Shane Watson smashes 106 runs, helps CSK beat RR by 64 runs

Shane Watson smashes 106 runs, helps CSK beat RR by 64 runs

Warne also praised his countryman Watson for his century. He was dropped in the first over as Rahul Tripathi dropped a sitter at first slip, something the Royals were made to pay for.

In their last match against Kings XI Punjab, Ambati Rayudu (49) and Dhoni (79) nearly handed Chennai a hat-trick of wins but they fell short by four runs. After a hiccup towards the latter stages in the innings, Dwayne Bravo joined Watson in the middle.

But Royals didn't have an answer to their former player, who was particularly brutal and was clearing boundaries at will. During the presentation he said, "There's no doubt I had some extra motivation, playing against Rajasthan". Unfortunately, we dropped that catch. "Incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to play for CSK, so happy to repay the faith". He hit nine fours and six sixes in his entertaining knock.If CSK could not post a more daunting total on board, it was because of Royals' leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal, who stopped the run flow if not choked the CSK line-up, by accounting for three batsmen, including MS Dhoni in quick succession.Gopal conceded just 20 runs in his four-over quota. He finished with exceptional figures of 3 for 20 in his 4 overs, amidst the carnage. With Jos Buttler failing to fire so far and Ben Laughlin struggling for form in the last two matches, the RR management will have to dig deep into their squad find the right balance.

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Two weeks back, CSK played its first home-match in Chennai in three years (it wasn't among the franchises in 2016 and 2017) and ironically enough, it turned out to be the last match of the team in this edition of IPL as protesters managed to get the attention of IPL organizers as well as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) who held discussions and chose to shift CSK's remaining "home" matches to Pune.

However, all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was bought for a whopping Rs 12.5 crore, has failed to fire till now. Shardul Thakur removed Heinrich Klaasen (2) in the second over and after that Deepak Chahar took over.

It was the ideal response from CSK to bounce back from their defeat against KXIP in their previous match. Rajasthan Royal are now placed on fifth in the point-table. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals are at 5th spot after the loss.

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