Shane Watson played a magnificent knock of 106 (57) against his former team Rajasthan Royals as CSK beat them easily by 64 runs to reach at the top of the Points Table of IPL 2018.
After winning the toss, RR opted to field first making two changes in their playing XI as they replaced Dhawal Kulkarni and D’Arcy Short with Stuart Binny and Heinrich Klaasen. While CSK got back Suresh Raina in the team replacing Murali Vijay. They also played Karn Sharma in place of Harbhajan Singh.
CSK openers started well before Rayudu fall to Ben Laughlin for 12(8). After him, Raina joined Watson who looked in great touch in his knock of 46 runs off just 29 deliveries. Watson kept on scoring at one end but they struggled in the middle overs after the cheap fall of Dhoni and Billings. Bravo played a cameo of 24*(16) to help CSK post 204/5 at the end of their 20 overs.
Shreyas Gopal was the most successful bowler as took 4-0-20-3 and Laughlin was the other wicket taker (2/38). Apart from them, no other bowler took wickets and also bowled with very high economy rates.
Rajasthan began their batting struggling to the CSK fast bowlers as they were reduced to 32/3 inside five overs. Later Butler (22) and Stokes (45) scored a few shots but as the target was too big and there was no one to support them, RR got all out for mere 140 runs.
Seven bowlers bowled for CSK and all of them took wickets apart from Jadeja who bowled just one over. Deepak Chahar (4-0-30-2) and Shardul Thakur (3-0-28-2) provided CSK with the initial wickets while Bravo and other bowlers took wickets in the middle which never allowed Rajasthan to get in the game.