IPL 2018, CSK vs RR, Match 17: Watson's Century CSK Beat RR By 64 Runs

IPL 2018, CSK vs RR, Match 17: Thanks to Shane Watson's 3rd IPL hundred, Royals win high and dry

 IPL 2018, CSK vs RR, Match 17, LIVE: Thanks to Shane Watson’s 3rd IPL hundred, Royals win by 64 runs. Earlier, MS Dhoni lost the toss against Rajasthan Royals and was asked to bat first. The two teams were clashing after two years at CSK’s new home ground at Maharashtra Cricket Association in Pune in Match 17 of IPL 2018 season. Both the teams, CSK and RR, were coming off a loss and hence were be looking to regain momentum, as IPL 2018 rolls on to the mid-stages. Both the teams have a new-look, be it the Royals captain or Shane Watson. Watson last played for the Royals in 2015 and now he has switched camps, hence a lot of eyeballs will be on him. Catch All The Live Updates Of CSK vs RR Match Here: 

23:45 IST: CSK win, It is Whistle Podu in Pune.

23:30 IST: Did you see what Thakur did? Is Thakur a distant relative of Narine, just a thought! Thakur akes a superman-like catch as Royals sink even lower. This guy seems to be ticking the right boxes since the Nidahas Trophy.

23:15 IST: Seems like CSK has already got used to the conditions at Pune. MS Dhoni must be saying Virat Kohli, Bhai dekha kaise paisa vasool hua, tumlog galat cheezo pe lagaoge to kahaan se hoga? Point, well made!

22:55 IST: Tripathi should go to Tirupathi, take blessings and return next year. Meanwhile, apna jodi no 1 Buttlokes has broken. Buttler is out. He has probably got out in order to go and cook dinner for Stokes. Sorry for the PJ!!!

22:45 IST: Buttler is in, he is again someone who could get trolled if he does not perform. Royals need sixes and fours and the two batsmen in the middle, the Englishmen can do it. But they will have to play out of their skins to achieve that.

BUTTLER-STOKES have a new name ‘BUST’ and Buttlokes… samjhe babu???

22:35 IST: After Rahane fell to the knuckle-ball, MSD must be saying why do we even need a carrom ball when we have a knuckle ball and we say that is fair enough. Royals lose 3 wickets inside the Powerplay, how will they progress in the tournament. Meanwhile, their boss Shane Warne is more inclined in off-field activities. Lalit Modi kahin durr se bolega, ‘hey bhagwan, kya hoga’!

Meanwhile, Vijay Mallya would be writing an apology letter feel fans…

Trolls are still crushing on Binny…

22:25 IST: CSK has a stronghold in the match and in all likelihood go on to win it. Samson went for the short ball only to give a catch and get out. But, Rahane will not fume at him in the dressing room, he is not Virat Kohli. CSK haters currently would be like…

22:15 IST: Chase is underway. Rahane, jiska bas ka baat nahin hai 205 is trying his level best. Lekin, Royals need a royal carnage from the Ben Stokes. In fact, there was an appeal, MSD went upstairs, but Rahane survived. MSD, how could you get it wrong?

Meanwhile, meet the Watsons…

21:30 IST: As Watson nears a memorable IPL hundred. RCB fan jokes are making the rounds. They are taking bechara Virat Kohli’s class. Bhai Virat team select nahi kiya, blame Vettori if you have to.

21:15 IST: Even the commentators are talking about the fantasy league. One thing for certain, folks who have bought Watson must be celebrating. But guys who bought Binny must be kicking themselves. Commentators in hindi say, Watson toh aaj Waat laga raha hai.

21:05 IST: As Dhoni settles in the middle, have you seen this sattire, it is winning the internet. CSK look good to post a target in excess of 200 for RR. Kya RR mein kabiliyat hai to achieve it? Waise our dear Modi follows sports, kyunki jab kabhi hum jeet te hain, Modi hamesha tweet karta hai. MS Dhoni OUT, did I see Sakshi Dhoni smiling and clapping once her hubby got out?

21:05 IST: Raina finally dismissed and it seemed somebody hit a SIX at Pune, as MS Dhoni walks to the centre. They are chanting, MS, MS!!! What fervour…

20:50 IST: Raina is on song. Raina be like… Bhai jabbi bhi run banata hu, koi nahi dekhta. BCCI ka koi hai, MSD bhai? Meanwhile, Virat on Watson would be like…

20:40 IST: For Stokes, it has been like…

2017: Most Valuable Player

2018: Most Invaluable player

20:34 IST: It seems RCB’s loss is CSK’s gain. First Gayle, then KL Rahul and now Shane Watson. CSK are in the driver’s seat thanks to Watson. Meanwhile, Raina has hit 4 consecutive fours. It’s RAINING BOUNDARIES!

20:25 IST: Meanwhile, CSK loses their first wicket in the form of Ambati Rayadu. Yaar, Rayadu wagera se nahi ho payega, he is past his prime. In comes Raina, will it be Raining Sixes at Pune? Aakash Chopra says, ‘Laughlin ne lock laga diya’. He is well-renowned for his vernacular jokes. Now Raina hits a boundary and Mr Chopra says, ” Ab mara Raina, Iska kya kehna’. LOL!

20:15 IST: Watson is in a different zone altogether. Yeh kya hogaya! What a start, even Rayadu is going great guns, it seems to be contagious thingy. CSK apne naya ghar me already chaap chod raha hai.

Pune has already been painted yellow. Just CSK things…

Meanwhile, RCB is like…

20:00 IST: One question, why Stuart Binny? It seems like the team manager was looking for a match ka mujrim’ and he seems to be a candidate who has tasted it in the past. Also, CSK has such a fan base that it seems wherever they go the fans will follow. In fact, lagta hai ki chaand mein bhi IPL hota to ‘whistle podu’ gang pahuch jayega.

National Bhabhi:

Some CSK trolls:

19:36 IST: Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to field.

Two changes: Klaasen and Binny are in, D’Arcy and Dhawal out.

Two changes: Karn Sharma and Suresh Raina are in.

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There will be question marks over MS Dhoni’s availability in tonight’s match, considering he played through back pain in their last fixture against Kings XI Punjab. There has been a big build-up for this match from the CSK point of view. As it is their new home, a special train named ‘Whistle Podu Express’ is plying from Chennai to Pune carrying CSK fans. It is an initiative that has gained popularity. Hence, we can expect a jam-packed stadium for the encounter, which would be thrilling from the fans point of view.

The highly-talked about train!

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The likely XIs

Chennai Super Kings: 1 Shane Watson, 2 Ambati Rayudu, 3 M Vijay/Suresh Raina, 4 Sam Billings (wk), 5 MS Dhoni/Dhruv Shorey, 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Dwayne Bravo, 8 Deepak Chahar, 9 Harbhajan Singh, 10 Shardul Thakur, 11 Imran Tahir

Rajasthan Royals: 1 Ajinkya Rahane (capt), 2 D’Arcy Short/Heinrich Klassen, 3 Sanju Samson, 4 Rahul Tripathi, 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 K Gowtham, 8 Shreyas Gopal, 9 Dhawal Kulkarni, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Ben Laughlin/Joffra Archer