Chennai Super Kings v Brisbane Heat, CLT20, Ranchi September 28, 2013

Hussey stars as Super Kings cruise into semi-finals


Chennai Super Kings 140 for 2 (Hussey 57*, Vijay 42) beat Brisbane Heat 137 for 7 (Cutting 42, Hartley 35) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Chennai Super Kings sauntered through to the Champions League semi-finals with an effortless eight-wicket win in Ranchi, while scuttling Brisbane Heat's tournament hopes. A stuttering Heat top order laid a mediocre foundation, before the men in the middle ran aground on Super Kings' spin.

R Ashwin was almost indecipherable in the middle overs, but Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina contributed fine spells as well; the trio shared four wickets and conceded just 37 runs in 11 overs collectively. Michael Hussey then stroked an unhurried, unbeaten half century, to help run down the target of 138 in 15.5 overs.

Dom Michael had had quite a road to the Champions League in 2013, but could not manage to make a run in his first Twenty20 match, departing in the first over to Mohit Sharma. James Hopes then promised much during his 14-ball 20, but mis-hit Albie Morkel to mid-off to leave his side at 29 for 2 in the fourth over.

It wasn't until spin arrived after the Powerplay, however, that Heat's evening truly took a nosedive. Ravindra Jadeja had had a poor tournament with the ball until tonight, and perhaps Heat had planned to dominate him early, but Dan Christian's attempt to hit Jadeja's first ball for a straight six, ended with him being caught at long-off for three. Four balls later, Joe Burns edged Jadeja to slip to collect a golden duck.

All this did was set the scene for Ashwin's last three overs, which cost two runs and claimed the wicket of Chris Lynn who underestimated the turn Ashwin generated from a conventional offbreak, and top-edged to short third man. The remaining 17 deliveries were a canny mix of googlies, offbreaks, carrom balls and more big-spinning leggies. Heat's middle order could hardly lay a bat on his deliveries, and soon abandoned any thoughts of hitting him to the fence.

The six overs following the Powerplay cost Heat four wickets for 12 runs, and from 66 for 6, a total below 120 beckoned. Ben Cutting, however, stroked his best Twenty20 innings to elevate his side toward credibility. He was watchful alongside Chris Hartley to begin with, hitting six from his first 14 balls, but adopted violence as the innings drew to a close, hitting five sixes from the last 10 balls he faced to finish on 42 not out from 25.

On a decent batting pitch, and with dew collecting on the outfield, 137 for 7 would rarely have been a base for victory, and at no stage in the chase did it test a purring Super Kings batting order. Hussey and Vijay punished indiscipline, but the pair were largely content to push runs into the outfield when the bowlers found their line.

With Super Kings' bowlers having prospered, Nathan Hauritz's overs shaped as crucial ones for Heat, but he was launched for two sixes in his first over, and was almost as expensive in his two subsequent overs. Vijay departed for 42, breaking a run of three consecutive ducks, but after having helped put on 75 runs for the first wicket in 9.2 overs, the side were well on their way to victory. MS Dhoni finished the match with a six, much to the delight of his home crowd, and Super Kings confirmed themselves as the in-form side of yet another tournament.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    its unfortunate the ipl has control over this tournament. this is a really really nice concept allowing club teams from nations to compete against each other. however, the amount of ipl teams allowed direct entry, and then having one SL team, one pak team etc having to play a qualifier is a disgrace. apart from that perth scorchers and brisbane heat are pretty good teams, yet the ipl has a monopoly on this tournament, where players will be in violation of contract should they play for their real home teams. it makes the two australian teams the whipping boys when their native austrailians cannot play for their home team. it also makes for a not very competitive tournament.

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    @ TheUltimateTruth:

    Just because CSK losing to MI this ipl finals doesn't mean they are a better team, the Knockout CSK's wins are more compared to any other team in the IPL, they have already thrashed MI once in finals. MI are playing the pathetic cricket. The CLT20 points table will give you a clear idea *MI's Semi-Finals berth is still a question mark* . Based on CSK's recent performance I personally feel that Johnsonn's ball will easily get helicoptered!

  • Sandip on September 29, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner

    "What makes you think that we care if Perera plays for some club team or not ? Its quite hilarious." Exactly. If you don't care about Perera to play for some club team or not, then why are you making hilarious views on this forum quite frequently. If you say that your reserve cricketers are having healthy averages or SR, then your Kandurata Maroons should be in main league. KM couldn't register a single win and your concerns had ended with KM's exit. Since your local Team is not playing in the contest now, why do you make rash about any other cricketers (don't concern with you) in every forum. But personally I like Thisara very much rather than you hate Ishant or Jadeja.

  • venkat on September 29, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    CSK being the best team overall only matters for overall record in a long tournament. In a knockout T20 game anything can happen on any given day. See IPL6 final! Between CSK and MI (a likely semi-final), across the two teams, D.Smith is the best opening hitter, Johnson the best bowler, and Pollard is tied with Dhoni as the best finisher. So, I am not so sure that CSK are favorites. Of course, there are other performance elements to the match, but Smith, Johnson, and Pollard could take the game away from CSK with a fairly high probability.

  • Annamalai on September 29, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Though CSK has surfeit of talent, the icing on the cake is Mr Cricket, Mike Hussey. He is such a talented and cool person. He has such an innocent smile on his face when he is playing superlative cricket. This is what makes him all the more adorable. It is said that he has a very positive rub on other players of his team and he patiently guides them to reach perfection. He should be renamed as Mr Man.

  • suresh kumar on September 29, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    it's expected, chennai should play fab instead of morkel.

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Well there are times when all wrongs go right....tonight was that day for Chennai...their two key players and mostout of form players got to form and that too emphatically....Chennai won which is a great thing for them but the way Jaddu and Murali was the best gift to Dhoni before semis..Vijay seems a lovely player astute batsman who is confident of his game....they needed these 2 guys to be top form for key clashes

  • Vinod on September 29, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    Jadeja had just two bays. But I can see what he did differently in this match. Under pressure he tried to bowl Yorkers. When there is little movement off the pitch it's not a bad option. I think the two bad days will only help him in the long run. It made him think about his game unlike Ishant Sharma who always seems to be in denial. Today's Yorkers from Jadeja are an example. I am sure he will work on flight as well but if he does not get enough revolutions on the ball then trying to flight the call is only like feeding the batsmen. Jadeja cuts the ball rather than spins the ball. Like off break vs off spin. So I doubt if flight is useful to him as ball does not drop on the batsmen. So think he should look to learn ways to get batsmen off strike when he is feeling the pressure.

  • Vinod on September 29, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    I think Perera is a great talent. But his skills are still raw. He does look for movement when he is bowling and relies just on pace. He should work on his seem position. When it comes to batting he should work on adding more scoring shot. If you play only straight and to the leg side good team will eventually choke you. I am not even sure if SL management see his potential. Sunrises have used him better than SL. Probably Tom Moody knows his potential more than the current SL management. He was used well in the 2011 world cup as well

  • Siva on September 29, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    Truly Team CSK now. Vijay and Jadeja have joined the party now.

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