Winning the toss and opting to bat first, the Chennai Super Kings got off to a very sluggish start with just one run coming off Brett Lee in the first over, four runs off Iqbal Abdulla in the second, and two off Lee again in the third. Then in the fourth over, Abdulla brought Murali Vijay's misery to an end when he caught and bowled him for 5 off 14 balls. Chennai were 8/1 in 3.5 overs and crawled to 12/1 in 5 overs.
There was more trouble in store however, when in the 6th over, Yusuf Pathan had Suresh Raina caught by Kallis at midwicket for 4 off 9 balls. Chennai were a miserable 15/2 in 5.4 overs with S Badrinath joining Michael Hussey at the crease. The two tried desperately to build a partnership, Badrinath hitting a six off Pathan to take his side to 40/2 in 10 overs.
But just as the batting duo tried to step on the gas, Laxmipathy Balaji dismissed Hussey for 15 off 26 balls to reduce the CSK to 49/3 in 11 overs. Then with Albie Morkel for company, Badrinath struck a four off Abdulla to take their side to over 50/3. After a couple of quiet overs, Badrinath was dropped off Pathan by Unadkat at deep midwicket before Morkel cut loose. He smashed Unadkat for two consecutive fours before being dropped by Brett Lee later in the over. CSK climbed to 77/3 in 15 overs.
Badrinath rounded off the 17th over by carting Balaji for a huge six over midwicket as CSK moved onto 94/3. Then soon after Badrinath notched up his 50 off 37 balls, Morkel ran a double to bring up his side's 100 in 18.3 overs. Then just singles and twos came off the last few balls as Chennai ended up at 114/4 with Badrinath run out off the last ball.