Rajasthan Royals' Shane Watson smashed his way to the first century of this edition of the Indian Premier League. Such was the ferocity with which he played that Chennai Super Kings' bowlers had no answer to the sheer talent and skill on display. (BCCI image)
Watson justified skipper Rahul Dravid's decision to bat first.
He batted with confidence and it quickly gave way to some magnificent hits. (BCCI image)
He got good support from fellow opener Ajinkya Rahane but even when he lost his company, Watson continued to blast his way forward.
His half-century came off just 29 deliveries and had five boundaries and three sixes.(BCCI image)
There was more carnage to follow as once Watson completed his fifty, he looked ready for another. (BCCI image)
The Australian reached the three-figure mark off just 60 deliveries and it included six boundaries and as many hits beyond the playing area. (BCCI image)
Watson's end came of the very next delivery as Dwayne Bravo forced him to play an inside-out shot which fell into the hands of Michael Hussey.
A valiant 101 for a player who has braved past challenges on several occasions in the past. (BCCI image)
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