Match Over - Chennai Super Kings won by 64 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Rajasthan Royals, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
  • Referee: J Srinath
  • When: 20 Apr 2018, 16:30 SAST
  • Winner: Chennai Super Kings
  • Man of the Match: SR Watson


  • Umpire1: KN Ananthapadmanabhan
  • Umpire2: Nitin Menon
  • Third Umpire: RJ Tucker



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0

Chennai Super Kings



Overs: 18.3 / 20.0

Rajasthan Royals

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!"

18.3KV Sharma to B Laughlin, OUT, No run, 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!.
18.2KV Sharma to JD Unadkat, OUT, No run, 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.
18.1KV Sharma to JD Unadkat, BOUNDARY, 4 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 18. 6 runs this over. 136/8 after 108 balls.
S Gopal 8 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) RA Jadeja 1-0-6-0
JD Unadkat 12 (8b 2x4 0x6 ) more

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

End of over 17. 9 runs this over. 130/8 after 102 balls.
JD Unadkat 10 (6b 2x4 0x6 ) KV Sharma 1-0-9-0
S Gopal 4 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more

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

Four singles off four balls

End of over 16. 6 runs this over. 121/8 after 96 balls.
JD Unadkat 4 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) SN Thakur 3-0-18-2
S Gopal 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Pranjal Shah: "How can you not bowl 2 of your specialists and still have opposition getting all out well below 20 ovs? Master planner at his best."

End of over 15. 2 runs this over. 115/7 after 90 balls.
S Gopal 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) SR Watson 3-0-13-1
STR Binny 9 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 10 runs this over. 113/6 after 84 balls.
STR Binny 8 (4b 1x4 0x6 ) Imran Tahir 4-0-44-1
K Gowtham 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Priyank Savla: "Isn't this the perfect opportunity for Gopal and Gowtham to present themselves as allrounders?"

Saurabh: "111. Nelson STRIKES."

End of over 13. 5 runs this over. 99/5 after 77 balls.
BA Stokes 38 (33b 3x4 0x6 ) DJ Bravo 2-0-12-2
STR Binny 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Rajasthan Royals need 102 runs off 42 balls

Muni: "How we are calculating smart economy and smart strike rate?" -- It's a lot of number crunching, but in short: by comparing it with the economy and strike-rate of the other bowlers in the same match, plus some other factors. All details here

RamChakrala: "Here's a wild idea. How will it be if espncricinfo tries one match with complete crowd commentary? Seeing the quality of comments, seems quite possible. " -- someday, Ram. I'll make sure to pass this tip to our seniors ;)

Akshay : "I think the biggest difference from Watson last season and this season is the role that he's played for his respective franchises. For RCB, he was more of a bowling all rounder, but for CSK, he's a batting all-rounder. I think the latter role suits him better"

Shashank Kishore: Bravo has a smart economy of 7.07 in the middle overs. Tripathi has often struggled in this phase of play. Desperation has forced him to play to many strokes and he's holed out.

End of over 12. 9 runs this over. 93/4 after 71 balls.
RA Tripathi 5 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) Imran Tahir 3-0-33-0
BA Stokes 34 (29b 3x4 0x6 ) more

RwhatVR: "@Sreshth - "Zaheer Khan's one of the earlier ones, in the 2011 World Cup." Strongly disagree. Actually, Zaheer only remodelled and came close to perfecting the art. One of the earliest known, and possible pioneers of the knuckle-ball was the rather unheralded (but fairly respected locally) South-African medium pacers - Chris Dawson. He two outstanding cutters/slower balls, one of which was a deceptive knuckle ball. Back in the 1980s, Simon O'Donell also had a very similar release/grip." -- always happy to learn more, boss.

End of over 11. 5 runs this over. 82/4 after 65 balls.
RA Tripathi 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) DJ Bravo 1-0-5-1
BA Stokes 27 (25b 2x4 0x6 ) more

In T20s, Stokes strikes at 6.89 per over in the Powerplay, 8.46 in the middle overs and 10.49 at the death. If that pattern holds, he could end up unbeaten with a decent score, but on the losing side in the way Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey have done ecently.

Suman: "I was living under a rock. Please enlighten me: what exactly is a knuckle ball?" -- Here you go, Suman.

End of over 10. 10 runs this over. 77/3 after 60 balls.
JC Buttler 22 (16b 1x4 1x6 ) Imran Tahir 2-0-24-0
BA Stokes 25 (23b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 9 runs this over. 66/3 after 53 balls.
JC Buttler 20 (14b 1x4 1x6 ) SR Watson 2-0-10-0
BA Stokes 16 (18b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Thanks, Varun. Quite the bowling effort from CSK so far, but these two are probably Royals' most dangerous pair.
That will be the Sreshth Shah Strategic Time Out.

Oh what do you know, Rayudu is off the field now. Good sense too...

TheLord: "Considering the amount of investment RR have made this season in T20 power-players.. Stokes, Short, Buttler, Jofra Archer.. You'd expect that even at the 3 down and England's 2 best hitters in the middle, they're in with a shout."

End of over 8. 14 runs this over. 57/3 after 48 balls.
JC Buttler 18 (12b 1x4 1x6 ) Imran Tahir 1-0-14-0
BA Stokes 10 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 7 runs this over. 42/3 after 40 balls.
BA Stokes 9 (13b 0x4 0x6 ) DL Chahar 3-0-29-2
JC Buttler 4 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more

That's his spell. He's the first bowler this season to bowl out inside the 8th over.

End of over 6. 1 runs this over. 35/3 after 36 balls.
JC Buttler 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) SR Watson 1-0-1-0
BA Stokes 7 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) more

DBS: "I see a future coaching role with specialists in 'Knuckle-Ball reader'. Has become so common in Limited overs cricket. Brilliantly executed by Chahar. Would be interesting to know who was the first exponent of it. " --- Nah. Obviously bowlers will start getting banned for a 15 degree extension of their fingers at some point now...

Karthik: "Calm down folks! There is still a chance for Tripathi to bat in the powerplay like everyone wanted! "

End of over 5. 3 runs this over. 34/3 after 30 balls.
BA Stokes 6 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) DL Chahar 3-0-22-2
JC Buttler 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Tripathi goes at over 10 an over in the Powerplay and at 11.68 at death (only 19 balls so far in the IPL) but in this IPL he seems to be forever stuck in the middle overs. Earlier RR had Short opening, and today they put a middle-order batsman there but are adamant to keep Tripathi in the middle. Will this apparently illogical move finally work?

This is not the first time that Sanju Samson is getting out to the short ball. This is a plan a few teams try against him. 22% of his dismissals have been to the pull shot in the IPL since 2014.

End of over 4. 6 runs this over. 31/2 after 24 balls.
BA Stokes 4 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) SN Thakur 2-0-12-1
AM Rahane 16 (10b 1x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 3. 5 runs this over. 25/2 after 18 balls.
SV Samson 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) DL Chahar 2-0-19-1
AM Rahane 14 (8b 1x4 1x6 ) more

Puneet: "Why on Earth would you send klaseen to open, who did well in SA's middle order and not tripathi who did so well in last season as an opener. "

Saurabh: "First over by Chahar was almost a 10 ball over! #100ballcricket"

End of over 2. 6 runs this over. 20/1 after 12 balls.
SV Samson 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) SN Thakur 1-0-6-1
AM Rahane 11 (4b 1x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 1. 4 runs this over. 4/0 after 4 balls.
AM Rahane 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) DL Chahar 0-0-4-0
H Klaasen 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Rahane (on 2476 runs) is now Rajasthan Royals' highest run scorer. Goes past Shane Watson (2475 runs)

Aravinth Subram: "I hope Rahane doesn't run out his new partner!"

AM RahaneB DL Chahar161111145.45
H KlaasenB SN Thakur7710100
SV SamsonC KV Sharma B DL Chahar230066.67
BA StokesC SW Billings B Imran Tahir453731121.62
JC ButtlerC Imran Tahir B DJ Bravo221711129.41
RA TripathiC SW Billings B DJ Bravo5500100
STR BinnyC SN Thakur B SN Thakur10810125
K GowthamC MS Dhoni B SR Watson120050
S Gopalnot out 8100080
JD UnadkatB KV Sharma161030160
B LaughlinC MS Dhoni B KV Sharma0100-
Total 140/10
DL Chahar4.003027.5
SN Thakur3.001826
SR Watson3.001314.33
Imran Tahir4.0044111
DJ Bravo2.001628
KV Sharma1.301328.67
RA Jadeja1.00606