It was a night to remember for the yellow brigade that had travelled all the way from Chennai to Pune's MCA Stadium on Friday afternoon to witness their team notch up an emphatic 64-run victory over Rajasthan Royals at their new home ground. It got so bad for Dhoni during CSK's previous match against Kings XI Punjab that he had to get medical treatment for his back on the field during the game. When Ajinkya Rahane was bowled after charging down the pitch and missing Deepak Chahar's knuckle ball, Royals were 33 for 3 in the fifth over. With run-rate hovering close to 11, Dhoni (5) and Sam Billings (3) stepped out to keep the scoreboard racing but were caught near the boundary in search of quick runs.
CSK got off to a decent start as openers Watson and Ambati Rayudu (12) shared a 50-run partnership for the opening wicket in 4.2 overs.
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The hosts plundered 69 runs in the powerplay with Suresh Raina (46) finishing the innings' sixth over with four consecutive fours off Ben Stokes. The toss will happen at 7:30 pm IST, 30 minutes right before the match actually kicks off.
When Shane Watson received the Man of the match award after smacking a 106-run knock, studded with 9 fours and 6 sixes, the all-rounder was all praise for the team management. Spinners K Gowtham and Shreyas Gopal have also been used well by their skipper. He was finally dismissed by Laughlin off the penultimate delivery of the innings.
Although CSK and RR both have had some extraordinary moments in the matches they have played, it would be safe to say that they still are quite a distance away from their best cricket. His highest score in four matches is 27 runs, while he has still managed to get one wicket in his bowling spell.
Chasing a massive total, Heinrich Klaasen, making his IPL debut, was given an early chance when Watson dropped a sitter at first slip. Indecisive footwork cost him big as Shardul Thakur's length ball skidded through to beat his feeble push and crash into middle stump. He took out captain Ajinkya Rahane (16) and Sanju Samson (2). Then, Tripathi came out slogging, and holed out to deep midwicket.
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