Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2018, Highlights: Shane Watson ton sets up massive win for CSK
Follow highlights of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs (RR) Rajasthan Royals, Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune here. Shane Watson’s 57-ball 106 helped CSK beat RR by 64 runs.cricket Updated: Apr 21, 2018 00:06 IST
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 64 runs in an IPL 2018 clash at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune on Friday. After being asked to bat, CSK rode on Shane Watson’s magnificent century and Suresh Raina’s 29-ball 46 to post 204/5. For RR, Shreyas Gopal took three wickets. In reply, the visitors lost wickets at regular intervals and were bundled out for 140 in 18.3 overs. Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Dwayne Bravo and Karn Sharma took two wickets each while Ben Stokes scored 45. Follow highlights of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs (RR) Rajasthan Royals, Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune here (SCORECARD | STREAMING INFO)
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Shane Watson (Man of the Match): “There’s no doubt I had some extra motivation, playing against Rajasthan. Incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to play for CSK, so happy to repay the faith. (on the dropped catch), I’m not sure. It’s just how it goes sometimes, but the other little things fell my way tonight. I’m always looking to get better, when it’s time you’re not learning, it’s time to stop, so I’m still trying to improve certain aspects of my playing.”
MS Dhoni: “It’s like an unknown territory for us. We’re usually behind, but this time we’re ahead. Most of us are over 30, so it’s important to stay fit. Experience really counts, and we do have good fielders. Just need people to stay fit. The change of venue, to be frank, the people over here, they supported me when I played for Pune, so you could say that it was good that I could return the favour. Yes, it’s Chennai Super Kings and not Pune Super Kings, but by the end of the seventh game, we’ll see more yellow here.”
Ajinkya Rahane: “Credit goes to CSK. The way they played, especially Watson. We dropped a catch, but the way he batted was incredible. Poor fielding hurts, but players are working hard on fielding. Need to learn from this and move forward. I felt we bowled slightly on the poor side. They bowled straighter, and those lines and lengths were difficult to hit. CSK were just too good tonight.”
23:32 hrs IST: OUT! That’s it. CSK defeat RR by 64 runs, secure their third win in IPL 2018. Shane Watson - you beauty!
23:27 hrs IST: Six runs off Jadeja’s first over. CSK have been impressive throughout the night.
23:21 hrs IST: OUT! Second wicket for Thakur. Binny departs for 10(8). Rajasthan Royals are 121/8, need 84 off 24.
23:16 hrs IST: OUT! Watson joins the party, removes Gowtham. Shreyas Gopal comes to the crease. Rajasthan Royals need 90 off 30.
23:12 hrs IST: Tahir has been expensive tonight. Finishes with figures of 1/44. Rajasthan Royals need 92 off 36.
23:09 hrs IST: WICKET! It’s all but over for the Royals. Ben Stokes falls to Imran Tahir. K Gowtham comes to the crease.
23:04 hrs IST: Second wicket for Bravo, gets Tripathi. Rajasthan Royals are 103/5, need 102 off 42. Stokes 38*
22:59 hrs IST: Chennai have been spot on with their plans for Stokes. The Englishman is really struggling to hit biggies.
22:54 hrs IST: Seven runs off the over and a wicket. Rajasthan Royals in desperate need of big overs. They are 84/4, need 121 off 54.
22:50 hrs IST: OUT! Just the wickets Chennai wanted. Bravo removes Buttler. Rahul Tripathi comes to the crease. It’s not going well for the inaugural IPL champions.
22:48 hrs IST: A couple of wickets would do it for Chennai Super Kings. Rajasthan Royals are 77/3 after 10 overs, need 128 off 60.
22:43 hrs IST: Nine runs off Watson’s second. Rajasthan Royals are 67/3 after 9 overs, need 138 off 66. Strategic time-out.
22:39 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal crushed fifth seed Dominic Thiem 6-0, 6-2 to romp into the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals on Friday as he stepped up his bid for an 11th title in style.
A tight match had been anticipated, but Nadal produced one of the most dominant wins of his career as Thiem fell to pieces in the Monaco sunshine.
22:36 hrs IST: SIX! Googly from Tahir and Buttler smashes it straight down the ground for a maximum. Rajasthan Royals are 57/3 after 8 overs. Watson again.
22:32 hrs IST: And Chahar ends with figures of 2/30. He has done his job. Rajasthan Royals are 43/3 after 7 overs. Imran Tahir comes into the attack.
22:27 hrs IST: Watson continues to shine. Only one run off his first over. Rajasthan Royals are 35/3 after 6 overs. Variations seem to working for the hosts’ bowlers. Chahar to bowl his final over.
22:22 hrs IST: Magnificent over from Chahar, only three runs and an important wicket. Rajasthan Royals are 34/3 after 5 overs. Stokes 6*, Buttler 1*. Watson comes into the attack.
22:19 hrs IST: OUT! Knuckle ball from Chahar, Rahane charges down the track and looks to hit it towards leg but misses and the ball hits his stumps. Jos Buttler comes to the crease.
22:16 hrs IST: Singles, doubles won’t do it for the Royals. Stokes holds the key here. Rajasthan Royals are 31/2 after 4 overs. Chahar again.
22:13 hrs IST: Tidy over from Chahar, five runs and a wicket. Rajasthan Royals are 25/1 after 3 overs. Rahane 14*. Thakur to continue.
22:11 hrs IST: WICKET! Short delivery from Chahar, Samson looks to pull it over the square leg boundary but doesn’t get the timing and Karn Sharma does the rest. Ben Stokes comes to the crease.
22:06 hrs IST: Good over from Thakur, six runs off it. Rajasthan Royals are 20/1 after 2 overs. Chahar to continue.
22:03 hrs IST: OUT! Thakur gets rid of Klaasen. Good length delivery, the South African looks to defend but plays it down the wrong line and gets bowled. Sanju Samson is in at No.3.
21:59 hrs IST: SIX! Full delivery from Chahar, Rahane steps out and hits it straight over the bowler’s head for a maximum. Rajasthan Royals are 14/0 after the first over. Shardul Thakur comes into the attack.
21:56 hrs IST: Back of a length delivery from Chahar and Rahane works it towards the slip region for a single.
21:54 hrs IST: Time for RR’s chase. Rahane and Klaasen to open. Chahar to bowl the first over.
21:39 hrs IST: That’s it. Chennai Super Kings finish on 204/5. Great performance from the two-time IPL champions. Should fancy there chances from here on. We’ll be back in a short while.
21:32 hrs IST: FOUR! Fourth boundary for Bravo in no time. Once again, Stokes has failed to provide crucial breakthroughs. Chennai Super Kings are 196/4 after 19 overs. Laughlin to bowl the final over.
21:28 hrs IST: Two runs off the last ball for Watson. Chennai Super Kings are 184/4 after 18 overs. Ben Stokes to bowl the penultimate over.
21:24 hrs IST: Single and that’s hundred for Watson. What an innings this has been from the Australian! Fourth T20 century for him. Gayle did it yesterday, Watson does it tonight.
21:22 hrs IST: A boundary each for Watson and Bravo. Chennai Super Kings are 175/3 after 17 overs. Watson 99*, Bravo 6*. Unadkat to bowl his final over.
21:18 hrs IST: Only 15 runs have been scored off the last 18 balls. Chennai Super Kings are 165/3 after 16 overs. Gopal finishes with figures of 3/20. Laughlin again.
21:15 hrs IST: OUT! Too short from Gopal, Billings rocks back, looks to clear the deep mid-wicket boundary but finds Ben Stokes, who doesn’t miss these. Dwayne Bravo comes to the crease.
21:12 hrs IST: Eight runs off Unadkat’s third. Chennai Super Kings are 161/3 after 15 overs. Can they get past 210?
21:08 hrs IST: Stupendous over from Gopal, only three runs off it. Chennai Super Kings are 153/3 after 14 overs. Watson 85*, Billings 1*. Unadkat comes into the attack.
21:05 hrs IST: OUT! Dhoni looks to clear the long-on boundary but finds Gowtham. Second wicket for Gopal. Sam Billings comes to the crease.
21:01 hrs IST: FOUR! Now Dhoni joins the party. Chennai Super Kings are 150/2 after 13 overs. Watson 83*, Dhoni 5*. Strategic time-out.
20:58 hrs IST: FOUR! Length delivery on middle stump from Binny and Watson hits it towards the fine leg boundary. The former Australian captain has been magnificent tonight!
20:56 hrs IST: Nine runs off the over despite Raina’s wicket. Chennai Super Kings are 131/2 after 12 overs. Watson 70*, Dhoni 0*. Binny is back into the attack.
20:54 hrs IST: OUT! Gowtham takes a brilliant diving catch at deep mid-wicket. Raina departs for 46(29). First scalp for Gopal. MS Dhoni comes to the crease.
20:51 hrs IST: FOUR! Flighted delivery from Gopal and Raina times it over cover. Excellent timing! Deserves a fifty.
20:49 hrs IST: Costly over from Laughlin, 15 runs off it. Chennai Super Kings are 122/1 after 11 overs. Watson 70*, Raina 38*. Shreyas Gopal comes back into the attack.
20:46 hrs IST: FOUR! Length delivery from Laughlin, Raina makes room and hits it over extra cover. Can’t get any better!
20:45 hrs IST: Ben Laughlin comes back into the attack. The wicket doesn’t have much on offer. What can Rahane do from here?
20:44 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries for Raina. The wicket of Rayudu hasn’t stopped the flow of runs. 200 looks very much gettable. Chennai Super Kings are 107/1 after 10 overs.
20:40 hrs IST: Expensive over from Gowtham, 19 runs off it. Chennai Super Kings are 97/1 after 9 overs. Jaydev Unadkat comes back into the attack.
20:39 hrs IST: FOUR! Fuller delivery from Gowtham and Watson launches it over mid-wicket. Looks set to get past the three-figure mark.
20:37 hrs IST: SIX! Short delivery from Gowtham, Watson rocks back and clobbers it over long-on for a maximum. That brings up his fifty!
20:35 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for Raina. Spinners have done well in the last couple of overs. Chennai Super Kings are 78/1 after 7 overs. Gowtham to continue.
20:32 hrs IST: Great over from Gowtham, only five runs off it. Chennai Super Kings are 74/1 after 7 overs. Watson 42*, Raina 19*. Shreyas Gopal comes into the attack.
20:29 hrs IST: K Gowtham comes back into the attack. Rajasthan in desperate need of wickets or else, they could be chasing anything above or around 200.
20:26 hrs IST: FOUR BOUNDARIES IN A ROW! While the third one was a low full-toss and Raina worked it to fine leg boundary, the fourth one was guided to the third man boundary. Chennai Super Kings are 69/1 after 6 overs. Strategic time-out.
20:25 hrs IST: FOUR! Short ball but Raina adjusts well and hits it well past the fielder at short fine leg.
20:24 hrs IST: FOUR! Half-volley from Stokes, Raina gets down on one knee and lifts it over cover for his first boundary.
20:23 hrs IST: Tidy over from Laughlin, five runs and a wicket. Chennai Super Kings are 53/1 after 5 overs. Watson 38*, Raina 2*. Stokes to continue.
20:20 hrs IST: OUT! Good length delivery from Laughlin, Rayudu looks to cut but gets a thick outside edge and Jos Buttler does the rest. Suresh Raina is in at No. 3.
20:18 hrs IST: Third bowling change. Ben Laughlin comes into the attack. Can he strike?
20:17 hrs IST: FOUR! Poor bowling from Stokes. Straying down leg and Watson helps it to fine leg boundary. Easy pickings. Chennai Super Kings are 48/0 after 4 overs.
20:14 hrs IST: FOUR! Short delivery from Stokes, on middle and leg, Rayudu pulls it past the fielder at short fine leg.
20:12 hrs IST: SIX! Too short from Unadkat, Watson gets into position early and pulls it over mid-wicket. Chennai Super Kings are 37/0 after 3 overs. Ben Stokes is into the attack.
20:10 hrs IST: SIX! Overpitched from Unadkat, outside off, Watson lifts it over cover for another maximum. Looks in top form!
20:09 hrs IST: Single off the last delivery for Watson. Moves to 19. Chennai Super Kings are 25/0 after 2 overs. Jaydev Unadkat comes into the attack.
20:07 hrs IST: SIX! Fuller delivery from Gowtham, Watson stays in the crease and smacks it over the long-off boundary for a maximum.
20:05 hrs IST: FOUR! Full and straight from Binny, Rayudu comes down the track and lifts it over cover. Chennai Super Kings are 14/0 after the first over. K Gowtham comes into the attack.
20:04 hrs IST: Edged and dropped! Rahul Tripathi misses an easy chance at first slip. Watson gets a life. How costly will that prove to be for the visitors?
20:02 hrs IST: FOUR! Back of a length delivery from Binny and Watson hits it through cover. Can’t bowl him there.
20:01 hrs IST: FREE-HIT! Slower ball from Binny, Watson goes back and hammers it straight over the bowler’s head for his first boundary.
20:00 hrs IST: Time for live action. Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu make their way out in the middle and so do RR players. Stuart Binny to start the proceedings.
19:37 hrs IST: Teams -
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Sam Billings, MS Dhoni(c/wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane(c), Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(wk), Heinrich Klaasen, Stuart Binny, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin
19:34 hrs IST: So Suresh Raina is fit and he replaces Murali Vijay. Karn Sharma comes in for Harbhajan Singh. For RR, Heinrich Klaasen makes his debut while Stuart Binny replaces Dhawal Kulkarni
19:31 hrs IST: Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and have opted to field.
19:15 hrs IST: “There’s a nice covering of grass, the ball will carry through to the keeper nicely, there will be a bit of spin on offer. Expect the captain winning the toss to have a field first’, says Michael Vaughan, in his pitch report.
19:07 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK - Sanju Samson needs 66 runs to complete 1000 runs for Rajasthan Royals in Indian Premier League.
19:02 hrs IST: Two-time champions CSK, on the other hand, made a rampaging start to their campaign with back-to-back wins against defending champions Mumbai Indians and KKR.
While Dwayne Bravo came to their rescue with a 30-ball 68 against Mumbai Indians in their first match, it was Sam Billings who put the finishing touch to their superb runchase against Kolkata Knight Riders in a high-scoring match.
18:57 hrs IST: Rajasthan, under new captain Ajinkya Rahane, had a bad start to their campaign but they have done well with two back-to-back wins before Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) outclassed them by seven wickets.
18:52 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to HT’s live coverage of IPL 2018 match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.
While it’s still early days in the season, both teams need to fix a few issues before the tournament moves towards the business end. And bringing in Ravindra Jadeja ahead of the big-hitting Dwayne Bravo can’t be an option for Chennai.
For the Royals, they desperately need to find bowling momentum going forward. They haven’t bundled out the opposition even once so far and with 14 wickets in their four games, they’ve been the most ineffective bowling attack.