Chris Gayle* 49(27); | Lokesh Rahul 46(23);
Piyush Chawla* 1.2-0-18-0; | Sunil Narine 2-0-8-0
Shreyas Gopal 8(10); |
Karn Sharma* 1.3-0-13-2; | Ravindra Jadeja 1-0-6-0
CHN have climbed to the top of the table after this massive 64-run win. That's it from our coverage of this game. I've been Sagar Chawla, and on behalf of Nikhil Jadhav, Akshay Maanay, Abhinand Raghavendran, Pradeep Krishnamurthy and our scorer Shashikant Singh, it's a goodbye!
Watson, MoM: There's no doubt I had extra motivation tonight (against his former team). Nice to put in the performance that I did tonight. Grateful for the opportunity I've had for CHN. Glad to repay them tonight. Not sure, just one of those things that happened in the first couple of overs (about the dropped catches). Don't mean to drop them, but that's the way it goes. It went my way tonight, got to make the most of it. When you feel like you're not learning, it's time to stop. I'm still working on certain aspects of the game. MS and Fleming know how to set up a really good team dynamic. Fortunate to be a part of CHN and to contribute to the win tonight. Chris (Gayle) is the greatest T20 batsman in the world. To be able to score so many T20 hundreds. That's the reason he's called the Universe Boss. He keeps bossing attacks around the world.
(2/2): As far as the wicket is concerned, I'm not sure that it was coming on nicely, especially when the ball got old. There was spongy bounce. Back of length was hard to hit. Batsmen did the job, they put on more than what was required on the board. Made the bowlers' life easy. Spinners had to vary their line and lengths along with the pace. It's a league stage, it's not like the quarters or semis, where if you lose you're out, so there's not that much pressure. For CHN whenever we played in Chennai, we used to bat first a lot of times in Chennai. Dew is a factor here. Today also there was a bit of dew later on. I saw the fielders wiping the ball and everything. Slowly what has happened is that people are getting comfortable either way. If wicket is good, not many teams will mind batting first or second.
Dhoni, CHN captain (1/2): Big game for us, we lost the last one. It's like an unknown territory for us. CHN is used to being slightly behind, before getting into the groove. This year has been different. Everyone has contributed. Have to keep the fitness levels up, most of us are over 30. It's a long-ish tournament, have to be fit. Experience really counts. No point getting injured when you're trying to stop a single or a double. The kind of players we've got, they'll always make that up. We've got a few good fielders who are very good. They are doing most of the work when it comes to the boundary fielding. Just want to keep the players fit. Change of venue - to be frank - CHN wasn't there for couple of years. I played for Pune at that point of time. The fans over here, they supported the team and stood by me. It's time to return the favour. They have the choice whether to support CHN or the other team. By the end of the seventh game, we'll see a lot more yellow in the crowd. It's Chennai, not Pune Chennai.
Shardul Thakur: It takes years to practice and get into rhythm, but once it happens, I want to stay in rhythm and execute better. We were involved in some high-scoring games and had some nail biting finishes in the tournament so far, so we knew what was coming. I think I executed my skills well and am hoping for more of the same in the upcoming matches.
Rahane, RAJ captain: Credit goes to CHN the way they played, especially Watson at the top of the order. Unfortunately, we dropped that catch. But, the way he played was incredible. If you field well and take the catches, it'll help. Our players are working hard on fielding. We need to work hard and move forward. We bowled slightly on the poor side. They bowled straighter lines and lengths. It was difficult to hit. CHN were too good tonight. It's important to believe in our ability. We just need to go out there, try to improve and be positive. His (Watson) intent was completely different. He was positive from ball one.
23:34 Local Time, 18:04 GMT, 23:34 IST: Discernable chants of "CHN CHN" from the yellow army, many of whom have travelled here from Chennai in the Whistle Podu Express. And their team put on a show for them - led by Watson's brilliant hundred. Such was his belligerence at the start, that despite a jaded finish, 200 on the board was a given. Their bowlers had enough cushion to work with and they did the job that was asked of them. The Rajasthan clearly struggling in that bowling department. Especially in the powerplay, it looks like Rahane doesn't know where to go. Shreyas Gopal has been doing an outstanding job for them, but on pitches where the ball is not stopping and gripping, their pacers - who are well suited for bowling cutters - are disappearing. Jofra Archer couldn't be more missed right now.
Biggest defeats for RAJ in T20 League (by runs):75 vs BLR, Cape Town, 200971 vs BLR, Pune, 201567 vs DEL, Delhi, 201064 vs CHN, Pune, 2018*
Karn Sharma to Laughlin, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Ben Laughlin, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Karn Sharma to Unadkat, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Ravindra Jadeja, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Karn Sharma, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Jaydev Unadkat, right handed bat, comes to the crease
SN Thakur to Binny, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!
Shardul Thakur [2.0-0-12-1] is back into the attack
Shreyas Gopal, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Watson to Gowtham, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Shane Watson [2.0-0-11-0] is back into the attack
Krishnappa Gowtham, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Tahir to Stokes, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Time-out! Turning out to be a one-sided affair here, and Stokes already looks like he's playing for NRAJ.
Stuart Binny, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Dwayne Bravo to R Tripathi, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Rahul Tripathi, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Dwayne Bravo to Buttler, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Dwayne Bravo, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
So far, so good, says Eric Simons. Happy with the way we have bowled so far. At the halfway stage, we thought we could have got a lot more, but it happens in this sport. The bowlers have been good and made them play according to our plans.
Time-out! After losing three quick wickets, the English duo are in the process of steadying the ship. The asking rate has gone over 12. These two are the key for RAJ. Remember, Bravo is yet to bowl.
Shane Watson [1.0-0-1-0] is back into the attack
Imran Tahir, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Fourth over on the trot for Chahar
Shane Watson, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
The hero with the bat. He is up against Stokes. This should be fun!
Jos Buttler, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Chahar to Rahane, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Ben Stokes, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Chahar to Samson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
False start for Chahar. Probably some issues near the landing area.
Sanju Samson, right handed bat, comes to the crease
SN Thakur to Klaasen, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Shardul Thakur, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
RAJ have successfully chased 200+ only once in T20 League - a target of 215 vs HYD in Hyderabad in 2008 (T20 League's highest chase).
Rahane and Klaasen are at the crease. Rahane is on strike. Chahar will open the attack
Oh, there's a false start from Chahar. Has to reload.