Shane Watson’s campaign in IPL 2020 so far went from bad to worse on Friday as the Chennai Super Kings star failed once again with the bat in the ongoing game against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The Australia allrounder managed just 1 off five balls before being castled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
The ball was slightly outside the off stump and the right-handed batsman went for a cut shot. However, he was cramped for room and all he managed was a big inside edge before the ball bounced back onto the off-stump, signaling the end of another disappointing knock from the Australian.
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And as soon as he was dismissed, Shane Watson did not hide his emotions as he made it clear he was upset by swinging his bat in anger before walking off the field. The CSK star, who has become the man for the big occasion for the team, has failed to deliver so far.
In the tournament-opener against defending champions Mumbai Indians, he was out for just 4 although CSK had gone on to win the game. In the following two games against Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals respectively, he scored 33 and 14 respectively. CSK ended up losing both the games while chasing as their batting faltered.
CSK are in trouble in the ongoing game too while chasing 165 to. At the time of compiling this report, they were reeling at 37 for 3 in the seventh over. CSK have already lost two of their opening three games and will be desperate to get back to winning ways.
Earlier in the game, Sunrisers rode on Priyam Garg’s maiden IPL fifty to post a challenging total of 164 for 5 in their allotted 20 overs. Batting first, the David Warner-led side was off to a poor start as they lost their in-form opener Jonny Bairstow cheaply.
The likes of Manish Pandey, Warner and Kane Williamson could not do much with the bat either as Sunrisers found themselves reeling at 69 for 4 after 11 overs. At that stage, it looked like they would not even touch the 150-run mark. However, Garg scored a 23-ball fifty and shared a 77-run stand with Abhishek Sharma to guide the team to a good total.
Here is a clip of Shane Watson losing his cool after his dismissal: