Chennai Super Kings Defeat Rajasthan Royals by 64 Runs

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But with two back-to-back wins against Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan will be high on confidence against Chennai today.

Watson blazed his way to 106 off just 57 balls to help the Super Kings to an imposing total after the Royals put them in to bat and Ben Laughlin removed Ambati Rayudu (12) early. The spinners have been handled extremely well by Ajinkya Rahane.

Suresh Raina (46) made his return from a calf injury and formed part of an integral 81-run partnership with Watson, before being denied a fifty when Gowtham dived underneath his mistimed shot at deep midwicket. Some greats of the game in Michael Hussey and Stephen Fleming - a New Zealander and an Aussie, funnily enough - form the core of the CSK management and they have done a superb job of getting the team right on track. Bravo remained unbeaten on 24 runs facing 16 balls. With two wins and two losses, Rajasthan Royals are at the fifth position with four points. However, Shreyas Gopal's three-wicket haul - dismissing Raina, Dhoni and Billings - in his four-over spell denied CSK that opportunity.

Chasing 205 to win, RR lost early wickets and never really recovered from there. "I felt we bowled slightly on the poor side".

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With 185 runs from four games, Sanju Samson has been the most impressive batsman for Rajasthan while skipper Rahane has amassed 130 runs. D' Arcy Short has looked scratchy even when he has managed to survive the initial hard phase and somebody like a Samson or Jos Buttler can open the innings with captain Ajinkya Rahane.

Buttler perished as the ball went up in the air after he failed to time a rising delivery from medium pacer Dwayne Bravo. The resistance crumbled with the Buttler wicket as Royals lost next six wickets for 63 runs in 8.2 overs.

Stokes made a scrappy top score of 45 off 37 balls but Rajasthan's multimillion dollar signing perished in the 14th over while going for a slog sweep off Imran Tahir's legspin.

The wicket of Stokes was nail in the coffin for the visitors who were reduced to 111/6 in 13.5 overs. Not only batsmen but CSK's bowler did it well, Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Bravo and Sharma took 2 wickets each of Rajasthan Royals and scared them to leave the ground.

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