Chennai Super Kings (CSK) fans were livid after their home venue for the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 had to be changed from MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai to Maharashtra Cricket Association Ground, Pune as an outcome of the Cauvery controversy.
This was the first match for CSK being played in Pune after their home matches were shifted out of Chennai. He was dropped in the first over as Rahul Tripathi dropped a sitter at first slip, something the Royals were made to pay for.
CSK bounced back from its defeat to KXIP in the previous match and beat Rajasthan Royals by 64 runs.
In their last match against Kings XI Punjab, Ambati Rayudu (49) and Dhoni (79) nearly handed Chennai a hat-trick of wins but they fell short by four runs.
Suresh Raina had just been dismissed and Dhoni was walking in to take his place.
Buttler and Stokes did get together, to put up 45-runs for the fourth wicket to spark some sort of a contest but then Bravo got Buttler off a slower ball to extinguish all hopes.
But Royals didn't have an answer to their former player, who was particularly brutal and was clearing boundaries at will. "Incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to play for CSK, so happy to repay the faith". Unfortunately, we dropped that catch.
CSK, which is known to be one of the better bowling sides in the tournament, followed up Watson's batting performance with a professional display on the field.
1,000-odd cricket-crazy fans of CSK, all clad in CSK jerseys, left for Pune by a special "CSK Train" which left Chennai Central on Thursday to watch yesterday's CSK Vs Rajasthan Royals match.
Chasing 205, Rajasthan crumbled under the mountain of runs as their innings folded at 140 from 18.3 overs. Shardul Thakur removed Heinrich Klaasen (2) in the second over and after that Deepak Chahar took over. Rajasthan Royal are now placed on fifth in the point-table.