The MA Chidambaram Stadium, better known as Chepauk Stadium, was established in 1916, and has a capacity of 50,000. The first Test played here was in February 1934, between India and England, and the stadium has also hosted games in the 1987 and 1996 ICC Cricket World Cups. The first-ever Ranji Trophy match was played here, in which AG Ram Singh took 11 wickets on a sticky to bowl Madras to a win over Mysore within a day. India recorded their first Test win here, in 1951-52, when they defeated England by an innings and eight runs; and the second tied Test in cricket's history was also played here, between India and Australia in 1986.
India v Australia, 1987 World Cup
Navjot Singh Sidhu, with 73 on debut built on the start Sunil Gavaskar and Krish Srikkanth had provided, to push India past 200 for 2, chasing 271. It came down to them needing just 15 from the last four overs and finally six from the final over. Maninder Singh managed a couple of twos but then lost his off stump. Some might say it was Kapil Dev's sportsmanship that proved the difference. One of Dean Jones' two sixes had been signalled a four, but between innings Kapil said it was a six and had the scorers change it. India's target was increased by two; they fell short of Australia's target by one run.
West Indies were in complete control while Brian Lara and Carl Hooper were adding 112 for the third wicket, but Lara was given out leg-before to Sachin Tendulkar, aiming an extravagant pull at a ball outside off stump, and Jimmy Adams and Hooper followed two runs later. West Indies' 221 didn't prove enough as Mohammad Azharuddin took charge with a fine 81 to push India to a win.
Chris Harris and Lee Germon put on 168 together to push New Zealand to 286, which meant Australia had to make the second-highest score to win a World Cup game at the time. It was also the first game to be played under lights in Chennai. Come the second innings, Mark Waugh hit one of the coolest hundreds in a chase, in just about two-and-a-half hours of nimble-footed driving and flicking, with two big sixes as garnish. Steve Waugh and Stuart Law made light work of the last third and Australia were through in style.
The Tamil Nadu side have won the Ranji Trophy twice, in 1954-55 and 1987-88, and finished as the runners-up eight times. For a team with a rich history and strong club culture, it's a disappointing record. The local IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings have twice won the tournament and twice been runners-up.