At Chennai, March 31, 2010. Chennai Super Kings won by five wickets. ‡Royal Challengers Bangalore 161-4 (20 overs) (J. H. Kallis 52, V. Kohli 34); Chennai Super Kings 162-5 (18.5 overs) (M. Vijay 78, S. K. Raina 40*). MoM: M. Vijay.

Kevin Pietersen, in his first game of the tournament, contributed a handy 23* at the end of Bangalore's innings, but it was not enough. Murali Vijay gave himself a birthday present a day early with a robust performance that included six sixes as Chennai halted their slide.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo