Chasing 143, the Pune Warriors innings got off to a sobre start before Jesse Ryder struck Doug Bollinger for a four in the 2nd over. Then in the next, Mohnish Mishra got Albie Morkel away for a boundary before getting bowled for 9 off 9 balls. The Pune Warriors were 19/1 in 2.4 overs with Manish Pandey (playing his first match in IPL4) the new man at the crease. Ryder tried to up the ante by lofting R Ashwin for a six, but was out bowled next ball. Then Pandey tried to get into the act, smashing two consecutive fours off Morkel, but also saw his stumps rattled in the following ball and the Warriors were reeling at 40/3 in 5 overs.
The visitors woes were only compounded when Robin Uthappa was sent back for a duck after getting bolwed to Ashwin in the 6th over. Several quiet overs followed, before the Warriors crossed 50/4 in 9th over. Soon afterward, Yuvraj Singh hit a four off Raina before Manish Manhas carted Suraj Randiv for a six. But a couple of overs later, Manhas was caught behind off Bollinger for 20 off 23 balls as the visitors slumped to 78/5 in 13 overs. Again the boundaries dried up, as Yuvraj and new batsman Nathan McCullum took the score past 100 in the 17th over.
However, in an eventful 19th over, Morkel removed Yuvraj for 34 off 43 balls before Rahul Sharma was run out for a duck. The Warriors still required 30 off the last over, but only managed to lose two more wickets for the addition of 4 runs to wrap up their chase at 25 runs short of the opponents' total.
Earlier in the evening, the Chennai Super Kings also got off to a quiet start. Murali Vijay struck Ross Taylor for the first four off the innings in the 2nd over before Michael Hussey knocked a 6 off Nathan McCullum in the third. Then Vijay smashed Alonso Thomas for a boundary, before Hussey got Taylor away for another four and each of the two batsman knocked a four off Murali Karthik as the score moved onto 45/0 in 6 overs. Two overs later, Vijay carted Karthik for a six to take his side past 50, but soon afterward, the batsman was dismissed for 31 off 29 balls.
New batsman M S Dhoni carted Yuvraj for a maximum in the 13th over with the score now at 85/2. Hussey then took a four each off Sharma and Thomas, before Dhoni clobbered the former bowler for two back-to-back boundaries. Then in the next ball, the batsman was stumped for 26 off 21 balls and the score read 118/3 in 17 overs. Though the wickets of Taylor (61 off 48) and Morkel (0) fell in the next over, S Badrinath and Srikkanth Anirudha made sure that Chennai would at least reach 142/6.