The Super Kings showed a lot of character to shrug off a poor start when they lost opener Murali Vijay (1) and No.3 Suresh Raina (0) in the second over off consecutive deliveries bowled by seamer Dhawal Kulkarni.
It was a brilliant 94-run stand between the consistent Michael Hussey (49) and Subramaniam Badrinath (47) that provided a solid platform for the Super Kings.
With the ball doing a bit in the air, Kulkarni had Vijay edging to lone slip Rohit Sharma and off the very next delivery saw Raina inside-edging to the stumps as the Super Kings slid to 2 for 1.
Image: Chennai Super Kings' bowler Dwayne Bravo, left, gestures to Mumbai Indians' batsman Kieron Pollard, right, after taking his wicket during their Indian Premier League (IPL) playoff cricket match in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, May 23, 2012.
Scorecard | IPL 2012