Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Shane Watson crafted a stellar unbeaten half-century against Kings XI Punjab to guide his side to a remarkable ten-wicket victory. Shane Watson’s innings is a sign of him returning to his best after there were calls of dropping him from the eleven following his string of low scores. The 39-year old secured the man of the match award for his 83 not out.
The spotlight was entirely on Chennai Super Kings’ batting after Kings XI Punjab piled up a competitive total of 178. The yellow army lacked the steam at the top while chasing scores of 175 and 165 against Delhi Capitals and SunRisers Hyderabad in the last two games respectively. CSK also stuck with the same team; hence, not many gave them a chance to chase 179 successfully.
Shane Watson slammed two boundaries in the first over, declaring his intention to pursue the chase aggressively. At the other end, Faf Du Plessis began slowly; however, he gradually found his stride to keep up with Watson. Kings XI Punjab bowlers had no answers to break the pair’s comfortable stay at the crease as Watson and Faf Du Plessis punished their bowlers at will. Eventually, they completed the chase of 179 with more than two overs to spare, lifting themselves to the sixth position from the eighth.
“I felt like something that been slightly off, technically” : Shane Watson
Shane Watson felt relieved that it all came together after some technical mishaps in the last four innings. He credited the rectification in technique along with the positive intent and thought it is a delight to bat with Faf Du Plessis. He also lauded the management for having the belief in them and glad to get a victory under their belt that arrived after doing a few things right. Faf Du Plessis remained not out at 87 while in pursuit of 179.
“I felt like something that been slightly off, technically. So it was nice for it to come off. Just a combination of technique and intent. Was able to get the weight through the ball a lot better. We do complement each other well. There are bowlers he [Faf] prefers to take on and he’s a great guy and good batting with him. With so much experience and success the franchise have had, they believe in the players. We just knew we had to do a few things better. It came together,” Watson said in the post-match presentation.