Since the inception of the Indian Premier League, the Chennai Super Kings have established themselves as the most consistent team in its history. They have been part of 13 seasons (suspended in 2016 and 2017) and have featured in 13 IPL playoffs. Out of those, CSK has also played in a total of nine IPL finals.
CSK won the IPL in 2010, 2011, 2018, and 2021. All these show how CSK has dominated the other IPL teams. But sometimes, there have been a number of moments when other teams have also gotten the upper hand on the four-time champions. Partnership is a match-turning event in Twenty20 cricket. And we will see the highest partnerships scored against CSK in the IPL’s history.
Highest Partnership against Chennai Super Kings
|Ajinkya Rahane and Shane Watson||144||1st||RR||Ahmedabad||19 Apr 2015|
|Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan||138||1st||DC||Wankhede||10 Apr 2021|
|Manvinder Bisla and Jacques Kallis||136||2nd||KKR||Chennai||27 May 2012|
|Glenn Maxwell and David Miller||135||3rd||PBKS||Cuttack||7 May 2014|
|Graeme Smith and Swapnil Asnodkar||127||1st||RR||Chennai||24 May 2008|
|Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma||126||2nd||MI||Wankhede||6 May 2012|
|Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson||123||2nd||SRH||Pune||13 May 2018|
|Gautam Gambhir and Shikhar Dhawan||121||3rd||DC||Delhi||8 May 2008|
|Steve Smith and Sanju Samson||121||2nd||RR||Sharjah||22 Sep 2020|
|Lendl Simmons and Rohit Sharma||119||2nd||MI||Eden Gardens||24 May 2015|
5. Graeme Smith and Swapnil Asnodkar (127 runs) in 2008
The fifth-highest partnership against the four-time champions came in the inaugural season in 2008. It was the game between CSK and RR in Chennai. Rajasthan won the toss and decided to bat first. They had a brilliant start, and both openers added 127 runs for the first wicket. Greame Smith made 91 off 51, with nine fours and four sixes, while Swapnil Asnodkar made a 27-ball 41, with five fours and two sixes. RR made 211/5 in 20 overs. Chasing the score, CSK reached 201/7 and lost the game by 10 runs.
4. Glenn Maxwell and David Miller (135 runs) in 2014
The pair of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller made the fourth-highest partnership against CSK. It came in the 29th game of the 2014 season in Cuttack. Batting first, PBKS scored their second-highest total of 231/4 with the help of a 135-run partnership for the third wicket between Maxwell (90 off 38) and Miller (47 off 32). It was a huge score, and CSK needed some big contributions. But it didn’t happen, and they scored 187/6 and lost the game by 44 runs.
3. Manvinder Bisla and Jacques Kallis (136 runs) in 2012
Kolkata Knight Riders won their maiden IPL title in 2012, beating CSK in the final. And that was the time when KRR registered its third-biggest IPL stand against the Yellow Army. In the final game, CSK posted a challenging total of 190/3 in 20 overs. Suresh Raina made 73 off 38 balls. In reply, KKR lost Gautam Gambhir (2) cheaply. But after that, Manvinder Bisla and Jacques Kallis added 136 runs for the second wicket to send KKR home. Bisla made 89 off 48, with 8 fours and 5 sixes, while Kallis scored 69 off 49, with 7 sixes and 1 six.
2. Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan (138 runs) in 2021
The second-highest IPL stand against CSK was made when they faced Delhi Capitals in the second game of the 2021 season at Wankhede. It was Chennai, who batted first and scored 188/7 in their first inning, with Suresh Raina scoring 54 off 36. In reply, DC got off to a flying start with their opener. They added 138 runs for the first wicket. Prithvi Shaw made 72 off 38 with nine fours and three sixes, while Shikhar Dhawan scored 85 off 54 with 10 fours and two sixes. DC made 190/3 in 18.4 overs and won the game by seven wickets.
1. Ajinkya Rahane and Shane Watson (144 runs) in 2015
The highest IPL stand against CSK is between Ajinkya Rahane and Shane Watson. It came in 2015, when CSK faced RR in Ahmedabad. Batting first, Chennai managed a score of 156/4 in their first inning, with a cameo from DJ Bravo (62* off 36). Chasing the target, RR had a dream start with both openers scoring half-centuries. Both added 144 runs and helped RR make 157/2 in 18.2 overs to win the game. Rahane made an unbeaten 76 off 55, with six fours and two sixes, while Watson made 73 off 47, including six fours and four sixes.