51dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Watson, Rahane hand CSK a thrashing

Shane Watson and Ajinkya Rahane made light work of Chennai Super Kings' 156 for 4, each hitting sparkling seventies in a breezy 144-run stand to maintain Rajasthan Royals' winning streak

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AM Rahane
76(55) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 27 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
3 1 10 9 6 6 14 27
SR Watson
73(47) 6x4 - 4x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 20 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
9 1 1 8 13 24 2 15

Best performances - Bowlers

CH Morris
O4
M0
R19
W1
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
Ankit Sharma
O3
M0
R26
W1
Eco8.66
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Chennai Super Kings , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

16.00 start, First Session 16.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-17.50, Second Session 17.50-19.20

Match days

19 April 2015 - day/night match (20-over match)

Match Referee

Points

Rajasthan Royals 2, Chennai Super Kings 0

Commentator: Devashish Fuloria

While Royals continue to rise, it's up to Mumbai to arrest their fall. Over to the other game now. Ciao ciao.

"It's nice to be back with Royals," Watson says. "Chennai is a great team, so it was a good win against them.The pitch was a little bit slow and little bit dry, but we summed up the conditions pretty quickly and the bowlers bowled well to give ourselves the best chance. Chris Morris bowled very well. Dwayne Bravo played a brilliant innings. But I am very proud of the way we played today. We are getting better every year. The people we have brought in this year complement the team and we continue to learn."

Ajinkya Rahane is the Man of the Match. He is the leading run-getter in this IPL now. He talks about playing his natural game, making the most of the form and enjoying cricket.

Shane Watson gets an award for hitting the most sixes and Pravin Tambe gets another award for picking up the wicket of Brendon McCullum.

"We are playing well through the tournament, but i thought this was a perfect game," says Dravid. "Chennai is a big side and I am very glad with the performance. To restrict them to less than 160 was incredible from the bowlers."

"It was an off day for us," Dhoni says. "When I went to bat, I ate up a lot of deliveries. It was quite a good wicket, under the light, it gets slightly better. It played how we thought it would play. It was a back-to-back game for us after Mumbai, and the heat could have been a factor (behind the flat display) but we have to come back. Bravo released a lot of pressure of me. IF he can play like this, I can play somewhere else in the batting order. With Jadeja and Ashwin to follow, it gives our batting potency."

7.15 pm So Rajasthan Royals keep their slate clean with their fifth win in a row. It ends Chennai Super Kings unbeaten run as well. What a game it has been for Shane Watson.. Coming back from injury, it seemed his inclusion could disturb an already settled combination, but he has made superb impact. Along with Rahane, he added a record144 runs for the opening wicket. At one stage it seemed they would complete a 10-wicket win.. But they were never really hurried in their chase. Chennai Super Kings appeared a bit flat in their bowling attack, or maybe it was the calm batting from Rahane and Watson that made it look that way. A flat game for Super Kings, who, apart from Bravo's fifty in the first innings, didn't have much to smile about.

18.2
1
Bravo to Nair, 1 run, another slower delivery and Karun whips it to square leg to complete a comprehensive win

No Faulkner. Karun Nair comes in to hit the winning run

18.1
W
Bravo to Smith, OUT, No he will not! This is a slower ball and what does Smith do? he chips it straight back at the bowler. Will it be Faulkner then?

SPD Smith c & b Bravo 6 (8m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

So Smith it will be to hit the winning runs..

END OF OVER:
18 | 9 Runs | RR: 156/1 (1 run required from 12 balls, RR: 8.66, RRR: 0.50)

  • SPD Smith6 (6b)
  • AM Rahane76 (55b)
  • MM Sharma4-0-33-0
  • RA Jadeja4-0-29-1
17.6
1
Sharma to Smith, 1 run, short delivery this time and Smith slaps it straight to short fine leg for a single.
17.5
2
Sharma to Smith, 2 runs, fuller on the off, Smith eases it down to long-off. The throw comes in from the deep, hits the stumps and ricochets away, allowing an extra run
17.4
1
Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, length delivery outside off, Rahane gets hurried as this is the quicker one, dragged down to long on
17.3
2
Sharma to Rahane, 2 runs, slower bouncer this time, Rahane has seen that coming and he ramps it from the right of Dhoni was a couple to third man

Firing together

1

Number of times both Royals openers have made 70+ scores. This has only happened twice previously in the IPL.

Thrifty in loss

1

Extras conceded by Super Kings in this match, the fewest for them in the IPL.

chart topper

231

Runs scored by Ajinkya Rahane this IPL, by far the most for any player.

Success up front

8

Number of century opening stands for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, more than any other team.

Royals chasing Kings

16

Number of times Royals have scored 150+ in a successful IPL chase. They could equal Super Kings today (17 times).

Sweet 15, Not

106

Runs scored by Super Kings' at the end of 15 overs, their lowest in 4 games this IPL.

Sweet and Sour

59

CSK's average Powerplay score this IPL, the highest for any team. However, they only scored 39 today.

Deceptive

119

Brendon McCullum's IPL strike rate excluding his 2 hundreds, similar to that of Pandey, Badrinath and Dravid.

Royal Snub for McCullum

9.12

Brendon McCullum's batting average in 8 innings against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.

Kings trump Royals

10-5

Super Kings' win-loss record against Royals in the Indian Premier League.