In a battle between two high-flying Indian franchises, Chennai Super Kings held on for a narrow 12-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday. A composed Suresh Raina and a whirlwind MS Dhoni set up the victory for the two-time IPL champions who posted a daunting total of 202. Below are the statistical highlights from the game at Ranchi:
# Chennai Super Kings' 12-run triumph is their tenth in 16 matches in the CLT20 - winning % 65.62 (Lost five and Tied 1). They became the second team after Trinidad and Tobago to register ten wins in the CLT20. (CSK vs Hyderabad, as it happened)
# Chennai Super Kings (202/4) have posted their highest total in the CLT20, outstripping the 200 for three vs Wayamba at Centurion on September 15, 2010.
# Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 16-ball fifty (63 not out off 19 balls) is the quickest in the Champions League Twenty20 history.
# Dhoni's strike rate of 331.57 is the highest in the history of the Champions League Twenty20 (minimum qualification: 25 runs). His strike rate is the highest by a Chennai batsman in an innings of fifty or more in Twenty20.
# Dhoni's aforesaid innings is his first fifty in 15 innings in the CLT20 - his 15th in Twenty20 cricket.
# Dhoni is the first CSK batsman to register eight sixes in an innings in the CLT20. His tally included five sixes off a Thisara Perera over - the 18th of the innings, costing 34 runs.
# Dhoni took his sixes' tally to 106 - the second CSK batsman to accomplish the feat after Suresh Raina (135) in Twenty20 cricket. Overall, Dhoni has recorded 134 sixes in T20 games.
# Suresh Raina (84 off 57 balls) has registered his 25th fifty in Twenty20 cricket.
# Raina has recorded three top individual innings for Chennai in the CLT20 with a highest of 94 not out vs RCB at Durban on September 24, 2010.
# Raina is the third batsman after Callum Ferguson and Henry Davids to register four innings of fifty or more in the CLT20.
# Raina is the third player to manage 500 runs in the CLT20 - his tally being 518 (ave.34.53) in 16 matches.
# Raina got his 14th Man of the Match award in Twenty20.
# Murali Vijay has registered his second duck in the present competition - the first batsman to earn this dubious distinction.
# Despite two successive ducks, Vijay's aggregate of 414 (ave.25.87) in 16 matches is bettered only by Suresh Raina - 518 (ave.34.53) in 16 matches.
# Thisara Perera (3-0-60-0) is the first player to concede 60 runs in a three-over spell. His economy rate (20.00) is the worst by a bowler in the CLT20.
# Shikhar Dhawan took his tally to 213 at an average of 42.60 in five matches, including two fifties. He is the only one to manage 200 runs in the present competition.
# Darren Sammy (50 off 25 balls) has registered his second fifty in Twenty20 cricket.
# Sunrisers Hyderabad's 190 is the highest losing total in the history of the CLT20, eclipsing the 189 for five by Eagles vs Trinidad and Tobago at Hyderabad on October 18, 2009. The total is also the highest ever by Sunrisers in the CLT20.