CSK bowled the Royals out for just 140 to complete a clinical win that establishes them as early contenders for a playoff spot.
Rajasthan Royals hard slow start and lost its 2 wickets in four overs leaving fans hopeless. "They bowled straighter, and those lines and lengths were hard to hit". He was dropped by Rahul Tripathi in the very first over of the game when he edged Stuart Binny to the first slip.
Earlier, RR won the toss and made a decision to have a field at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Chennai's new home for the rest of the season following the Cauvery controversy.
The 36-year-old went all guns blazing against the franchise he spent over a decade with during the first few years of the IPL.
The powerful Aussie made full use of his broad shoulders as he continued to muscle the ball over the boundary ropes with remarkable ease. The Australian hit spinner Gowtham for at three sixes, while left-arm medium pacer Jaydev Unadkat also got hit for two sixes by the retired global. Coincidentally Watson's 3rd IPL century came after Chris Gayle's 6th ton on Thursday.
The Aussie's unending assault on the Royals' bowlers meant that Chennai were always cruising above 10 runs an over during his long stay.
The clash between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals was even more exciting as one of the most successful players in the IPL history, Suresh Raina returned to the CSK squad. Watson and Suresh Raina (46 off 29 balls) added 81 for the second to lay the foundations for a big score. He was the standout bowler, picking 3/20 in his 4 overs. Gopal did a great job for his side as he stopped run flow by dismissing CSK captain MS Dhoni (5) and Sam Billings (3) in his successive overs. However, he did not make use of the lifeline: he was bowled by Shardul Thakur in the next over to a ball that kept low.
Rajasthan Royals have now lost their third game of the season and look off-track at the moment. So far skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson have done most of the work in the batting department.
Bowling his four overs on the trot, the 25-year-old pacer finished with figures of 2-30 and by the time he was done, the Royals had been left with a enormous mountain to climb.