balls in the 14th over.

But six runs later, David Hussey fell when he picked out Bravo at long-off with Ravi Ashwin the bowler this time.

His other set partner followed to a superb catch running back by Nannes off Bravo, while Morris’s first wicket arrived when Azhar Mahmood was hurried into a pull and taken excellently by Ashwin diving to his wrong side at midwicket.

Bravo and Morris then applied the finishing touches to leave their side needing a below-par 139 to win.

There was little trouble for Chennai in the reply with Michael Hussey and Vijay, who managed one six for and three fours, playing calmly in the face of their modest target.

Hussey, who went past 1 000 runs in IPL cricket, survived a close shave for run out on 22, while three runs later Piyush Chawla put down a return catch from the veteran.

In the same eighth over from Chawla, wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist missed a routine stumping as the wheels began to come off for the hosts.

Chennai went to 50 in the next over and it was 65 for none at the halfway stage, with the two batsmen then taking complete charge.

Hussey went to his seventh IPL half century and 17th overall in 36 balls, before the 100 was raised in the 15th over.

And Hussey then cut loose to take Chennai to their first victory of the new season with almost three overs to spare.  


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