IPL 2014 Top Stats: When Mike Hussey Scores, Mumbai Indians Win

Mike Hussey scored a 39-ball 56 to lay the foundation for Mumbai Indians to score an imposing total against IPL opponents Rajasthan Royals at Motera, Ahmedabad.

updated: May 20, 2014 12:59 IST
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Michael Hussey slammed his first fifty for Mumbai Indians in the ongoing Indian Premier League, on Monday. It was a knock which helped Mumbai defeat Rajasthan Royals by 25 runs in Motera, Ahmedabad. The veteran Australian cricketer played just 39 deliveries for his 56 - a knock which propelled his side to a challenging 178/3. (Scorecard | Match report)

In a team which has been criticized for its shoddy batting this year, Hussey's knock against Rajasthan was crucial as it laid the platform for the other batsmen to build on. The opener had a crackling start after Mumbai opted to bat at the Sardar Patel Stadium and laced his innings with three fours and two massive sixes. There was a confident air around Hussey's aggression and it was evident in his batting as he completed his 13th IPL fifty off 32 deliveries.

Hussey was also part of a solid 120-run stand for the opening wicket with Lendl Simmons (62 off 51). The duo decimated Rajasthan bowlers with ferocious intent -- Mumbai's first partnership of fifty or more at the top in 12 IPL innings. It was also Mumbai's highest first-wicket partnership against Rajasthan and their second partnership in excess of 100 this year.

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