Winning the toss and opting to bowl first, the Kings got off to a dream start. With the very first ball, Praveen Kumar trapped Srikkanth Anirudha for a duck and in the next ball had Suresh Raina caught at short midwicket for no score as well. After the first over, Chennai were 0/2. A couple of quiet overs followed as the CSK batting duo of Murali Vijay and S Badrinath tried to find a groove.
In the 4th over, Badrinath hit Ryan Harris for the first four of the Superkings' innings as they moved to 13/3 in 4 overs. One over later, Vijay upped the ante, knocking a four and six off Praveen and running a three in between. Then after Badrinath closed out the 8th over with a four off Ryan McLaren, he got Abhishek Nayar away for a boundary as well to bring up CSK's 50 in 8.2 overs.
In the 10th over, the batting duo each took a four off Chawla and scurried four more runs as CSK scaled to 67/2. 11 more runs came of the 11th over, before Badrinath knocked a four off Nayar and Vijay struck a six off the same bowler. The score at the end of the 12th over read a healthy 94/2. Then Vijay thundered another maximum off Bhatt to take his side past 100 in the 13th over.
The batsman was on a roll, striking two more boundaries off Harris and then a four and six off Chawla before getting stumped for 74 off 43 balls. Chennai were 124/3 in 14.5 overs. But Badrinath wouldn't back down. With Dhoni for company, he took 14 runs off the 16th over, including two fours off Bhatt. Then after the new pair took 9 runs of Ryan McLaren in the 17th over, Dhoni took Praveen to the cleaners, knocking 2 sixes and 2 fours off him.
Chennai had scaled to 171/3 in 18 overs. 10 runs came off McLaren in the penultimate over while Harris went for 7 in the last as CSK ended their innings at 188/4 with Dhoni getting bowled off the last ball.