IPL 2018: Warm Pune to host CSK vs RR clash

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A similar incident unfolded on Friday when a man breached security to invade the field of play and touch Dhoni's feet when he was walking in to bat in Chennai's match against Rajasthan in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

The last time Shane Watson had an T20 century to his name (three seasons ago against Kolkata), the Rajasthan dug out and fans were absolutely delighted. Such are the sights that IPL provides.

For Rajasthan, Shreyas was the pick of the bowlers, with figures of 3/20, while Australian Laughlin bagged a couple of wickets conceding 38 runs.

The all-rounder punished the Royals emphatically, bringing up his fifty with a sweet six over long on after 28 deliveries and going on to complete a match-winning knock. In the second One-day global match between India and Sri Lanka in December past year, a fan had done the same thing.

Medium pacer Ben Laughlin drew the first blood for Rajasthan as he sent back Rayudu in the fifth over. Watson smashed a 57-ball 106.

After Dhoni and Billings' brief stay at the crease during when they managed 5 and 3 respectively, it was Bravo who joined the party with Watson as the duo added 41 runs in 4.4 overs. With run-rate hovering close to 11, Dhoni (5) and Sam Billings (3) stepped out to keep the scoreboard racing but were caught near the boundary in search of quick runs.

The hosts plundered 69 runs in the powerplay with Suresh Raina (46) finishing the innings' sixth over with four consecutive fours off Ben Stokes. While he first dropped a sitter at first slip with Watson batting on nine, the second chance was a hard one at point. During this period, Ajinkya Rahane (16), Heinrich Klasson (7) and Sanju Samson (2) were the batsmen to be dismissed.

Also among the wickets were Dwayne Bravo (2-16) and Shardul Thakur (2-18) as Rajasthan's confidence drifted away. All expenses (train tickets, accommodation, food and local transportation in Pune) have reportedly been taken care of by Chennai Super Kings.

Ben Stokes (45) and Jos Buttler (22) revived the Royals hopes when they came together but Bravo's (2/16) golden arm accounted for the latter with an off-cutter that he couldn't get past Imran Tahir at third man.

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