Chennai Super Kings cruised to a comprehensive 64-run victory over Rajasthan Royals at their new home in Pune and jumped to the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 standings on Friday.
The third victory in four games helped CSK leapfrogged Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab in the table – all have equal six points – with better net run-rates. Royals remained at fifth with four points from five games.
CSK posted 204/5 after put in to bat as Shane Watson (106) scored his third IPL hundred against his old team. And the bowlers clicked in unison to bowl out Royals for 140 in 18.3 overs.
Six bowlers were among the wickets for CSK, with Dwayne Bravo (2/16), Karn Sharma (2/13), Shardul Thakur (2/18) and Deepak Chahar (2/30) sharing eight wickets while Watson and Imran Tahir chipped in with a wicket each.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to CSK’s win over RR:
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 20, 2018
What a resounding win for @ChennaiIPL . Watson century, Raina scoring runs, all bowlers chipping in , adapting very quickly to the new home, Pune. But the #WhistlePodu express train idea and the support of the fans for me was the standout. The most amazing fans #CSKvsRR
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 20, 2018
— Pragyan Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 20, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 20, 2018
What an inns from watto.Legends always remain https://t.co/RR0yoP4VEi thankful 4 d fans coming all the way from chennai supporting us.Really humbled by ur love n support.@ChennaiIPL nenaicha allikittu varathukku mannu nu nenaichiya malai da annamalai #eduda vandiya poduda whistle
— Imran Tahir (@ImranTahirSA) April 20, 2018
A new wind is blowing in week 2. Bat first, put up a good score and suck the life out of the run-chase…….
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 20, 2018
— Sam Billings (@sambillings) April 20, 2018
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) April 20, 2018
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) April 20, 2018
— David Willey (@david_willey) April 20, 2018
— Matthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) April 20, 2018
— Damien Martyn (@damienmartyn) April 20, 2018
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) April 21, 2018
— Rohith D (@rohithd5321) April 20, 2018
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 20, 2018
— Whistle Podu Army ® – CSK Fan Club (@CSKFansOfficial) April 20, 2018