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IPL 2013: Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by five wickets Last Updated : 23 Apr 2013 12:02:06 AM IST Chennai Super Kings players celebrating the wicket of Rajasthan Royals' Rahul Dravid during IPL match at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Monday.
Earlier, Host Chennai Super Kings posted 185/4 against Rajasthan Royals.
Rajasthan Royals win the toss and elected to bat first against host Chennai Super Kings during their Pepsi Indian Premiere League (IPL) 30th match, at MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on Monday evening.
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Shane Watson scored the first century of Pepsi Indian Premier League session 6th to single-handedly power Rajasthan Royals to an imposing 185 for four against mighty Chennai Super Kings.
Watson entertained the crowd at the M A Chidambaram stadium with some brilliant strokeplay before finishing at 101 off just 61 deliveries. He decorated his innings with six fours and as many fours.
Towards the end, Stuart Binny played a 22-ball unbeaten 36-run cameo to further help Rajasthan's cause.
Except for Ravichandran Ashwin (2/20), all Chennai bowlers bled runs as Watson went hammer-and-tonks from the word go. Apart from Ashwin, Dwayne Bravo (2/36) also picked up two wickets for the hosts.
Riding on Watson's brilliant strokeplay, the Royals got off to a rollicking start after opting to bat.
Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by five wickets:
Watson and Ajinkya Rahane (16), who played the second fiddle, shared 71 runs off 44 balls for the opening stand.
Watson went ballistic from the onset and slaughtered the Chennai bowlers, except for Ashwin, with consummate ease.
Watson did not let go any scoring chance as he punished anything that was bowled full or short to him.
He smacked Mohit Sharma for a six and a four to pick up 14 runs off the third over. Watson meted out the same treatment to Chris Morris and Ravindra Jadeja to score identical 16 runs of the fifth and seventh over.
Ashwin brought Chennai back into the game with two quick wickets to put a brake on Rajasthan's scoring.
On a high after back-to-back triumphs, former champions Chennai Super Kings would look to maintain their winning streak when they take on Rajasthan Royals in a Pepsi IPL match.
The home team has clicked collectively in its wins with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja proving to be a crucial cog in its scheme of things.
Another all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and new recruits Chris Morris and Mohit Sharma have also done their bit to bolster the team but batting would be a concern for them given the struggle they endured while chasing a small total against Kolkata Knight Riders yesterday.
It was Jadeja's blitzkrieg which powered the visitors to a four-wicket win after they found themselves in a tight corner when they were reduced to 89 for six in the 17th over.
Apart from Jadeja, the in-form Mike Hussey (40 off 51) played a sensible innings at the top to keep CSK in the hunt even thought wickets kept falling at the other end.
Hussey had earlier made a stellar 65 not out from 50 balls that was instrumental in handing CSK an 86-run win against Delhi Daredevils.
But the poor forms of Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina are a massive concern for the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side.
CSK had a surprise hero in young Mohit Sharma when the Haryana quickie, in his second IPL match, splintered through the famed Daredevils top-order including the wickets of David Warner and Virender Sehwag, returning with figures of 3/10.
Sharma will have the guidance of Albie Morkel in the pace department while the duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja would look after the spin department.
Rajasthan Royals, meanwhile, also have some batting worries to deal with after their loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore last night.
"We still haven't played our best cricket and hopefully we can do that," admitted Dravid last night.
The Royals, who won the title in the inaugural season, have not depended too much on one individual, theirs have been a collective effort to script victories.
Currently fourth in the points table, Royals would have to improve their away record, which is not too impressive.
Even though they flopped against RCB last night, Ajinkya Rahane, Dravid along with S Sreesanth and Sidharth Trivedi have been quite consistent in the tournament so far.
Given that they are quite evenly matched on paper, an interesting battle is on the cards between the two former champions.
Rajasthan Royals: 185 for four in 20 overs (Shane Watson 101, Stuart Binny 36 not out; Ravichandran Ashwin 2/20).
Chennai Super Kings: 186 for five in 19.5 overs (Mike Hussey 88, Suresh Raina 51; James Faulkner 3/20).
The Teams (From):
Chennai Super Kings team: M Vijay, MEK Hussey, SK Raina, S Badrinath, MS Dhoni*†, RA Jadeja, DJ Bravo, CH Morris, R Ashwin, JO Holder, MM Sharma.
Rajasthan Royals team: SR Watson, AM Rahane, R Dravid*, STR Binny, BJ Hodge, DH Yagnik†, JP Faulkner, K Cooper, R Shukla, A Chandila, SK Trivedi.Source: IANS, Other Agencies, Staff Reporters
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