CHENNAI – Shane Watson hit a century, Mike Hussey struck a match-winning half-century, Dwayne Bravo hit the timely winning runs and rookie West Indies pacer Jason Holder made a promising debut as Chennai Super Kings defeated Rajasthan Royals by five wickets in an Indian Premier League thriller at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai today.
The visitors posted a mammoth 186, but Super Kings, led by Hussey’s†heroics chased down the target in the final over.
Chasing a stiff 187, Hussey started aggressively smashing consecutive boundaries off Rahul Shukla’s second over before stepping out to hit a six off Ajit Chandila. Murali Vijay (3) perished to Chandila couple of balls later, caught and bowled.
Super Kings however continued to attack with three boundaries off Shukla’s fourth. Trinidadian Kevon Cooper was deposited into the crowd by†Suresh Raina†in the sixth before Hussey carved him away for a boundary.
At the halfway stage Super Kings were 92 for 1. James Faulkner broke the 90-run second wicket partnership trapping Raina (51) leg before. Needing 47 runs from the last five overs, Hussey (88) hit three boundaries off Cooper before being run out by a direct hit from Rahul Dravid. Faulkner then rattled the stumps of Ravindra Jadeja (0).
MS Dhoni kept Super Kings in the chase and hit a boundary in the 18th over to bring the equation to 17 off 12. Faulkner struck again having MS Dhoni (21) caught by Binny leaving CSK to get 11 runs off the final over.