Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Hussey insists he is settled in IPL

Michael Hussey gets the chance to go again when defending champions Chennai Super Kings look to send Mumbai Indians packing from the Indian Premier League on Wednesday.

The two franchises square up in the second of the playoff games hoping their charmed lives in the lucrative competition continue.

Indeed, Chennai Super Kings got in through the back door when Royal Challengers Bangalore were torpedoed by Deccan Chargers in a shock reverse. A 50 per cent success record is also their poorest showing in the league stages of an IPL season.

Hussey has produced heroics before, as punters who bet on Australian cricket well know. You only have to cast your mind back to his match-winning innings of 60 against Pakistan in the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 in 2010 for evidence of that. Chennai Super Kings will need the no-nonsense Australian to pull out all the stops again.

The 27-year-old 73-match Test veteran had little time to settle back in following the series against West Indies but indicated the transition to the IPL had not been an issue.

The Perth-born star said: "I've obviously been in Indian conditions for quite a period of time now. I've played at Bengaluru quite a few times. I know the conditions here quite well."

On the Mumbai Indians, he added: "It would be nice to get in and get a start, and then,hopefully, go on and get a really big score."

Mumbai Indians have a 6-4 win-loss record against the two-time champions and punters wanting to place cricket bets also need to note that the last four matches at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium have been won by the team chasing.

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