Rajasthan Royals were overshadowed by the Chennai Super Kings as the CSK registered their first win in their new home, Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Friday.
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson smashed his third century of the IPL as the win took the Super Kings to the top of the IPL standings.
While as Rajasthan’s third defeat in their five games have put them on the fifth spot in the table. After the loss, Rajasthan Royal’s mentor Shane Warne took to Twitter and apologized to fans for the poor performance of the team.
Apologies to all the @rajasthanroyals fans as that was a terrible display tonight in all 3 departments. The boys are trying & will come good so don’t lose hope, stay patient – we will get it right. Win the next 2 games and be 4/3 at the halfway stage – 2/5 is not ok !#IPL2018
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) April 20, 2018
Watson’s knock helped Chennai put a total of 204 for five in the first innings.
Coming down to chase Royals almost lost the match in the first five overs as the visitors lost three key batsmen in the initial overs.
Sanju Samson, Ajinkya Rahane and Heinrich Klassen failed to perform well and gave their wickets early.
Ben Stokes and Jos Butler provided tried to provide them the momentum but the partnership broke when Butler was dismissed by Dwayne Bravo.
Rajasthan Royals, who have now lost their last two matches would now be facing defending champions Mumbai Indians, who are sailing high on confidence after registering their first win of the season in the previous match.