In response, Anrich Nortje drew first blood by removing Faf du Plessis in the first over. But Robin Uthappa and Ruturaj Gaikwad were unfazed as their barrage took CSK to 64/1 after 7 overs.
In the first innings, Delhi Capitals, by the end of the Powerplay, reached 51-2, courtesy of a flurry of boundaries unleashed by Prithvi Shaw. He eventually smashed 63 and stitched a 110-run stand with Gaikwad for the second wicket to set CSK on track.
CSK lost three wickets in 2 overs but Gaikwad continued the onslaught before he was dismissed for 70. Moeen Ali (16 off 12) and MS Dhoni (18* off 6) played handy cameos as CSK won with 4 wickets and 2 balls to spare. For CSK, Josh Hazlewood bagged the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan (7) and Shreyas Iyer (1).
Eventually, Shaw raced to a blistering 50 before being dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja on 60 off 34 balls. At the other end, Moeen Ali got the wicket of Axar Patel on 10. The Delhi Capitals got to 128/4 after 17 overs, courtesy of a 49-run stand between Shimron Hetmyer and skipper Rishabh Pant.
At the end, the two put on 83 runs for the fifth wicket before Hetmyer was dismissed by DJ Bravo on 37. Pant got to his fifty on the final of the innings to take DC to 172/5 in 20 overs.