Just when it looked like Rajasthan Royals' bastion will be finally conquered, Shane Watson stepped up to counter-attack and take his team past Chennai Super Kings. For the Australian all-rounder, his knock of 70 off 34 was like a dream with all his plans working to perfection.
Speaking to iplt20.com after Sunday's match, the 31-year-old said that while batting in the middle-order took him a while to adjust to, it eventually came off extremely well.
"It took me a little while to get going. I knew we had to start to take a few risks and when I did, it started to come off nicely, so it was just one of those days you dream off that everything you try, every shot that you are hoping for comes your way and it did on Sunday night," he said.
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Coming in to bat with Rajasthan four men down with only 45 on the board against the opposition's 141, Watson partnered young Stuart Binny and managed to push Chennai bowlers back. Both batsmen went about their task with menacing professionalism - frustrating the table-toppers.
"Stuy (Stuart) has been amazing, both with the bat and the ball. We didn't talk that much to be honest. We knew instinctively that Ashwin was going to be someone we have to really try and score runs off." It worked and how! The ace CSK off-spinner cost his side 23 runs off his first and only over. Watson and Binny smashed three sixes off this 11th over to change the complexion of the match.
It is this aggression and 'never say die' attitude that Watson feels will take the side all the way. "We were trying to finish the game as quickly as we could. The most important thing (going ahead in the tournament)is to keep playing good cricket," he said.