Openers Mike Hussey and Murali Vijay gave Chennai Super Kings a quick start and mixed caution with aggression after MS Dhoni decided to bat first in the IPL final against Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Saturday.
The duo didn't go on an all out attack and kept the scoreboard ticking with cheeky singles, while hitting a six each in the first four overs.
Another six from Vijay off Chris Gayle brought up CSK's fifty in just 5.1 overs to stamp their early domination in the game as they picked 56 runs in the six overs of powerplay.
After the rollicking start, the duo didn't hold themselves back and intensified the assault, which saw the CSK hundred being raised in just 10.3 overs after Vijay's punishing 29-ball half century.
Vijay upped the ante from that point on, hitting fours and sixes almost at will. On the other end, experienced Hussey fed the strike to Vijay, picking an occasional boundary en route to his fifty in 40 balls.
Wicket finally came for Bangalore when Hussey tried to loft Syed Mohammad over long-on for another six but ended up in the hands of Abhimanyu Mithun. That brought an end to a 159-run opening partnership in just 14.5 overs.
The Aussie left-hander smashed three sixes and as many boundaries in his smashing knock of 63 in 45 balls.