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Shane Watson's superlative ton puts CSK on top of the table

22 April 2018

The 2008 IPL champions were defeated by Chennai Super Kings last night by 64 runs thanks to some impressive batting display from Australian all-rounder Shane Watson.

Pune: Shane Watson starred with the bat, scoring a century, before bowlers completed the job as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) registered a clinical 64-run victory over the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Pune yesterday.

CSK, forced out of Chennai due to the Cauvery dispute, were shepherded by the 36-year-old Australian, who hammered 106 from 57 balls to lead his side to a challenging 204 for five after being invited to bat. Jos Butler scored 22 but it was never going to be enough as RR finished tamely for 140 all out in 18.3 overs.

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Buttler and Stokes did get together, to put up 45-runs for the fourth wicket to spark some sort of a contest but then Bravo got Buttler off a slower ball to extinguish all hopes. In an attempt to clear an Imran Tahir delivery he holed up an easy catch to Sam Billings.Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Dwayne Bravo took two wickets each but it was Watson who bowled a tight spell of three overs and conceded only 13 runs for one wicket. Watson after getting reprieve early in his innings played with authority and imposed his big frame on Royals' bowlers.

For Royals to have any sort of a chance, they needed a bright start but CSK bowlers ensured that there weren't any easy runs on offer.

Watson, who was playing against one of his former teams, was named man of the match.

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Shreyas Gopal was the lone star for the Royals with the ball. In came Raina and the left-hander creamed off four boundaries off Ben Stokes' over.

A day after Chris Gayle's maiden hundred in the 11 edition of the league, Shane Watson added another IPL century to the tally, courtesy, an excellent knock against the Rajasthan Royals on Friday. He not only hit powerful shots but also used his wrists nicely for some delicate boundaries.

The demigod status of CSK captain MS Dhoni is not a secret, and every time the fans get an opportunity to get close to the man they nearly worship, they don't miss it.

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Shane Watson's superlative ton puts CSK on top of the table