Chennai Super Kings’off-field troubles proved no distraction with their on-field performance. Put directly into bat for initially in the tournament, CSK batsmen and Shane Watson rose to the process with aplomb against Rajasthan Royals at the MCA Stadium here. While CSK scored a mammoth 204 for five, Watson contributed more than half of it with a well-compiled 106 off 57 balls.
In the process of hitting his third ton in the IPL, the former Australia allrounder smashed nine boundaries and six sixes and allowed his franchise to leapfrog Kolkata Knight Riders and rise to the the surface of the points-table.
In the long run, it seemed that Rajasthan could never recover from Watson’s lusty blows as they lost by 64 runs. It was their second consecutive loss, while CSK, coming on the rear of a defeat to Kings XI Punjab, started their journey at their adopted ‘home’on a welcome high.
Rajasthan though, had created chances to dismiss Watson right at the start. But on both occasions, Rahul Tripathi couldn’t latch to the opportunities. While he first dropped a sitter in the beginning slip with Watson batting on nine, the second chance was an arduous one at point. The Australian made them pay dearly as he was relentless against both pacers and spinners.