Watson century helps Chennai triumph over Rajasthan in IPL
Opener Shane Watson’s fiery 106 and some tight bowling helped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) hand Rajasthan Royals (RR) a 64-run defeat and to go to the top of Indian Premier League on Friday (April 20).
RR-led by Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and put CSK into bat first, in what was the first match between the two sides in three years after serving a two-year ban in the wake of the 2013 spot-fixing scandal.
Playing their first ‘home’ game after matches were shifted out from Chennai, due to ongoing protests over Cauvery river, Watson, who was with Rajasthan Royals from 2008-2015, thrashed the their bowlers all over the park as he put Chennai in the driving seat from the beginning.
Watson was ably supported by Suresh Raina (46) as he brought his third IPL century and the second overall ton in this year’s cash-rich season as he propelled the two-time champions to an imposing 204 for 5 in their 20 overs. He smashed nine fours and six towering sixes during his 57-ball innings.
Chasing 205, RR was never into the game as CSK bowlers bowled tight lines to not allow the Rajasthan batsmen to get away.
While the English duo, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler played extravagant shots and tried to keep the scoreboard ticking for the 2008 champions, they did not get the support of other RR batsmen and were bundled out for 140 in 18.3 overs.
With this loss, Rajasthan slumped to their third loss and are languishing in the sixth position with four points (two wins, three losses), while Chennai jumped to the top spot with six points (three wins, one loss). Rajasthan Royals bowler Ben Laughlin said the bowlers were not up to the mark and would need to pull up their socks in order to survive the tournament.
CSK will now visit their neighbours Hyderabad while RR will welcome Mumbai on Sunday (April 22).