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Highlights, IPL 2018, CSK Vs RR At Pune, Full Cricket Score: Chennai Super Kings Win By 64 Runs

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Highlights, IPL 2018, CSK vs RR at Pune, Full Cricket Score: Chennai Super
Kings win by 64 runs
A good 'home' start
Chennai Super Kings' 'home' campaign in Pune began with a clinical 64-run victory. After posting 204, courtesy Shane Watson's century, the bowlers closed out the challenge early, with a superb display in the Powerplay. They continued to maintain the pressure on Rajasthan Royals till the end. Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo and Karn Sharma bagged two wickets each. Rajasthan Royals failed to bat 20 overs and were bowled out for 140.
A lost battle getting stretched
Jaydev Unadkat and Shreyas Gopal are stretching a lost battle. But stretch they must. RR can't afford to lose all their wickets. Karn Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja have got a chance to bowl. Even in defeat, Net Run Rate is crucial. They need to bat out the 20 overs.
Persistence with Tahir works
Imran Tahir has been the most expensive bowler for CSK today. Yet, MS Dhoni decides to give him a fourth over while Karn Sharma is yet to bowl. The move works. Even as Ben Stokes hits him for a six, he fails to connect a slog sweep well and holes out to Sam Billings in the deep. Safe to say, RR's challenge for the day is over.
And another one falls
The pressure of going for the big shots leads to the downfall of Rahul Tripathi. Fifth wicket in the bag for CSK, second for Dwayne Bravo. The game already seems out of RR's hand. But, wait. Stokes is still around.
Bravo joins the party
Dwayne Bravo arrives, strikes, and dances. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler were looking good to shift a gear higher. But CSK have struck at the right time. The required rate is touching 13 an over now. Stokes will have to play a massive role from hereon, in case RR want to challenge the total.
Challenge for the English duo
Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, who got off to slow starts, have got going. The required rate has gone above 12 and these two will remain critical for Rajasthan Royals in the chase. There isn't much firepower left in the batting to follow.
Skipper gone
Deepak Chahar is having a good day. Ajinkya Rahane is undone by a knuckle-ball and is clean bowled. Rajasthan Royals' top order has been dismantled. Three wickets down with only 32 runs on the board.
Another fall
Sanju Samson fell for the trap. Pitched in short, Samson flicked Deepak Chahar's delivery straight to Karn Sharma at deep square leg. He is disappointed with himself, not surprisingly! Rajasthan Royals are in trouble early.
First strike
Shardul Thakur has struck in the first over. Henrich Klaasen completely looks out of position as he faces up to the pacer. Not sure what he was trying to do, but his stumps are shattered. Thakur nearly bags another when he hits Sanju Samson on the pads. There is a loud appeal but the umpire isn't impressed. MS Dhoni, meanwhile, continues to avoid the DRS.
Returning favour
Rajasthan Royals are off to a steady start. Much like in the first innings, CSK too start off with a wide. Deepak Chahar manages to square up Henrich Klaasen and induces an outside edge. But Shane Watson, who too was offered a life in the first innings, drops a catch at slips. Rahul Tripathi has some company tonight!
Surprise, surprise
It is Henrich Klaasen who has walked out to open the innings for Rajasthan Royals along with Ajinkya Rahane, and not Rahul Tripathi. That brings us to Prediction 3: How much will Rajasthan Royals score in the powerplay?
204/5
Watson was eventually dismissed off the penultimate ball of the innings. Nonetheless, his innings has helped power CSK to 204 for 5. Despite the massive total on board, CSK would be disappointed with the way they ended. They managed to score only 54 runs in the last seven overs. RR would believe the total is well chaseable and would make use of some old CSK legs on the field.
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