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IPL 2018, CSK vs RR: Chennai Super Kings win by 64 runs

Chennai Super Kings emerged victorious after bowling out Rajasthan Royals for 140 runs.

By: Express Web Desk | Pune |
Updated: April 20, 2018 11:57:38 pm
IPL Live CSK vs RR IPL 2018, CSK vs RR: Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals in Pune. (Source: IPL)

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.

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IPL 2018 CSK vs RR: As it happened

23:34 (IST)20 Apr 2018
ALL OVER! CSK win by 64 runs

The last two wickets fell in two successive deliveries. Leg-spinner Karn Sharma does the finishing job. The last wicket to fall is Ben Laughlin, caught behind by MS Dhoni. A clinical performance form men in yellow. RR- bowled out for 140, CSK win by 64 runs

23:22 (IST)20 Apr 2018
Shardul Thakur takes a blinder!

Shardul Thakur takes a spectacular one-handed catch to dismiss Stuart Binny of his own bowling. A short-ball forces Stuart Binny to pull but Thakur lunges forward to dive and complete one of the best caught & bowled dismissals one can ever see.  RR- 117/8

23:16 (IST)20 Apr 2018
OUT!

After a century against his name, Shane Watson strikes with the ball to remove K Gotham. Slower bouncer does the trick, a top edge is grabbed by Dhoni. RR-115/7

23:14 (IST)20 Apr 2018
WICKET!

Ben Stokes falls to Imran Tahir.  Flighted delivery by Tahir, draws the batsman forwards but a thick edge can only take the ball to mid-wicket region where Billings takes a comfortable catch.  RR- 113/6

23:03 (IST)20 Apr 2018
Bravo Strikes!

Another slower delivery and another wicket for Dwayne Bravo. Showing extremely good control Bravo pitches it up and a pre-meditated shot from Rahul Tripathi leads to his downfall. Sam Billings takes a comfortable catch. Royals sink further to 96/5.

22:54 (IST)20 Apr 2018
GONE!

The effervescent Dwayne Bravo has struck. Introduced into the attack, bowls it short and Buttler goes for the pull but only finds the toe end of the bat. Buttler departs for 22, RR in deep trouble at 77/4

22:43 (IST)20 Apr 2018
Stokes gets first first boundary

After 16 balls, Ben Stokes scores his first boundary of the match. Poor delivery by Shane Watson. On to Stokes' pads with the fine leg inside the circle and the pull shot gets a glove for a boundary

22:38 (IST)20 Apr 2018
SIX!

FIFTY up for Rajasthan Royals in the 8th over. And the over comes to an end as Buttler comes down the track once again and converts the boundary earlier into a six now. Lovely hit that. SIX!

22:37 (IST)20 Apr 2018
BANG FOUR!

Jos Buttler almost takes out his fellow England teammate Ben Stokes. Comes down the track to Imran Tahir and smacks it straight down the ground. Stokes does well to get his arm out of the way and allow the ball to run away to the boundary

22:27 (IST)20 Apr 2018
Powerplay overs

At the end of the powerplay overs, Rajasthan Royals are 35/3. Wonderful over from Watson as he goes for just a single. In comparison, CSK had scored 69/1 in their powerplay overs

22:20 (IST)20 Apr 2018
AJINKYA RAHANE BOWLED!

Another big blow to Rajasthan Royals and it is the skipper this time. Ajinkya Rahane fails to read the knuckle ball by Chahar. Was early into his shot with the ball beating him to it. Beautiful by Chahar to get the knuckle into the action at the last moment. Hard to execute and even harder for a batsman to pick up. RR are now 32/3 as Rahane departs for 16 from 11 balls

22:14 (IST)20 Apr 2018
SANJU SAMSON GONE!

And Deepak Chahar gives the CSK faithful more reason to cheer. Short of length delivery into the body, Samson pulls and finds Karn Sharma at the boundary. Lovely field setting too to place the fielder there. Didn't have to move an inch. The connection was off the top of the bat and it allowed the ball to go aerial instead of staying along the ground. CSK are 25/2 after 3 overs

22:12 (IST)20 Apr 2018
Whistlepodu Express

CSK's travelling fans who had boarded the Whistlepodu Express on Thursday must be elated with what they must have seen so far. 1100kms and 27 hours one way - totally worth it so far

22:05 (IST)20 Apr 2018
HEINRICH KLAASEN GONE!

BOWLED! Shardul Thakur strikes and Heinrich Klaasen's IPL debut is a quick and short one. He goes for just 7 runs from 7 balls. No feet movement and a nothing shot from the South African. Klaasen plays down the wrong line and the middle stump is removed. RR are 20/1 after 2 overs

22:00 (IST)20 Apr 2018
Rajasthan Royals begin chase

Heinrich Klaasen and Ajinkya Rahane open for Rajasthan Royals in quest to chase the 205 run target. Deepak Chahar has the ball. And it all begins with bit of deja vu moments. Start off with a wide, Binny started with a no ball. And Watson drops Klaasen at first slip and in CSK's inning, they had begun with Watson getting dropped in the same region. Rahane restores some confidence with a thumping straight six over the bowler. And then gets some luck with an inside edge that runs off towards fine leg for a four

21:40 (IST)20 Apr 2018
CSK set RR a 205 run target

Eight runs from the final Ben Laughlin over. Two runs on the final over as he fails to collect the ball for the run out on Bravo. CSK finish with 204/5 after 20 overs

21:38 (IST)20 Apr 2018
SHANE WATSON GONE!

Shane Watson departs for 106 from 57 balls. What a knock this was. Tried to go big to Ben Laughlin but only ends up getting the outside edge which is taken by keeper Jos Buttler with ease. Some of the RR players go up to Watto to congratulate him. CSK are 202/5

21:34 (IST)20 Apr 2018
FOUR!

12 runs off the penultimate over by Ben Stokes. Two boundaries in the over, first at the start and then on the final ball. CSK move on to 196/4 after 19 overs

21:28 (IST)20 Apr 2018
DROPPED!

Sanju Samson drops one to let Dwayne Bravo bat on. Tries to repeat the last ball's boundary off the cut but doesn't get the elevation. Samson jumps at backward point but only ends up pushing it up. Another chance squandered by Rajasthan 

21:24 (IST)20 Apr 2018
WATSON HUNDRED!

The crowd roars in anticipation as Shane Watson comes on to the crease to bring up his hundred. His family looks on excitedly. Rahane changes the field. But all that for nought as Watson tucks it for a single on to the off side and brings up his 100 from 51 balls. This is his fourth T20 hundred and third in the IPL and ofcourse it comes against his former side, 

Faf du Plessis reacts after a shoe was hurled at him in Chennai. (Source: PTI)

CSK vs RR IPL 2018 Match in Pune: The main focus on Friday as CSK take on Rajasthan Royals will be on the first game between the two since 2015 and the fact that Pune will be the host city after CSK were forced to move their matches. The controversy errupted during the Cauvery protests in Chennai and a shoe was hurled at Faf du Plessis and Ravindra Jadeja. On the field of play, both teams are pretty even. They've both played three matches and won two. But CSK have looked better and more convincing with the willow. How they fare at their new home will be interesting to see.

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