It was an impressive performance by the Chennai Super Kings in Chennai to win over Deccan Chargers at their home ground. There was a way about Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy that told everyone or at least the Chennai fans that they are in for a win. After winning the toss the skipper of Chennai Super Kings chose to bat first in a pitch he thought will assist spinners as the game goes by. The batsman of Chennai were very slow in their approach after the first wicket of Murali Vijay fell after the batsman made only 4 runs off fourteen deliveries. However that did not stop Suresh Raina who came next to go for his shots and he did so with supreme confidence putting up a good partnership with Mike Hussey. After the fall of Mr. Cricket it was Dhoni who walked in to step up the tempo but failed after making only 21 runs and yet again he was stumped. Albie Morkel for the first time in this edition lived up-to his reputation as a big hitter as he hit three consecutive sixes to take the team's total beyond 150 runs. He came into bat and was served a beamer from Ishant Sharma after which he took the bowler apart from there on. In the end the home team made a very good 165 runs with the late flourish of Albie Morkel who actually hit the longest of all sixes in the tournament so far.
In came the Deccan Chargers batsman faced with a stiff score to chase and although Chennai Super Kings had plans for each of them, it failed and seemed to have taken the game away from Chennai. Sunny Sohal went berserk after the Chennai fast bowlers and spinners and took the game away from the home team, well almost. He played a blinder of an innings making 56 runs from 30 balls. Whatever he was served with, he handled them with disdain. After his landmark eventually Jakati ended up bowling him when he tried to go for the reverse sweep once too often and failing to connect. The ever composted captain seemed to have lost his cool and uttered a couple of words after his dismissal. After he was out, there was no fight from the Deccan Chargers, strangely their captain did not come in after the fall of the first wicket but only came in after the second wicket's fall and by then it was a little too late. He perished to Doug Bollinger when the batsman tried to flick him by walking across the stumps to loose the middle of it. It was all Chennai going forward. Albie Morkel also impressed with the ball to take up 3 wickets in his 4 overs. The Chennai spinners Ashwin as well as Jakati both only gave away 23 runs each of their allotted overs.
In the end Sangakkara's demoting himself in the batting order may have caused the team the loss against Chennai. After the dismissal of Sunny Sohal everything seemd to fall just in place as if it was written in a script with the home team cruising away to victory in the end.