Highest partnership by wicket against CSK in IPL history

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Rahane and Watson
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The Chennai Super Kings have been one of the most consistent teams in the history Indian Premier League as they have finished in the Top 4 ten times. Also, CSK have won the IPL title three times in the last 13 years. They are only behind the Mumbai Indians when it comes winning the most IPL titles.

One of the main reasons behind CSK’s success has been MS Dhoni’s rotation of bowlers. He has the perfect idea of how to use each of his bowlers, and that has helped him achieve much success as a captain. To stitch long partnerships against a team like the Chennai Super Kings is a very tough job.

However, in this article, we will have a look at the highest partnership for each wicket versus CSK in IPL.

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1st wicket – Ajinkya Rahane and Shane Watson – 144, IPL 2015

CSK have often taken wickets in the powerplay overs. However, in the 2015 IPL fixture against the Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad, they failed to do so.

Chasing a target of 156 runs, Ajinkya Rahane and Shane Watson added 144 runs for the first wicket. Both batsmen scored over seventy runs each. Ravindra Jadeja broke the stand, but RR won by eight wickets.

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2nd wicket – Manvinder Bisla and Jacques Kallis – 136, IPL 2012

This partnership was a nightmare for the CSK fans because it stopped their favorite team from completing a hat-trick of championship wins. In IPL 2012 Final, CSK battled KKR.

Batting first on home turf, Chennai posted 190/3 on the board. Ben Hilfenhaus took the wicket of Gautam Gambhir early, but Manvinder Bisla and Jacques Kallis took KKR close to target by adding 136 runs for the second wicket. Ultimately, KKR won the title with a five-wicket victory.

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3rd wicket – Glenn Maxwell and David Miller – 135, IPL 2014

Glenn Maxwell and David Miller loved to bat against the Chennai Super Kings in 2014. The Aussie-South African duo had a memorable partnership of 135 runs versus CSK in Cuttack.

Batting first, KXIP lost Mandeep Singh and Virender Sehwag early, but Maxwell and Miller took the score from 38/2 to 173/3. George Bailey’s cameo took KXIP to 231/4 as they won the match by 44 runs.

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4th wicket – Glenn Maxwell and David Miller – 115, IPL 2014

Glenn Maxwell, Preity Zinta and David Miller
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As mentioned, Maxwell and Miller enjoyed themselves versus CSK in the 2014 season. They had kicked off the season with a magnificent partnership of 115 runs in the UAE.

Chasing a mammoth score of 206 runs, KXIP were down to 52/3. But then the magic of Maxwell and Miller ensured that KXIP stay alive. While Maxwell missed out on a hundred, KXIP managed to win by six wickets.

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5th wicket – Shane Watson and Stuart Binny – 93, IPL 2013

Shane Watson always performed well against the Chennai Super Kings, and it could be one of the reasons why CSK bought him later. In IPL 2013, Watson had a match-winning partnership with Stuart Binny.

Playing in Jaipur, CSK could manage only 141/4 in 20 overs without hitting a single six. Later, RR got reduced to 45/4. However, Watson and Binny saved the day for the home side as their 93-run stand helped RR emerge victorious by five wickets.

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6th wicket – Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell – 76, IPL 2018

It was the Chennai Super Kings’ first home match after return, and they battled KKR. An in-form Andre Russell went berserk at Chepauk, scoring 88 runs off just 36 deliveries.

He had a wonderful partnership of 76 runs with skipper Dinesh Karthik. They took the score from 89/5 to 165/6. However, CSK still won the match by five wickets.

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7th wicket – Kieron Pollard and Harbhajan Singh – 65*, IPL 2013

Mumbai Indians faced Chennai Super Kings in match 5 of IPL 2013. The duo of Kieron Pollard and Harbhajan Singh played a match-winning role for MI in that fixture.

CSK reduced MI to 83/6 at Chepauk but Singh and Pollard ensured that MI finish with 148 runs on the board. Pollard remained unbeaten on 57*, while Harbhajan scored 21 off 21. The home team lost the match by nine runs despite MS Dhoni’s half-century.

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8th wicket – Tom Curran and Jofra Archer – 38*, IPL 2020

Jofra Archer destroyed the CSK bowling lineup in the RR vs CSK match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium this year. He scored 27 runs off eight deliveries, including four sixes.

RR finished with 216/6 on the board courtesy of Tom Curran and Archer’s unbeaten partnership of 38 runs. Eventually, it made a vital difference as RR won by 16 runs.

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9th wicket – Tim Southee and Mohammed Siraj – 38, IPL 2018

CSK and RCB played a match in Pune during the 2018 season. Chennai won the toss and elected to field against their rivals. The bowlers did a fantastic job for Chennai.

Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets in four overs as RCB got reduced to 89/8. Tim Southee and Mohammed Siraj then joined hands to take the team’s score past 100. Southee aggregated 36 runs from 26 balls, while Siraj scored three off seven. Still, RCB lost to CSK by six wickets.

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10th wicket – Andre Russell and Harry Gurney – 29*, IPL 2019

Rarely it happens that Andre Russell plays more than 40 balls and still his team finishes the inning with less than 110 runs. But the same thing happened in KKR’s match against CSK during IPL 2019.

Andre Russell scored 50 runs from 44 balls, while none of his teammates could impress much with the bat. Harry Gurney supported him in the end as the two players took KKR from 79/9 to 108/9 in 20 overs. It was an easy run-chase for CSK as they clinched the victory with seven wickets in hand.

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