Chennai XI vs Rajasthan XI 17th Match at Pune, 20 Apr, 2018

Toss: Rajasthan XI, who chose to bowl
Chennai XI 204/5 (20)
Rajasthan XI 140/10 (18.3)
Chennai XI won by 64 runs
Man of the Match: SR Watson
  • Shreyas Gopal 8 * (10)

Over 18.3 Karn Sharma bowls a tossed up delivery to Ben Laughlin, out Caught by Dhoni!! Laughlin makes room to drive off the back foot but it climbs on him due to the overspin imparted. Dhoni takes it.

Chennai won by 64 runs

Ajinkya Rahane: Credit goes to CSK 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. CSK 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.

MS Dhoni: Big game for us, we lost the last one. It's like an unknown territory for us. CSK is used to be slightly behind, before getting into the groove. Have to keep the fitness levels up, most of us are over 30. No point getting injured when you're trying to stop a single or double. We've got a few good fielders who are very good. They are doing most of the work. Just want to keep the players fit. Change of venue - to be frank - CSK wasn't there for couple of years. I played for Pune. The fans supported me. It's time to return the favour. It's Chennai Super Kings, not Pune Super Kings. As far as the wicket is concerned, I'm not sure that it was coming on nicely, especially when the ball got old. Back of length was hard to hit. Batsmen 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 CSK whenever we played in Chennai, we used to bat first a lot of times in Chennai. Dew is a factor here. 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.

Man of the Match: Shane Watson