Winning the toss and opting to bat first, the Chennai Super Kings didn't get off to the best of starts. In the first over, Michael Hussey smacked Irfan Patha for a four, only to be trapped in front two balls later, having to depart for 4 off 5 balls. However, Suresh Raina immediately launched a counter-offensive, clobbering McDonald for a four and six in the second over while Murali Vijay lopped a four off Pathan in the third, as the hosts climbed to 25/1.
In the 5th over, Vijay went after Ajit Agarkar, carting the seamer for two huge sixes. But in the very next over, Raina was out to Aaron for 14 off 10 balls as the score read 42/2. Then Vijay survived a couple of drop catches before new batsman S Badrinath took Chennai over 50 with a four off Nadeem in the 9th over.
Then Vijay teamed up with Badrinath to each take a four off James Hopes. But in the 11th over, Venugopal Rao took a splendid catch at the boundary off Agarkar to get rid of Vijay for 35 off 33 balls as the score read 68/2.
But the next man at the crease, M S Dhoni got off the mark with an aggressive flurry off shots including a four of Agarkar and a six and a four off McDonald. Badrinath took CSK to over 100 with a boundary off Nadeem. Then in the 16th over, Dhoni smashed Agarkar for two fours while two overs later, the batting duo each took a four off Aaron.
Dhoni sent Agarkar for another maximum before Badrinath followed suit to bring up his 50 and CSK's 150 and then celebrated with another boundary. After Badrinath was run out in the last over for 55 opff 43, Dhoni finished off the innings with a flourish, dispatching Pathan over the boundary for two sixes, as CSK finished on 176/4 in their 20 overs.
In their reply, the Delhi Daredevils got off to a forceful start with Naman Ojha getting Albie Morkel away for a four in the first over. Then the same batsman clobbered Bollinger for two fours in the second over before laying into Morkel with two huge sixes in the third. But Ojha had played one shot too many when he skied Morkel into the hands of cover to depart for 25 off 14 balls as the score read 34/1 in 2.5 overs.
Then while new batsman Colin Ingram took Ashwin for a boundary in the 4th over, Warner knocked a four off Bollinger in the next, before four leg byes from Ashwin took the Daredevils to 50 in the 6th over. In the 8th over, Dwayne Bravo pulled off a sensational catch at point to dismiss Ingram for 7 of 12 balls, before Bravo himself got rid of Warner a couple of overs later for 21 off 25 balls, with the score now reading 64/3 in 9.4 overs.
Then new batsman Venugopal Rao knocked a four off Bravo in the 12th over and a six off Shadab Jakati in the next, before dispatching Suresh Raina to the boudnary and carting Jakati for another maximum as the Daredevils moved past 100 in 14.3 overs. But in the next over, the same batsman was bowled by Ashwin for 30 off 20 balls as the Daredevils slipped to 108/4.
Irfan Pathan tried to keep the game alive for Delhi with a few meaty blows including a six off Ashwin and consecutive boundaries off Morkel, but was deprived of any adequate support as James Hopes (6) and McDonald (8) fell by the wayside. In the end, Delhi folded up for 158, 18 runs short of CSK's score.