But on Friday evening, it was Shane Watson who starred with the bat, scoring a ton before bowlers completed the job as Chennai Super Kings registered a clinical 64-run victory over the Rajasthan Royals in Pune - the new home of CSK - on Friday.
CSK, forced out of Chennai due to the Cauvery dispute, were shepherded by the 36-year-old Australian, who hammered 106 from 57 balls to lead his side to a challenging 204 for five after being invited to bat.
CSK racked up a mammoth total of 204/5 in their 20 overs, thanks to Watson's century, which was the second of this season's IPL.
Rajasthan Royals stumbled in their chase as they lost three wickets in quick succession, hampering any chance of mounting a counter-attack to win.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan. He was dropped in the first over as Rahul Tripathi dropped a sitter at first slip, which proved to be costly.More news: Chief Justice impeachment: Political slugfest over Dipak Misra ouster
Contrary to Royals, CSK bowlers had a cushion of a big score and bowled with discipline and did the basics right.
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. Unfortunately, we dropped that catch.
Shreyas Gopal was the lone star for the Royals with the ball.
In response, the Rajasthan Royals bundled up for just 140 runs in 18.3 overs. Ben Laughlin picked up the other two wickets to fall in the CSK innings. Ben Stokes and Jos Butler were the only players to cross 20.
Rajasthan lost to Chennai by 64 runsand now have 4 points from 5 games in IPL 2018.