CSK team management arranges special CSK train to Pune

CSK team management arranges special CSK train to Pune

CSK team management arranges special CSK train to Pune

The forced change in venue is turning out to be a blessing for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who stand to gain over Rs 1.5 crore from the sale of tickets in the Pune stadium for every home game.

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.

After the water crisis in Tamil Nadu, all the Chennai Super Kings home matches would be played at the MCA stadium in Pune. CSK were shepherded by the 36-year-old Australian, who hammered 106 from 57 balls, making full use of a dropped chance in the very first over on a flat track. The pair put on 81 runs in just 44 balls.

Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan.

Contrary to Royals, CSK bowlers had a cushion of a big score and bowled with discipline and did the basics right.

But Royals didn't have an answer to their former player, who was particularly brutal and was clearing boundaries at will. But, the way he played was incredible. Unfortunately, we dropped that catch.

Gopal picked up three wickets for Rajasthan. With Jos Buttler failing to fire so far and Ben Laughlin struggling for form in the last two matches, the RR management will have to dig deep into their squad find the right balance.

Chasing 205, Rajasthan crumbled under the mountain of runs as their innings folded at 140 from 18.3 overs. After winning the toss, the Rajasthan Royals elected to field first, but were not good enough in front of a masterclass from Watson. In came Raina and the left-hander creamed off four boundaries off Ben Stokes' over.

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