Winning the toss and opting to bat first, the Chennai Super Kings got off to a circumspect start. Michael Hussey struck the first four off Ishant Sharma in the third over while in the next, Pragyan Ojha bowled Murali Vijay for 3 off 14 balls as the score read 18/1.
Then Suresh Raina and Michael Hussey consolidated as the two took 8 off the 6th over, including a four by Raina off Duminy and 9 runs off the 8th over, thanks largely to a four by Hussey off Duminy. CSK crossed 50 in the 9th over and were 58/1 in 10 overs.
In the 12th over, Hussey tucked into Mishra, taking three fours off him. But in the very next over, he was caught at fine leg off Harmeet Singh for 46 off 41 as the score read 78/2 in 12.3 overs. Captain M S Dhoni was the new man at the crease, but straight away hit a four.
After a quiet 14th over, Raina smacked Ishant for a four, before he and Dhoni cut loose, each clobbering Amit Mishra for a six as CSK climbed past 100. Then Raina hit two fours off Harmeet Singh to notch up his 50 as the score raced onto 126/2 in 17 overs.
Raina carted Ojha for a huge six in the following over before Raina was dropped by Ishant only to be caught next ball by Shikar Dhawan. The batsman was out for 59 off 35 balls as CSK was 136/3 in 17.5 overs.
Then Ishant came in for some stick when Albie Morkel hammered him for three consecutive sixes to bring up Chennai's 150. Morkel was run out and Dhoni was stumped off the last over though Badrinath managed to hit a four, ensuring CSK end their innings at a healthy 165/5.