Shane Warne apologises to Rajasthan Royals fans after 'terrible display'

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The catalyst of this win was Shane Watson, who scored a brilliant hundred and then came back after playing nearly 20 overs to pick a wicket in his 3 overs while giving just 13 runs.

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. "Thala" as Dhoni is lovingly called by Chennai Super Kings fans is respected and revered by cricket fans all over India and they never let go a chance to display thier love. He was dropped in the first over as Rahul Tripathi dropped a sitter at first slip, something the Royals were made to pay for.

Warne also praised his countryman Watson for his century. They however, gained momentum and registered two back-to-back wins against Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Batting first, Chennai Super Kings openers Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson put up 50 runs for the first wicket, with Watson being particularly aggressive.

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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.

Contrary to Royals, CSK bowlers had a cushion of a big score and bowled with discipline and did the basics right. The pair put on 44 in 28 balls to take CSK over the 200 run mark.

But Royals didn't have an answer to their former player, who was particularly brutal and was clearing boundaries at will. On the dropped catch, he said, "I'm not sure". But, the way he played was incredible.

Royals did manage to fight back as leg spinner Shreyas Gopal got Raina, M.S. Dhoni and Sam Billings in quick succession. With Jos Buttler failing to fire so far and Ben Laughlin struggling for form in the last two matches, the RR management will have to dig deep into their squad find the right balance.

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