Chennai Super Kings lost their last match and they are looking to win against Rajasthan Royals at their new home ground. The Men In Yellow returned to the IPL after a two-year ban and fans hoped they will finally get to see their favourite team play in Chennai.
Watson mixed class with brutality to score his third IPL century - a 57-ball 106, studded with nine fours and six sixes. Such are the sights that IPL provides. But more than Rajasthan Royals, it is CSK who would need to get a win here. The way he kept depositing left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat and offspinner K Gowtham to the stands showed the huge control he had over the proceedings.
It could have been very different had Rahul Tripathi not let an outside edge from Watson squirm through his grasp at first slip in the opening over of the match. He hit nine fours and six sixes and almost batted through the innings, getting out off the penultimate ball to Ben Laughlin.
In the process, the pair crossed the 50-run mark in 22 deliveries - Chennai's fastest ever - before Ben Laughlin (2 for 38) got rid of Rayudu in the fifth over for 12. RR's spinners K Gowtham and Shreyas Gopal are in good form, they have managed to knock down key players like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum, Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa, between them. The 25-year old picked his third when he dismissed Sam Billings who continued his disappointing run for CSK.
The hosts plundered 69 runs in the powerplay with Suresh Raina (46) finishing the innings' sixth over with four consecutive fours off Ben Stokes. All expenses (train tickets, accommodation, food and local transportation in Pune) have reportedly been taken care of by Chennai Super Kings.
Watson and Raina shared an 81-run second-wicket stand off 44 balls against wayward seam bowling by Binny, Ben Stokes and Jaydev Unadkat.
Stokes made a scrappy top score of 45 off 37 balls but Rajasthan's multimillion dollar signing perished in the 14th over while going for a slog sweep off Imran Tahir's legspin.
With 185 runs from four games, Sanju Samson has been the most impressive batsman for Rajasthan while skipper Rahane has amassed 130 runs.
Shardul Thakur took 2 for 18 in three overs as Shane Watson was given the "Man of the Match" award for his all-round performance of a century and a wicket in the three overs he bowled.