Murali Vijay © IANS (File Photo)
Murali Vijay blasted his way through the Rajasthan Royal’s attack, scoring an IPL career-best 127 in 2010 © IANS (File Photo)

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) produced a memorable batting performance against the Dolphins in the eighth match of the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) to post a huge total of 242 for six. It is the joint highest in the history of the competition, and went on to win the game by 54 runs. Amit Banerjee lists some of CSK’s greatest batting performances.

The M Chinnaswamy Stadium witnessed the biggest slog-fest of the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) when the CSK batsmen tore the Dolphins attack into pieces and posted a score of 242 for the loss of six wicket. This became the joint highest total in the history of the tournament along with Otago Volt’s 242 for four in the previous year’s edition. While Suresh Raina top-scored with a knock of 90 runs from 43 deliveries in a knock that contained four boundaries and eight sixes, contributions from Brendon McCullum (49), Ravindra Jadeja (40) and Faf du Plessis (30) added to the woes of the Dolphins bowlers.

This is certainly not the first instance of MS Dhoni’s boys hammering the opposition bowlers all over the park and posting massive totals. CSK has registered two of the top three scores in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Following are some of the other great batting displays by the ‘men-in-yellow’.

1. Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, April 3, 2010: Opening batsman Murali Vijay blasted his way through the Royal’s attack, scoring an IPL career-best 127 runs off just 56 deliveries, including eight fours and eleven sixes at an astonishing strike-rate of 226.78. Though three quick wickets fell in the last over of the Chennai innings, Vijay’s whirlwind knock ensured that the Super Kings managed to register their highest ever score that would continue to remain till date. CSK went on to win the game by 23 runs after Rajasthan Royals produced a near-identical performance with the bat that nearly took the game away from CSK.

2. Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab, April 19, 2008: It was the second game of the inaugural edition of the IPL when Chennai announced their grand entry into the premier T20 league by finishing their innings at a score of 240 for five, surpassing Kolkata Knight Rider’s score of 222 for three in the opening game. Mike ‘Mr Cricket’ Hussey top-scored for Chennai with an unbeaten innings of 116 from 54 balls, while Kings XI Punjab nearly pulled off a victory, finishing on the losing side 34 runs short of CSK’s total.

3. Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, May 8, 2013: It was Hussey once again along with the IPL’s Mr. Consistent Suresh Raina who hit half-centuries to propel their side to a total of 223 for the loss of three wickets from their quota of 20 overs. The CSK bowling attack in return produced a disciplined performance to reduce Hyderabad to a total of 146 for eight for Chennai to win by a comprehensive margin off 77 runs.

4. Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils, May 25, 2012: The second eliminator of the playoffs of the 2012 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) saw Murali Vijay once again shining in his role as an attacking opening batsman as he scored 113 runs from 58 balls at a strike-rate of nearly 200. Chennai scored 222 for the loss of five wickets, a total which always seemed too much for the Delhi Daredevils to chase and were eventually bundled out for a total of 136, handing Chennai an 86-run win and a ticket to the final against Kolkata Knight Riders.

5. Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians, April 23, 2008: It was one of the early matches of the inaugural edition of the IPL and this time it was CSK facing off against the Mumbai Indians. Half-centuries from Matthew Hayden (81) and Suresh Raina (53) took Chennai to 208 for five at the end of their quota of 20 overs. Mumbai Indians did not allow the CSK bowlers to settle even for once and kept hitting the boundaries consistently, though they eventually finished at 202 for seven at the end of 20 overs for CSK to win by six runs, the closest match in the tournament till that stage.

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(Amit Banerjee, a reporter at CricketCountry, takes keen interest in photography, travelling, technology, automobiles, food and, of course, cricket. He can be followed on Twitter via his handle @akb287)