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Watson takes CSK to Table top position and to Qualifying stage

Watson takes CSK to Table top position and Qualifying stage

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Vintage Watson back to form by hitting match winning knock of 96 from 53 balls helps CSK to take the top spot and booked the place for playoff. After a slow start Watson increased the pace of scoring runs and smashing the boundaries, Rashid Khan and Shane Watson staring at each other that add bit more spice in the match but Shane Watson showed ‘I’m the Boss here.’

After CSK won the toss Dhoni elect to bowl first, This season most dangerous openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow came to crease but Harbhajan Singh bowls an excellent quicker in outside off Bairstow played in wrong way and the ball has landed in Skipper’s gloves. Chennai crowd was happy when the opening partnership has been broken very quickly but David Wrner and Manish Pandey joined and smashing the Chennai bowlers to boundaries. Manish Pandey played well after a long time and proved his worth to the team, He crossed fifty at 11th over immediately Warner scored half century at 12th over. Their 105 runs partnership unfortunately comes to end and the scoring went down when Warner loses his wicket in Harbhajan’s over by a excellent stumping by Skipper MS Dhoni. Vijay Shankar gave some support to Manish Pandey but Shankar din’t trouble the bowlers that much by scoring 26 from 20 balls. With the help of Manish Pandey and David Warner, SRH posted 176 runs in 20 overs.

In form Faf du Plessis and form out Shane Watson came to crease to start the chase for CSK but at start itself Faf become a victim of a close run-out by Hooda and put Chenai crowd in shock. Raina and Watson paired up and moving the scoreboard slowly, After the 8th over Rashid vs Watson contest started. Rashid and Watson stared down each for sometime but Rashid took the wicket of Raina at 10th over and their well built partnership came to end. Watson was standing from one side and smashing the balls especially he smashed 4 and 6 in Rashid’s 14th over and again in 16th over. When Watson was 96 everyone thought he will hit his 4th IPL century today but unfortunately he got out in Skipper Bhuvneshwar’s bouncer and excellent catch by Bairstow but he bought the equation down to 16 off 19. After Watson’s wicket it was bit wobble in CSK’s batting Rayudu was playing without taking risk, he played like ODI game. Because of that match moved up to last over and Rayudu got out in 19.4th over but Kedhar Jadhav finishes the game in 5th ball of last over and won the by 6 wickets and booked the spot for Playoff.

Shane Watson was awarded as Man of the match for his match winning knock. Chennai gonna invite their arch rivals Mumbai in their next encounter to Anbu’den’ and Hyderabad will face Rajasthan in Jaipur in their next match.