Again, like with the South African entrants, the two Australian teams found it desperately hard going in the group phase with both the winners of the 2013 Big Bash, the Heat, and the runners-up, the Perth Scorchers, failing to win a single match out of eight attempts.
But the Aussies did fare a little better when it came to the performances of their individual players in other non-Australian franchises, with six making it through to at least the semis.
Veteran former Australian international Mike Hussey opened the batting for Chennai, though the left-handed western Australian could not prevent his team from losing to the Royals in Friday’s first semi-final showdown.
Meanwhile, the likes of one-time Aussie cricketer Brad Hodge, as well as current stars Shane Watson and James Faulkner, all played key roles at one time or another in helping the Royals finish as runners-up in the tournament.
Facing them in Sunday’s denouncement in the Indian capital for Mumbai were current Aussie limited-overs players Glenn Maxwell and Nathan Coulter-Nile, with the former scoring a vital 37 from just 14 balls to give the Indians some key momentum late on in their innings (see above) before going on to even open the bowling with his off breaks.