Chennai Super Kings’ all-rounder and opening batsman Shane Watson scored a half-century to set up the foundation for a comfortable victory against Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi. Shane Watson, who returned to form with a half-century against Kings XI Punjab, continued his good form. However, not to get over the line while chasing 168 against Kolkata hurt Watson.
Shane Watson top-scored with 50 off 40 deliveries for Chennai Super Kings against Kolkata Knight Riders and was only one of the two batsmen to score at least 30 runs. However, things began getting tougher once he departed in the 14th over. The likes of MS Dhoni, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja and Kedar Jadhav could manage only 157 eventually.
Shane Watson underlined the feeling of not being able to get over the line as shattered. He reckons that the Super Kings should have won easily. Watson lauded the bowlers’ effort to limit the Knight Riders to 167, specifically appreciating Sam Curran, Karn Sharma, and Shardul Thakur.
“The overall assessment is that we are shattered about us not getting over the line last night. We should have closed it out, it is as simple as that. We bowled nicely to be able to restrict a powerful KKR batting line up to 167. For us, Sam Curran and Shardul Thakur bowled very well. Karn Sharma bowled so beautifully, he is a skilful leg spinner. So for us to restrict KKR to 167 was a great result,” Watson stated as quoted by India Today.
“These are the games where you wish that you had chased the score in 17 or 18 overs” : Shane Watson
The Queensland all-rounder added that Sunil Narine bowled excellently that increased the pressure on them. He reckons that Chennai should have gone past the target within 17 or 18 overs. Hence, Shane Watson revealed the need to do some soul-searching ahead of their clash against RCB.
“The three overs from Sunil Narine really stopped our momentum, and then we were up to chasing 13 or 14 an over. Yeah, it was just shattering. These are the games where you wish that you had chased the score in 17 or 18 overs, but we lost our way in the run chase. I know everyone is hurting from that game last night. We will do a bit of soul searching over the next day and a half until we face RCB in our next game,” he added.