IPL 2018: Centurion Shane Watson Shines As Chennai Super Kings Defeat Rajasthan Royals

| April 21 , 2018 , 12:29 IST

Australian opener Shane Watson showed his masterclass as he scored his third IPL century to power Chennai Super Kings to a win against Rajasthan Royals by 64 runs on Friday in Pune.

CSK, forced out of Chennai due to the Cauvery dispute, were shepherded by the 36-year-old Australian, who hammered 106 from 57 balls to lead his side to a challenging 204 for five after being invited to bat.

Making full use of a dropped chance in the very first over on a flat track, Watson swung his arms when the ball was pitched outside off and positioned himself nicely against short and straight deliveries to find boundary after boundary. He struck nine fours and six sixes.

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Rajasthan Royals stumbled in their chase as they lost three wickets in quick succession, hampering any chance of mounting a counter-attack to win.

 Ben Stokes (45) and Jos Buttler (22) added 45 runs for the fourth wicket but the partnership broke when the latter was dismissed by Dwayne Bravo. Left-handed Stokes, who can turn the match on its head, was also dismissed soon and writing was clear on the wall.

This win propels CSK to the top of the IPL table after four games.