IPL 2018, CSK vs RR: Rajasthan Royals won the toss and put Chennai Super Kings in to bat at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium. In the team changes, Suresh Raina returned to CSK’s XI after missing two games due to injury. Elsewhere, CSK also brought in Karn Sharma for Harbhajan Singh. For Rajasthan Royals, Heinrich Klaasen and Stuart Binny came in for Darcy Short and Dhawal Kulkarni. Shane Watson scored a sublime 106 runs from 57 balls to power CSK to 204/5. He found support from Suresh Raina at one end with the left-hander scoring 46 runs on his return. With the ball, Shreyas Gopal performed the best of the lot to pick up three wickets even as others were taken to the cleaners by Watson’s big hitting.
However, chasing a stiff total, Rajasthan never got going as they lost early wickets. Shardul Thakur struck early to remove Heinrich Klaasen, whose IPL debut was a quick and short one. But once Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson departed within the powerplay, the body language dropped and it was only a matter of time before CSK secured the win. The last two wickets fell in successive deliveries as CSK won by 64 runs.