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CSK run top with Watson exceptional

A 57-ball 106 from opener Shane Watson pushed Chennai Super Kings to a pounding 64-run prevail upon Rajasthan Royals in their IPL coordinate in Pune, yesterday. It was their first match in their new embraced home after security concerns constrained their matches to be moved, and their third win in four matches took them to the highest point of the eight-group table.

The previous Australian all-rounder’s fourth T20 hundred was the brutal pillar of a mammoth 204 for five scored by Chennai. Accordingly, Rajasthan were never in the chase, collapsing for 140 of every 18.3 overs to seal their third thrashing in five matches.

Royals won the hurl and should have instantly lamented the choice to field as the primary conveyance was a no-ball from Stuart Binny, and Watson capitalized on the free hit with a limit and lined that up with another to give an early sign of the gore to take after. To exacerbate the situation, he was dropped at first slip in the same over. He got to his fifty with a six off his 28th ball off Krishnappa Gowtham in the ninth over, and lined that up with a four and another six.

Watson achieved his 100 in the eighteenth over with a solitary off his 51st conveyance. He hit nine fours and six sixes and about batted through the innings, kicking it into high gear out off the penultimate ball to Ben Laughlin. Suresh Raina bolstered him with a 29-ball 46 and Dwayne Bravo contributed with a 16-ball 24 toward the end.

For the vanquished Royals, just England’s Ben Stokes established a connection with 45 as Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma and Bravo took two wickets each for Chennai.