Being put into bat, the Chennai Super Kings got off to a poor and sluggish start. With the first ball of the third over, Zaheer Khan bowled Michael Hussey for 4 off 7 balls with the score at 7/1. Suresh Raina tried to offset the pressure by knocking a four off Zaheer later in the same over.
Then though, Murali Vijay tried to get into the groove with a boundary off Aravind, he was caught behind off the next ball for 6 off 9 balls. Raina joined him back in the shed in the next over when he was caught at point for 4 off 6 balls, off Zaheer.
Wriddhiman Saha tried to counter-attack, swatting a four of Vettori. But the bowler got his revenge when he dismissed S Badrinath three balls later, for a 10-ball duck. The score read a dismal 23/4 in 5.4 overs. With captain M S Dhoni and Saha at the crease, the runs only trickled by before Dhoni tried to break the shackles by carting Chris Gayle for a six in the 11th over as the score moved onto to 44/4.
Two overs later, Saha upped the ante by striking Gayle for a six to take CSK past 50 before the bowler bowled 4 leg byes. But just as it looked like the Super Kings were on the road to recover, Virat Kohli struck to remove Saha for 22 off 30 balls as the score now read 64/5 in 13.3 overs.
New batsman Dwayne Bravo was keen on wresting some of the momentum, dispatching Kohli to the fence later in the over before Dhoni sent Gayle into orbit once again. However, Vettori struck back to trap Bravo in front for 5 off 5 balls as CSK fell deeper in trouble at 80/6 in 15.1 overs.
Two overs later, Dhoni got Zaheer away for a boundary, before carting Abhimanyu Mithun for a six as CSK's score touched 100. But almost immediately, the bowler sent back new batsman Albie Morkel for 5 off 9 balls as the Super Kings ended the 18th over at 102/7. But Dhoni wouldn't back down, smashing Aravind for a six to bring up his 50 off just 32 balls.
New batsman R Ashwin tried to copy Dhoni, but only got as far as deep midwicket where he was swallowed up off Aravind for 2 off 4 balls as the score read 110/8 in 18.5 overs. There was no stopping Dhoni however, as he went after Mithun in the last over, clobbering him for a six, a four, and another maximum as CSK ended on 128/8.