A professional performance from Chennai Super Kings. The catalyst of this win was Shane Watson, who scored a brilliant hundred and then came back after playing almost 20 overs to pick a wicket in his 3 overs while giving just 13 runs. Rajasthan Royals were below par both with bat and ball. As a result, an embarrassing loss.
Shane Watson had set the game with his 106, and then Thakur and Chahar jolted the top order. Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes gave them a little hope, but once Buttler was gone, it was just a matter of time.
Rajasthan Royals clearly struggled in that bowling department. Especially in the powerplay, it looks like Rahane doesn't know where to go. Shreyas Gopal has been doing an outstanding job for them, but on pitches where the ball is not stopping and gripping, their pacers are disappearing.
Chasing 205, Rajasthan Royals had a poor start as they lost three quick wickets inside the powerplay. Sanju Samson, Klaasen and Rahane gave their wickets trying to score quickly. The required run rate climbed up, and the Rajasthan Royals batsmen could not do much about it. Chennai Super Kings bowlers kept it really tight.
Earlier, batting first, Chennai Super Kings made 204-5 in their allotted 20 overs against Rajasthan Royals. Shane Watson struck a brilliant century and helped his team cross 200 marks. His catch was dropped by Rahul Tiwari in the first over, and RR paid the price. RR will now need 205 to win this match in VIVO IPL.