Chennai Super Kings will travel on Sunday (April 22) for an afternoon clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad before Rajasthan Royals host Mumbai Indians in the night game. Rajasthan lost three wickets in the powerplay overs and never looked like really threatening the Chennai total.
After putting on 50 for the first wicket with Ambati Rayudu, Watson was joined in the middle by Suresh Raina who came back into the squad after nursing a calf injury. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler form the aggressive Rajasthan middle but the former in particular has had his fair share of troubles against legspin.
While Dwayne Bravo (68 off 30) and Sam Billings' (56 off 23) brilliant knocks handed CSK a nail-biting win against MI and KKR respectively, skipper Dhoni (79 off 44) was nearly about to pull a win against Punjab in a high-scoring clash.
But Rajasthan conceded 54 runs off the last seven overs. But there was nothing slow about Chennai's start against Rajasthan, ever since Stuart Binny overstepped on the very first ball, and Shane Watson (106 off 57 balls) smashed him back over his head off the free-hit.
In the end, Royals' loss turned out to be Chennai's gain as Chahar's spell at the start of Rajasthan's chase spelled the end for the visitors' hopes. So far skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson have done most of the work in the batting department. He is now the top scorer and top wicket-taker for CSK but tomorrow he will be up against one of the most balanced sides in this IPL. Legspinner Karn Sharma finished off the tail with 2-16.
CSK bowled the Royals out for just 140 to complete a clinical win that establishes them as early contenders for a playoff spot. However, it was a much tougher chance than the previous one with Tripathi just about managing to get one hand on the ball. However, Shardul Thakur removed the South African, who was bowled in the fifth delivery of the second over, with the visiting side's score at 20.