McGrath, Asif and Yomahesh chipped in with a wicket apiece as Delhi unit kept a tight clamp on local outfit. The young India U-19 left-arm seamer Pradeep Sangwan playing his first match for Delhi though went wicketless but conceded too little.
The local lad Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan top-scored for Super Kings with 37-ball 54 studded with seven hits to fence and one over it off Sehwag. Dhoni and Morkel chipped in with brisk 32 and 28 respectively.
Chennai opting to bat first got off to a fine start despite losing Stephen Fleming (13). Parthiv (21) and Vidyut shared a quickfire 42 runs in less than five overs. Parthiv yet again failed to build on the start he had cutting Sehwag straight to Yomahesh at point.
Vidyut joined by the skipper Dhoni in the middle and the duo took to the attack and helped their side past 100 in 12th over. Vidyut had his slice of luck with Dhawan spilling a tough chance at fine-leg off Sangwan and most of his shots landing just short of fielders.
The Tamil Nadu Ranji player played an unconvincing innings but nonetheless a effective one for his side. On the other end Dhoni was his usual self. The skipper's 27-ball knock was inclusive of two boundaries and a six over long-leg off Sehwag.
The pair knitted 57 runs in just six overs.
However Delhi seamers battled back strongly in the final five overs plucking wickets at regular intervels besides putting brakes on scoring rate despite the little cameo from Albie Morkel (28 off 16, 3X4s&2X6s).
The local side with a mediocre total and bowling attack will have their task cut out against Delhi's formidable top-order.
Chennai Super Kings 169 for 6 (Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan 54, Dhoni 32, Albie Morkel 28, Parthi Patel 21; McGrath 1 for 21, Yomahesh 1 for 31, Asif 1 for 34) Vs Delhi Daredevils