17th match (N), Pune, Apr 20 2018, Indian Premier League
(18.3/20 ov, target 205)140
Super Kings won by 64 runs
Player Of The Match
106 (57) & 1/13

11.55pm That's all from us tonight. CSK move to the top of the IPL points table after their domination of Rajasthan Royals tonight. Match report and other reactions on our home page soon. Till then, it's goodnight from all of us at ESPNcricinfo. We'll see you tomorrow for double-header Saturday. On behalf of the crew, this is Sreshth Shah, signing off.

11.30pm A terrific all-round performance from Chennai Super Kings, playing at their new home. Shane Watson's hundred set the CSK innings up, after which the Indian bowlers - Chahar and Thakur - made life difficult for Rajasthan Royals. Time for the presentation.

Shane Watson, the Man of the Match: "There's no doubt I had some extra motivation, playing against Rajasthan. Incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to play for CSK, so happy to repay the faith. (on the dropped catch), I'm not sure. It's just how it goes sometimes, but the other little things fell my way tonight. I'm always looking to get better, when it's time you're not learning, it's time to stop, so I'm still trying to improve certain aspects of my playing. MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming know really well how to set a team dynamic, and seeing the inner workings of the team is great."

Dhoni, the winning captain: "It's like an unknown territory for us. We're usually behind, but this time we're ahead. Most of us are over 30, so it's important to stay fit. Experience really counts, and we do have good fielders. Just need people to stay fit. The change of venue, to be frank, the people over here, they supported me when I played for Pune, so you could say that it was good that I could return the favour. Yes, it's Chennai Super Kings and not Pune Super Kings, but by the end of the seventh game, we'll see more yellow here. As for the pitch, I wasn't 100% sure. There was variable bounce, spongy bounce, and hitting from back of a length is difficult sometimes. The batsmen made the life for the bowlers easy. Whenever you score 200+, the spinners still had to vary their pace, line and length to stay in the game. The first six overs of the chase were important. Today also there was a bit of dew later on, and if the wicket is good not many teams will mind batting first."

Ajinkya Rahane, the losing captain: "Credit goes to CSK. The way they played, especially Watson. We dropped a catch, but the way he batted was incredible. Poor fielding hurts, but players are working hard on fielding. Need to learn from this and move forward. I felt we bowled slightly on the poor side. They bowled straighter, and those lines and lengths were difficult to hit. CSK were just too good tonight. It's important to believe in our ability for the next game, and just go out there and be positive. Watson was positive from ball one, and T20 cricket is just about that."

Shardul: "It takes years to get the slower-ball right, and when I got the rhythm, I just wanted to stay level-headed. The secret is we have played three high-scoring games. Those games were nail-biting, and so we were calm and composed tonight. I've practiced hard, and felt good to execute those plans in the middle."

Ranjithkuzi: "CSK moves to the top of the table with this wonderful game.. "

Bhalaji: "Karn kept bhajji out of MI last season and has replaced him this match....will the trend continue?"

Pratik Bhatia: "I think RR were beaten in all 3 departments....and they missed the trick with the opening pair, Stokes or Tripathi would have been a better bet than Klassen. But nothing can be taken away from Watson! It was his day today! Probably this knock will make him a different player and CSK a different team!"

Karn to Laughlin, OUT

it's all over! Karn finishes with two wickets to his name. Good length outside off, and once again zipping straight through. The No. 11 tries to cut, but all he can get is a feather edge. Comfortably done by thala Dhoni as Chennai Super Kings win by 64 runs!

Ben Laughlin c †Dhoni b Sharma 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Karn to Unadkat, OUT

crashes into middle stump! Tossed up on middle, and this is the topspin from Karn. Unadkat misses the slog, and the ball sneaks under his bat. Nine down now

Jaydev Unadkat b Sharma 16 (10b 3x4 0x6) SR: 160
Karn to Unadkat, FOUR runs

swatted away to the mid-wicket boundary! Half-tracker on middle, and that's been pulled to the leg-side boundary

end of over 186 runs
RR: 136/8CRR: 7.55 RRR: 34.50
Shreyas Gopal8 (10)
Jaydev Unadkat12 (8)
Ravindra Jadeja 1-0-6-0
Karn Sharma 1-0-9-0

Shameel Raja: "When most of the players in csk can bowl and bat, why do we call selective players as Allrounders?" -- Got to ask yourself whether the player can make the team on just one of those skills. Not all these players fit the bill

Jadeja to Gopal, no run

overpitched on off stump, and all the batsman can do is squeeze it away towards cover point

Jadeja to Gopal, 2 runs

full on middle, and Gopal tries to whip this over cow corner. The bat turns in his hand, so the shot goes towards deep backward square instead

Soham Basak: "This may sound needlessly critical, but Watto really didn't need to bowl tonight. After his innings, he could have been rested. As Dhoni himself said, workload management is important for this team considering the average age."

Jadeja to Unadkat, 1 run

full on off, and angling into the right-hander. He backs away and carves it towards cover for a run

Jadeja to Gopal, 1 run

on off stump, and that's been comfortably flicked off the front foot to the gap on the leg side

Jadeja to Unadkat, 1 run

good length just outside off, and Unadkat's cut comes off the bat's bottom. Trickles away towards short third man

Jadeja to Gopal, 1 run

full on off, and drilled down the ground to long off. No spin first ball

And now Jadeja, for the first time tonight

end of over 179 runs
RR: 130/8CRR: 7.64 RRR: 25.00
Jaydev Unadkat10 (6)
Shreyas Gopal4 (6)
Karn Sharma 1-0-9-0
Shardul Thakur 3-0-18-2

Pratik Bhatia: "I think last 4 over should be bowled by Karn and Jadeja! It will be a good practice for them."

Karn to Unadkat, FOUR runs

inside out over cover! Slightly extra air given this time, and the ball is lifted over the infield with disdain. Get Unadkat up the order!

Karn to Gopal, 1 run

half-tracker on off stump, and once again heaved towards the leg side off the back foot. Billings is positioned there at cow corner

Four singles off four balls

Karn to Unadkat, 1 run

good length on middle, and he swivels to whip it towards square leg

Karn to Gopal, 1 run

full on off stump, and Gopal comes walking down the wicket to tap it towards midwicket

Karn to Unadkat, 1 run

good length outside off, and sharp legspin. Tries to slog-sweep, but top-edges it towards the leg side. Falls short of deep midwicket

Karn to Gopal, 1 run

good length on off, and that's been pulled along the ground to deep midwicket

Karn Sharma, legspin, finally introduced

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